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Peter Derksen

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Peter was the youngest of 11 children (4 of whom died in infancy). His family immigrated to Canada in 1927, settling on a farm in Boissevain, Man. He attended Bluevale School; Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Gretna, Man.; and Winkler (Man.) Institute. He met Mary in 1952 when she came to teach in Bluevale. In Grade 10, Peter was convicted while reading Romans 8:10, and he accepted Jesus as Saviour. He was ordained to ministry in 1967 and served in Boissevain MB Church, St. Andrews Community Church, and finally, Westview Seniors Lodge, where he remained until age 91. Peter loved, supported and took pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandson, faithfully praying for each one. He was always ready with an affirming word of encouragement, a firm handshake and a twinkle in his eye.

  • Birth: January 20, 1922
  • Birthplace:
    Fischau, Ukraine
  • Death: June 19, 2016
  • Parents:
    David D. & Susanna (Adrian) Derksen
  • Married:
    Mary Thiessen, Oct 2, 1954
  • Family:
    Mary; daughters Marilyn (Merle Neufeld), Phyllis (Bruce Kroeker), Lorna (David Berg); 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson
  • Church:
    Boissevain (Man.) MB
  • Baptism:
    July 19, 1942