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Peter Regier

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Peter’s family immigrated to Canada, landing in Halifax in 1930. They travelled to Winnipeg, then Winkler, Man., settling in Coaldale, Alta., in 1931. Peter attended Coaldale School until 15. After that, he helped on the farm. Winters from 1941–43, he attended Coaldale Bible School. Here he accepted Jesus as Saviour. During WWII, he was a conscientious objector in the forests of Whitecourt and Jasper, Alta., and had a lively correspondence with Annie. They enjoyed nearly 69 good years together, farming in the Coaldale area and raising 6 children. To supplement the farm income, Peter had off-the-farm jobs. He didn’t retire until he was over 80. He served church and community boards and committees. An avid reader and student of the Bible, Peter taught vacation Bible school, Sunday school, and religious instruction in public school. He served the diaconate and lay ministry. The Regiers always had Sunday dinner ready for newcomers to the church. Peter lent his fine bass voice to male quartets and choirs. His hobby was creating elaborate train sets. His greatest pleasure was time with family, making many trips to see children and relatives. He faithfully memorized Scripture; at his memorial, guests saw a video of Peter reciting 1 Peter 1:1–9 in his last days.

  • Birth: December 16, 1923
  • Birthplace:
    Ebenfeld, Crimea, Russia
  • Death: April 27, 2018
  • Parents:
    Peter & Margaret (Dueck) Regier
  • Married:
    Annie Thiessen, May 30, 1946 [d. 2015]
  • Family:
    children John (Mary Lou), Jack (Lil), Anne (Gilbert) Sperling, Joy (Alvin) Thielmann, Lue (Tim) Wiens, Larry (Jolayne); 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings
  • Baptism:
    Coaldale (Alta.) MB