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Walter Peter Petker

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On his third birthday, Walter’s family immigrated as refugees to Chilliwack, B.C. Walter worked summers at Pioneer Pacific Camp, Thetis Island, B.C. In 1964, he attended Bible school in Clearbrook, B.C., then Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. After working in northern B.C. sawmills, he married Margaret. In 1975, they moved to Vancouver Island. With his servant heart, Walter became a Bible study leader and property manager at Saanich (B.C.) Community Church. He retired from Corrections Canada in 1997, and helped Mennonite Disaster Service in Manitoba for several weeks. Walter and Marg began a hobby farm and B&B in Rosedale, B.C., the next year. Two trips to Peru to serve Camp LaJoya were highlights. After Walter was diagnosed with chronic leukemia, he and Marg sold the farm. At Sardis Community Church, Chilliwack, Walter led Bible studies and used his love for photography to make PowerPoints.


  • Birth: February 14, 1945
  • Birthplace:
  • Death: April 20, 2013
  • Parents:
    Henry & Mary (Dueck) Petker
  • Married:
    Margaret Krahn, Sept. 27, 1969
  • Family:
    Margaret; sons Dean, Jason (Carla)
  • Baptism:
    East Chilliwack (B.C.) MB (now Central), 1962