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RODNIE (ROD) VALLEY PEPPLER

Date of Passing: Jun 22, 2020

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RODNIE (ROD) VALLEY PEPPLER

It is with deep sadness, that the family of Rodnie (Rod) Peppler, aged 85, shares the news of his passing on June 22, 2020.
Rod was predeceased by Eileen, his loving wife and partner of 61 years; as well as his sister Shirley.
Rod will be lovingly remembered by his two children, Blair (Darlene) and Kim (Kevin) and his three cherished grandsons, Will (Shannon), Bryn (Rachel) and Simon. Rod is survived by his sister Sandra Fritz (John) and their two children, Jackie and Greg. Rod will also be fondly remembered by his niece Wendy (Gerry) and brother-in-law Brian (Marilyn).
Rod truly had many talents and interests that provided him with wonderful life experiences and memories. He will be remembered most as a knowledgeable and caring educator, a committed basketball official and organizer and a loving and supportive husband, dad and grandfather! His passing will leave a gap in our family and our hearts.
The family would like to thank Sandra and John Fritz for the tremendous support and love they gave to both Rod and Eileen. Additionally, sincere thanks are extended to the staff of River Ridge and the Luther Home for their professional care, unflagging patience and kindness.
Funeral services for Rod will be delayed pending the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada (www.diabetes.ca) or a charity of your choice.

This obituary can also be viewed at
www.cropo.com.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2020

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • It is sad to learn of Mr. Peppler's passing. I started as a student at Beaumont in 1969 and remember Mr. Peppler with a tremendous amount of gratitude and respect for his leadership and contribution to such a welcoming school environment. My family moved to Vancouver for my high school years and I still think back fondly about my times at Beaumont and Mr. Peppler. Our lives seemed to stay in parallel pathways as I became a teacher and a Principal and was heavily involved in coaching youth basketball as well. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Kevin Reimer (Former Student) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • My wife and I attended Eileen's funeral and had a chance to visit with Rod for the first time in many years...although his health had deteriorated, his mind and sense of humor and humanity was still fully intact...although his profound sense of loss for Eileen was apparent, we shared many happier memories of bygone years. Reading through the memories and condolences, it's easy to see the positive impact Rod had on so many. Our thoughts are with the family. - Posted by: Ty and Jane Pfeifer (Cousin) on: Jul 12, 2020

  • It's with sadness that we have just learned of Rod's passing. Thinking of you Kim, and your family, in this difficult time. Just a few words of thanks for a wonderful, kind person that I had the opportunity to work with at River West Park. Rod...Thank you for all of your detailed picky report card comments… you helped to make me a much better teacher. Thank you for all of the nerve wracking performance reviews in my early years of teaching…you helped to make me a much better teacher. Thank you for your love of sport and coaching...you helped to inspire me in my career in the promotion of physical activity for all. Thank you for all your attention to detail, your direction, encouragement, praise, support, and kindness…you helped to make me a better person. You are greatly appreciated, and will be missed. - Posted by: Kim Sauder (Teacher) on: Jul 10, 2020

  • Mr Rod Peppler’s passing came as a shock to me. Rod helped me grow as a referee and I will always remember him. He leaves us with nothing except respect and gratitude for being the great human being he was! All of us know he was special. thanks Rod💜 - Posted by: Brian Saiko (former Basketball referee ) on: Jul 03, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of Rod's passing. He hired me to teach at River West Park School when we first moved to Winnipeg. He was a wonderful man with a good sense of humour, a kind heart, and a very large vocabulary. He was an excellent principal and leader but what really stands out in my mind was his love of family. He always spoke so highly of his wife, children and grandchildren and was very proud of all of you. He was a gem and will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Jane Nichols (Colleague ) on: Jun 29, 2020

  • Rod was Martin’s principal at Beaumont and mine at a River West Park. He was a formidable presence with a heart of gold. We have so many memories of Rod and recognize how much he impacted both of us, professionally and personally. Rod was a stand up man....principled, direct and empathetic. We had many conversations about life and one of the things he always stressed was family comes first. He often talked about his family with obvious pride. The world has lost a special man. Our condolences to his entire family. - Posted by: Wendy and Martin Wagner (Colleague/mentor) on: Jun 29, 2020

  • Reading Rod Peppler’s obituary today brought back instant clear memories of “Mr. Peppler”, my high school math teacher at Edmund Partridge Junior High School in West Kildonan. He also counselled and tutored me in math. He was a thoughtful, dedicated and understanding educator. He had humour and a no nonsense approach. We had a congenital teacher and student trust, by in part, we had the same name Rod. My condolences to his family, friends and those who shared that special walk in life with Mr. Peppler. - Posted by: Rod Westmacott (A thankful Student) on: Jun 28, 2020

  • Rod was my principal when I worked at Beaumont and River West Park. He was always supportive and provided excellent guidance to me. I was impressed how he knew every student by name and how carefully he reviewed every report card. He was very dedicated to his family, work and basketball. I wish to offer my condolences to all his friends and family. - Posted by: Heather Willoughby (Teacher) on: Jun 28, 2020

  • Mr. Peppler will be so fondly remembered. He was a wonderful Principal at Beaumont School to myself and my brother. RIP Mr. Peppler - Posted by: Patty Green (Former Student 1978-1981) on: Jun 28, 2020

  • Oh where do we start, a respected basketball referee and principal is an understatement. Rod's presence at a game brought many nervous nights. I remember a referee thinking he had done a great job and the first thing he was asked by Rod, was, "what colour socks was he wearing", lol. The wrong colour. But once you gained that respect it was there forever and he was loyal to you through thick and thin. Going to miss those short conversations that were hints on what I needed to be looking at improving as a principal of a school as well. - Posted by: scott shier (friend/mentor) on: Jun 27, 2020

  • Rod hired me for my first teaching job many, many years ago. After an interview that lasted probably 1.5 hours, he offered the job. I hesitated and asked if I could get back to him in a few days as I hoped to be hired on at the school where I was student teaching. He was somewhat taken aback, but said that was fine. I called him back later that week and said I would like to accept. I think as pay back, Rod had me sit through another 1 hour interview with just he and I. It was worth it. I learned a great deal from Rod in terms of caring for students, taking pride in our profession, and being a productive member of a school’s staff. He will always be remembered for his famous phrase, “Remember who you are, and where you come from.” - Posted by: Blair Morden (Former colleague ) on: Jun 27, 2020

  • Blair, Darlene and all your families, We are sorry for your loss. May your precious memories of your times together help you all through this time of sorrow. May he Rest In Peace. Keeping you all in thought and prayer. In deepest sympathy and love - Posted by: Rich and Diane Hirsekorn (cousins) on: Jun 27, 2020

  • Mr. Peppler was my principal at Beaumont for my entire elementary school life. (1973-1980; Jackie was in my grade) He knew each and every kid. He was an extremely influential person in my life and I’m so thankful that, via Jackie, I was able to recently let him know that. He remembered me 40 years and how many students later?! That says a lot about a man who was a blessing to education. “Never forget who you are, or where you’re from.” I shan’t ever. Thank you, Mr. Peppler and Godspeed. - Posted by: Sheila McEntire (McLean) (Former student ) on: Jun 27, 2020

  • Rod was a wonderful principal, mentor, boss and most importantly a friend. He was a principal when my son was at Beaumont and he shares funny stories about his years with Rod at the helm. I had lunch with Rod about 2 years ago and shared many tales of days past. I will cherish the memories. Rod can now rest in peace with his love Eileen - Posted by: Marilyn Davis (Colleague ) on: Jun 27, 2020

  • Our sincere sympathy to Rodnie’s family & friends. May your wonderful memories sustain you now and always. - Posted by: Gerry & Bev Peppler (Cousin Gerry) on: Jun 27, 2020

  • Mr. Peppler was Principal when my children went to Beaumont School. He was a big part of their lives at that time and such a positive influence. He used to tie my daughter's braids under her chin and always had such a wonderful, playful manner about him, all the while respecting the kids, teachers and parents and 'running a tight ship'. Our family sends condolences to his family. - Posted by: Lois Forzley (school relationship) on: Jun 27, 2020

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