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PETER LAWRENCE KROEKER
Born: Mar 01, 1934
Date of Passing: Jun 09, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
PETER LAWRENCE KROEKER
He was born on his parents' farm, delivered by the well-known Steinbach community midwife, Aganetha Reimer, his grandmother. He is survived by his beloved wife Anna Klassen Kroeker, and five children: Travis (Grace), Eloa (Terry), Marilyn, Tanice (Roy) and Matthew (Colleen), and their families. Peter and Anna have 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Peter grew up in and around Steinbach with four older siblings and four younger siblings but if he suffered from "middle-child syndrome," he more than compensated for it by getting in trouble with all of them, mostly through witty and provocative speech (which got him singled out as a "Reimer"). He never lost that gift, and the gifts they returned to him. The love of his life, Anna, loved his gift and also helped harness it for an amazing life together. They were married in July 1956 and were coming up on 65 years of marriage. Peter and Anna spent their early years working in the bush camps logging in the winter and Peter doing road construction in the summer, helping build the Trans-Canada highway through Manitoba. In 1962 the family relocated to Winnipeg, where Peter worked for B.F. Klassen Construction and Norgate Supply, before starting his own excavating business, Westgate Enterprises Ltd. in 1972.
While Peter loved to work, whether in the business world or at home on his spacious rural property, he also loved to play. Above all he had a great love of life and his life was one of service to singing, laughter, story-telling and community engagement. He was devoted to his Mennonite church community: teaching, singing in the choir, song-leading, working as a deacon; serving as a board member of Red Rock camp and chairing the Christian Business Association (CBMC). He made many lifelong friendships wherever these commitments took him. He and Anna also loved to travel, visiting many countries and later in life spending winter vacations with friends and family in Palm Springs, golfing, hiking and visiting.
No doubt the greatest joys of Peter's life were time spent with family: singing, story-telling, arguing, teasing, and simply "being" in the moment. He had a great gift for being the life of a gathering, not as a performer but as a catalyst for caring relationship. He wasn't afraid to display vulnerability, emotion and open speech. His wisdom was homespun and authentic, rooted in wide experience, insatiable curiosity, and caring attention to the world. He loved people but also dogs, gardens, trees, water, birds and the sky. He loved "the least of these," and always considered himself to be one of these "least ones," which made him "great" to his loved ones and friends. He was bold and beautiful alike to all he encountered, and deeply humble and tender of heart. We love you and we will miss you, may you rest in peace eternal.
Funeral arrangements (including a memorial service) will be made through Glen Lawn Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Your Dad was a kind, Christian man. Always so welcoming of me. So sorry for your loss but happy you know you'll see him in glory someday! - Posted by: Carolyn Thiessen Holbert (Friend of Tanice) on: Jun 13, 2021
As a friend of his daughter Marilyn and part of our church youth activities, I have fond memories of spending time at the Kroeker home. Mr. Kroeker was always joyful, positive and welcoming. He was a great Christian role model for us young people. His life was a blessing to many. I thank God for his life. - Posted by: Alwine Willoughby (Family friend ) on: Jun 12, 2021
I owned Riverside Welding for 35 Years and Peter was one of my best customers and friend. Always had a good word of advice and encouragement. A type of man I think of often enough and will never forget. God bless. - Posted by: Claude Trudeau (Friend and business providerI) on: Jun 12, 2021
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