Adolph Peters died peacefully at age 87 on February 9, 2023, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, SK, with his family by his side. He was born at home in Glenbush, SK on August 27, 1935. His parents moved the family to Greendale, BC (near Chilliwack) in 1939 where they had a dairy farm and also sold raspberries and strawberries. The latter was his favourite!
Working with his father was the beginning of Adolph’s lifelong career in carpentry. He spent time as a teenager working on his Uncle John and Aunt Helen Epp’s farm in Rosthern, SK. The Epps became a second family to him. He eventually moved to Saskatoon to continue working as a carpenter (1956), and later on to work as a carpenter at, and then teach carpentry for, Kelsey Institute (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) from 1963-79. He took a holiday from work in 1959 to drive to and tour around South America with his cousin Art Martynes, over a period of six months.
Ione Olive Margaret Bergh became Adolph’s bride on June 27, 1964, and they raised two daughters in Saskatoon. In 1980 he started his own business, Peters’ Construction. Adolph planned and built his daughter Crystal (and David’s) house in 1997 and designed and carried out major renovations on his daughter Heather (and Bruce’s) home in 2006. Adolph was well known for his carpentry skills and his ability to imagine and build the impossible and the beautiful.
When Ione retired in 1994, they moved permanently to their lovely cabin at Kinasao on Christopher Lake. They enjoyed many wonderful years there and delighted in sharing their space with visitors, while Adolph continued to take on renovation projects. Numerous nieces, nephews and other children spent countless hours at the cabin; Adolph loved them all and took them on as his own grandchildren. A love of his was fishing, and he shared that with his daughters and with the many kids visiting at the cabin.
All his life Adolph dreamt of farming and in 1992 he bought a farm near Paddockwood. It was named Crooked Rake Farm after Adolph accidentally drove over a rake there! Adolph and Ione moved back to Saskatoon in 2016. Adolph’s faith in God was strong and he valued and supported the work of Camp Kinasao, as well as the work of the Gleaners, a society that feeds hungry people around the world.
Adolph and Ione also enjoyed travelling which included three trips to Hawaii. Most years they would drive from Saskatoon to Vancouver and Vancouver Island in BC visiting family and friends on the way. In Quesnel, Heather and Bruce made sure they always had a gold claim for Adolph to go gold panning at, another of his favourite activities. Adolph always loved the mountains and appreciated every opportunity to drive through or spend time in them.
Adolph Peters was predeceased by his mother (Katherina (Epp) Peters), his father (George Peters), his brother (John Peters) and his sisters (Agnes Dusdal and Irene McBride). Adolph is survived by his wife, Ione Peters, his daughters, Heather Peters (Bruce Self) and Crystal Peters (David Fast), and his sister Sally Dyck (Ken). Adolph loved, and was loved by, many others, both family members and friends, many of whom knew him as Unc or Sonny. His loss will be felt by many.
Memorial donations may be made to the Fraser Valley Gleaners Society (www.fvgleaners.org), any of the Canadian Gleaners societies, or Kinasao Lutheran Bible Camp (www.kinasao.ca). The celebration of life will be held Monday February 20, 2023, 10:30 am, at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 130 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon, SK. Livestream will be available at https://www.faithproductions.ca/february2023
Martens Warman Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Adolph Peters.