Peter Eugene Jantzen of Yarrow, B.C. passed away Apr. 25, 2001.
He was born June 29, 1924 to Peter and Elizabeth Jantzen in Neuhalbstadt, Sagradovka, Ukraine. They moved to Harris, Sask. in 1926, then to Oxbow, Sask., then to Yarrow, B.C. in 1929.
At 15, he accepted Christ during evangelistic meetings. He was baptized and joined Yarrow MB Church in 1943. He attended Bible school in Yarrow 1940-43, then worked as a conscientious objector on several farms in the Fraser Valley and Ladner, B.C.
He married Erna Wiebe Apr. 22, 1945. He worked at Canadian Hop Yards on Sumas Prairie. They moved back to Yarrow. He co-owned Valley Meats, drove truck for Yarrow Freight and Fuels, and built highways throughout B.C. for Diamond Construction.
Wanting to be closer to his family, he worked for Yarrow Lumber Yard (Pioneer BuildAll), then for 23 years as a millwright and purchasing agent for Guenther Doors, travelling to Taiwan, Borneo, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the US.
He sang in the church choir, sang in the Gospel Messengers male quartet 1947-52, organized a male choir and sang in the Men of Song in Central Heights MB Church in Abbotsford, B.C. Church was important to him. He led congregational singing, did fund-raising for the church organ and ran the sound system.
He loved working in his yard and garden, growing beautiful flowers and freely sharing the produce with others. He enjoyed woodworking, making bowls, clocks, rolling pins and baskets. He was a prayer warrior, praying faithfully for his friends and family.
In March 1999 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is mourned by Erna; daughters Shirlee Fast of Greendale, B.C., Evelyn Brown of Edmonton and Terri Braun of B.C.; 10 grandchildren; 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
The funeral was Apr. 30 in Yarrow MB Church, with Henry Baerg ministering.