In Memory Of


Marvin Christian Peterson

Mar 16, 1933 - Dec 17, 2019


Friday, January 10, 2020
2:00 pm
A Celebration of Marvin’s Life will be held in the Sanctuary of Immanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 2pm. Private interment to take place in the morning.


Memorial donations in Marvin’s name may be made to the West Country Family Services or to the donor’s choice.


Marvin Christian PETERSON

1933 -- 2019

It is with heavy hearts that the Peterson family announces Marvin’s passing into the arms of Jesus on December 17th, at the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre. Our beloved husband, father, uncle and “Pa” was 86.

Marvin leaves to mourn, Ruth, his loving wife of 59 years; five children: Kevin (Colleen), Warren (Lise), Paul, Rhonda (Monique) and Carla (Ian); eight grandchildren: Travis, Hannah (Lem), Colin, Abbey, Jaxson, Sadie, James and Alana; and one great-grandchild: Hudson.

Marvin was born March 16, 1933 to Oscar and Maggie, at the Peterson homestead in Alhambra. His sister, Doreen (Jessop) died in 2017, and while Marvin had no brothers, his cousin Leo Lund, was always considered one – the trio were inseparable.

His early days were surrounded by family; both the Petersons and the Kirbys lived in the Alhambra district and there was no shortage of aunts, uncles and cousins. The 1930s were hard; but Marvin only had good things to say about it -- often remarking that “he grew up in a playground”. Marvin started school at Little Horseguard and attended high school in Rocky Mountain House. He enjoyed learning and did well. Numerous A+ report cards and first-place ribbons were kept in his box of treasures.

The early working years included forestry, the sawmill, seismograph, the pulp mill, and surveying for the highways. He’ll be mostly remembered, though, for his 30-plus years at Westview Plumbing & Heating. With co-owners, brother-in-law Bill Jessop and friend Carl Haupt, Marvin was not only a plumber and a gasfitter, but also head of PR, chief financial officer and official joke-teller. In those days, Westview supplied much of the town’s plumbing and heating needs. Marv was well-known for his quick wit and deadpan delivery; people regularly called into the shop for a coffee and a chat -- whether they needed plumbing-help or not.

Retiring from full-time plumbing, Marvin tackled leisurely pursuits. He had been carving things out of wood since he was a young boy; now he really came into his own. Many are the proud owners of various hand-carved chains, bears, moose, or ‘long-eared hoot owls’. He also carved accurate wooden replicas of tools such as pliers, pipe wrenches and crescent wrenches -- complete with moving parts. Someone once asked him how he could turn a piece of wood into a bird. Marv told him, “You just carve away the bits… that don’t look like a bird!”

From a very early age, music was to play a significant role in Marvin’s life. He took great pride in telling people that he had played the piano for more than 80 years -- and the accordion for 75. Marvin never learned to read sheet music; but he could play just about any instrument, in any key. And he made it look so easy. Over the course of eight decades he played with many bands and musicians -- no matter the band though, Marv was always there, accordion at the ready.

Marvin loved sports, especially baseball. In his school days, he enjoyed track & field, curling, hockey and baseball. And as a young man, he and Ruth brought home a good selection of bowling trophies. In his later years, if the curling was on TV he’d be watching -- if the Blue Jays were playing, the curling became a close second.

Sadly, in 2009, Marvin’s life took a significant detour which left him wheelchair-bound and no longer independent. Surgical complications left him in hospital for more than nine months. He never let it define him though – his disability wasn’t who he was, it was just something that happened to him. Thanks to Ruth, Marvin was finally able to come home. Her commitment and dedication to him -- and their life in the disability world -- was a challenge she met, head on. With her continued support, and the assistance provided by West Country Services, they continued to lead a full and happy life despite the challenges thrown their way.

Marvin continued volunteering on a weekly basis, playing his accordion or the piano at the Westview Lodge, the Good Samaritan or the Rocky Hospital. We often joked that Dad was “in his 80s and playing for the oldies”. With his physical activity now limited he finally took pen to paper -- and we all enjoyed his stories, regularly published in the Western Star.

Our family gratefully thanks the nursing team and doctors of Rocky, especially the care and kindness shown to him while he was in palliative care. We also recognize and thank the wonderful staff of West Country Services for their years of dedication, care and service.

A Celebration of Marvin’s Life will be held in the Sanctuary of Immanuel Lutheran Church on Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 2pm. Private interment to take place in the morning.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome in Marvin’s name to the West Country Family Service Association.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


Richard and Barb Artzen:

Marvin was a talented and entertaining man. Dad (Ferdie Artzen) and I used to enjoy his company at Westview Plumbing and whenever he did jobs for the family. We loved his music. Sorry for your loss.

Chris & Alain Leclerc:

Deepest condolences to Ruth and the family. Marvin was a wonderful man and contributed so much to the community. May happy memories give you comfort.

Art and Carol Jobs:

Thoughts and prayers to Ruth and family.Marvin was blessed with his love of music and enjoyed all his stories.

Becky and Dale Soppit:

Our deepest condolences. He will be missed. His stories will live on and his love of story telling will be his legacy. Mom had such wonderful stories and memories of Marvin. We grew up listening to Marvin stories!!! He was also a big part of the Soppit family memories...with his help with furnace and plumbing well as his 'Marvin' helpfulness. I know that dad (Lou) counted on Marvin in so many ways. The world is a better place because of Marvin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Richard and Debra Foote:

Marvin was a man of many talents but one of his greatest gifts is how he made people feel. He was such a wonderful man. Our sincere condolences to dear Ruth and her family.Marvin will be missed by all.

Peter Hansinger:

I was saddened to hear of Marvin's passing. I extend my deepest condolences to the Peterson Family. Marvin was a terrific person with so many talents and he will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him.

Ella Thate and Ted Bjornson and Families::

Deepest condolences to Ruth and family ,also Leo plus Coral and families and all other cousins.
We'd love to be there with you but it's just not possible. However, please know that "Our Spirit is there amongst you."
We'll always remember Marvin and the tricks and laughs shared when together. We enjoyed the love displayed and memories created. Our close relationship through our Grandparents, Ma and Pa Peterson will always be treasured. We truly enjoyed sharing the stage with you Marvin at the Grand Forks B.C. Gospel Jamboree a few years ago. Prayers and many hugs to all.

Karin Nijenhuis:

Our deepest condolences Ruth and family. He was an amazing man, and a kind man. He has done so many good things for this town, and its citizens. He will be remembered for his music, stories, smiles, and volunteer work. He was one of a kind.

Tammy Cote:

So sorry to her this news.
Marvin and Ruth, Rocky Mountain House is a better place for your many contributions and your presence. Thank you
Thinking of you all, Marvin’s family.

Ellen and Evaleen Siegle:

Our heartfelt condolences. Marvin will be missed so much. I remember his laugh so well. He was such a happy and kind man with a story or joke to be told. It was a joy to know him. Sending you love, prayer and hugs.

Evelyn Zuberbier :

I share your sorrow with your loss of Marvin. I could just repeat everyone’s comments of memories of him. He treated everyone the same so we all have the same wonderful thoughts about him. I was so happy to visit with he and Ruth at brother Irvin’s 90th birthday party last summer. He was the same joyful guy we have always known. My favourite memories are when Roy and I got to dance for years to the beat of his great music.
I commend you Ruth, for the loving care and attention to all his needs. I’m sure his life was extended for years because of the TLC you continually gave him.
I send my love and condolences to all of the Peterson family.

Terry and Sylvia Nile:

Marvin"s memory will be one that will bring a smile to every one just as he always did. He is loved and missed. God bless you Ruth and family.

Annette Gray:

Dear Ruth
How time flies.It seems such a short time since you and Marvin were married and we watched your children growing up. God bless you with many good memories of Marvin and his love for you and your family.

Yvonne Hansen:

Marvin will always live in the hearts and memories of all the people he touched with his music, laughter and love of life. His kindness toward everyone he met, his ready smile and outlook on life and living, his helping hand, all gifts he shared freely, he truly was blessed to be a blessing.
We share your sorrow of his passing, knowing that he rests in the arms of the Lord he loved. To the family he loved and cherished , may the Lord give you His peace and love.
Thank you Marvin for sharing your life with all of us, we are better people because of you!

Larry & Gail Russell:

Ruth and family:
Sincere condolences. Marvin was a truly talented man. We thank the Lord that we were able too get to know Marvin and enjoyed his music talent in church and get togethers. We also enjoyed his stories and have a couple of his carvings. He always had a smile and joke for everyone. Our prayers to you all.

Brian and Patricia Tatlock:

We were saddened to hear of Marvin's passing. Having known him for all my life I have so many fond memories. Marvin had a sense of humour unlike anyone else. He was always smiling and making jokes and left you feeling better. I had the pleasure of sharing the playing of organ and piano with Marvin at Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday mornings for a number of years. Marvin was a wonderful person and musician. When we moved to Ontario it was more difficult to keep in touch but our paths crossed a few times over the years. We are keeping you, Ruth, and family in our prayers and pray God will comfort you during this difficult time. Good bless.

Jeannie DeWindt:

Dear Ruth , & Family
We are so sorry to hear of Marvin’s passing .
He was such a kind , thoughtful man . Our thoughts
and deepest sympathy goes out to you at this sad time .

Tom & Rena Stewart :

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your Husband,Father,and Grandfather Marvin's presence in the Community will be missed,his historical participation in building both friendships and business relationships will be left in not only your memories but the community as well.

Leslie Jensen:

My Dearest Ruth,

There are no words that can ease the sadness and loss of such a warm, loving, man. The hours spent with you both will forever be cherished and fond memories kept close to my heart.

I pray for you and your family, as you navigate through this difficult time and may the peace of knowing Marvin is Home bring you and your loved ones some comfort.

Love and Hugs.

Clark and Donna Heimbeckner:

We were so sorry to hear about Marv. Our deepest condolences to the Peterson family. He was such a nice man with many talents. He will be missed.

Donna Hunley :

Thinking of all of you at this time. Great memories through the years and living in your neighborhood many years ago. May all the special memories help you through this difficult time

Kylie Webber:

Dear Ruth, Carla and family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Marvin. We all have fond memories of him belting out a tune on the piano at the Tavern. Know your Aussie family are sending you hugs and love. Xx The Johns Family.

Joanne & Norm Long:

Sending sincere condolences to the entire families of Marvin Peterson in the loss of your loved one. Having moved out of province in 1979, 40 years ago today it has been a very long time since I last saw Marvin but will never forget him because he was part of the band that played for our wedding, 55 years ago this past Aug.. May your fond & cherished memories of this "fine gentleman" be of comfort in easing the pains & sorrows of your loss during this very difficult time. RIP, Marvin & be sure to play your accordion for entertaining those who you are with now.

Lauren Fisher:

He was an amazing man with his great sense of humour be it life or plumbing business. Greatest accordion man ever! Have loved his stories in western star and now his book. May the memories of a loving husband, father and grandpa keep him ever near in each of your hearts.

Delores Bird:

I am so sad to read this obituary this morning. It was early in 1972 that we became next door neighbors on 51st Ave and I can say that even as our lives have taken much different paths in the town of Rocky and me especially moving from there that I have not forgotten the good neighbors that we remained. I was lucky to have a visit a couple of years ago with him, Ruth and Carla when I was visiting the area. I know that Marvin's stories will always be a part of relatives and friends lives as they live on in his book. My deepest condolences to you Ruth and the family...sending you all love and hugs!

Stewart Stephanson :

Dear Ruth, and all Marvins family.
These last few days, Marvin has been on my mind a lot. This news is very hard to hear and accept. He was a special fellow in so many ways. I stopped here, to play “ The Old Accordian Man - Isla Grant. It always moves me, and Marvin is at the Center of my thoughts
when it plays. Marvin played a large part in my 36 years at the gas utility, so many memories like calling his work number, and Marvin would answer, Thank You
for calling Westview Plumbing leaky pipe factory! I would suggest every time to work on a better reply.
I recall Marvin meeting me at our daughter Joys home
in Edmonton for some major bathroom plumbing work.
After a coffee at nearby Tim’s about 9 am we started.
At some point in the am, we hauled the old bath tub out the front door and threw it on the lawn. A young lad from next door looking on remarked, what cha doing, changing the bath tub? Marvin immediately dead pans, no son, were going to clean it, just wanted to get it out where we could work on it! ( so Marvin ) I think it was same day, Marvin looked at his watch and comments, in another hour it will be close to midnite, going to be on OT! Never wanted to stop listening if were in his company.
We had the pleasure of living across the street from the Peterson’s, for 21 years. I know because the day they were done moving, they both came to our door with a card thanking us for that many years of being great neighbors!
So many memories, my 50 th birthday ( 24 plus years ago ) Marvin and Art Bott playing some music and sitting with many old friends now gone.
I could go on and on, but to all the family, just know how much he was loved!
( we still have his hand carved wood
tool to remove toast from our toaster oven )
Jean and I, give our most heart felt condolences to all his family ( and many friends )

Richard and Debra Foote:

Our deepest condolences to Ruth and his family. Marvin was such a bright light and will be missed. Sending prayers and hugs for you all.

Murray and Sharon Trusler:

The world is a better place thanks to Marvin. His stories, music, whittlings, sense of humour and kindness will long be remembered. Our sincerest condolences go out to Ruth and family. And a word of thanks to Marvin for writing so many of his stories down. It is a wonderful legacy written by a wonderful guy. Thanks Marvin, you will keep us smiling!

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