Dr. Peter Letkeman, age 82 years, of Brandon Manitoba, passed away quietly in the late evening on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, with his wife Mary (nee Olfert) Letkeman of 56 years at his side. Peter was diagnosed with stage four cancer in January 2020. From early childhood in Haskett, Manitoba, Peter lived a life of pursuing his goals and dreams both as an academic and a farm-boy. Peter followed his fascination with science and education to its pinnacle of becoming the Dean of Science at Brandon University from 1983-93, and upon retiring in 2003, receiving the President’s Medal for Service, Teaching and Research. At the same time, Peter’s love for the land, family and farming led him to invest the summer months in grain farming and raising his family near Kemnay, Manitoba. Community, faith and service were keystones in Peter’s life. He was an active member of Grace Mennonite Church, often providing leadership on various committees within the local church, Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Camps with Meaning, Mennonite Central Committee and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In addition, Peter spent countless hours playing guitar and singing for local senior homes and the hospital. Peter is survived by his wife Mary (nee Olfert) Letkeman, his three sons and their families: Lorne and Kathy Letkeman, Kayly Letkeman, Kenzie and Tyson Murray and Kristen Letkeman; Lloyd and Carol Letkeman, Brandon Letkeman and Sophie Desrochers and Benjamin Letkeman; Leon Letkeman and Elaine Johnson; Peter’s sister Betty (nee Letkeman) Wolfe; Peter’s brother and sister-in-law John and Sally (nee Olfert) Letkeman; in-laws Katherine Krahn, Anne and Abe Goertzen and Herman Olfert. A private family viewing was held on Friday, May 22, 2020, followed by a private family interment at Haskett Cemetery on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Peter had a wide relational footprint as a man of faith, family, science, education, music, agriculture, volunteerism and philanthropy. Peter’s legacy is in the people he inspired, empowered and encouraged to live well with humility and integrity. Peter will be sorely missed. His favorite verse was Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.