Obituary – Sam Peters

Sam Peters
Sam Peters

Sam Peters was born in Barnes Crossing, Sask., to Isaac and Helen Peters, on Dec. 30, 1944. He passed away June 15, 2016 in High Prairie. He was 71 years old.

Sam was the second in a family of 11. After Sam was born, his parents moved to Warman, Sask., where he went to school until he was in Grade 3.
At the age of 11 his parents moved to Coaldale, Alta. where his dad got him and his older brother a job milking and feeding cattle in winter and hoeing sugar beets in summer.

In 1964 he went to Saskatoon, Sask. for Christmas where he met the love of his life, Vivian. A year later they married, and moved to Taber, Alta., where he continued to farm.

Sam worked long, hard hours seeding and irrigating corn, sugar beets, and grain for low pay. In the summer months in the evening and on weekends he would hoe sugar beets for some extra money. In the winter months he fed cattle in the feed lot and fixed equipment. He always worked with scrap metal.

In 1966 their first daughter, Hayley, was born. In 1967 their second daughter, Ronda, came along, then son Gerry was born in 1970.

In 1973 he bought his first truck, a three-ton IHC. He enjoyed it so much that he bought the second truck, a five-ton IHC. These trucks hauled peas, corn, and sugar beets right off of the fields around Taber and area to the cannery and sugar factory located in Taber.

In 1975 he quit farming and started out on an adventure all his own. He bought an acreage and continued hauling produce in summer months and working on scrap metal recycling.

In 1979 he bought three new IHC gravel trucks and a huge loader. “Sam Peters Trucking” was born. He began loading and hauling gravel for MP Crushing in Lethbridge. Later on, his trucks were part of a project to repave the entire Highway 3 from Taber to Lethbridge.

On evenings and weekends he would load up the whole family, the children in the sleeper of the truck, and Vivian in the passenger seat, and would haul topsoil and gravel to other customers. He was always busy, but enjoyed taking the entire family along.

While the trucking was going on he also had an auto wrecking yard running. He had a team that would rebuild vehicles in his shop. He would take such ugly old vehicles and turn them into beautiful machines. He would do the mechanical, a friend and co-worker would do the painting, and his mother-in-law would do the interior work.

He also experimented and designed many machines designed to deal with scrap car bodies and unwanted appliances and other such metals. During the course of his life he built two car crushers, one appliance baler, three flatbed tow trucks, a couple of shears, etc. He would take trailers that were inexpensive and useless and turn them into trailers that are still working today.

It was so amazing to watch him work. He could see what he wanted to do in his mind and without a blueprint or anything he could build it. The amazing thing, no matter how impossible it seemed to us, when it was done … it worked!

In 1983 Delynn was born.

In 1986 he came to Valleyview with his gravel trucks to participate in a government stock piling project. Although everything went wrong, he fell in love with the north country.

In 1988, he organized a convoy of equipment and people, mostly family, to tour the Southern Alberta countryside cleaning up scrap car bodies from dump sites. He was in Stettler, Drumheller, Champion, Carmangay, Vulcan, just to name a few. His convey was quite the sight, about a quarter-mile long. It consisted of a crane for crushing [smashing] cars, a huge loader, semis, trailers, trucks, campers, and tow trucks. As a family this was one of our biggest adventures. We all loved it.

Then in 1990 he moved to High Prairie. He continued on with the scrap metal recycling business adventure as “Big Meadow Salvage”. He continued creating machines to do the job better and to be able to haul more.

More than anything, Sam loved his family. He treasured special occasions and just waited for everyone to be at home at the same time. He loved the noise, he loved to wrestle, he loved to laugh and joke with everyone. He did everything in his life with the intention of making it better for his family.

Sam accomplished many amazing things in his life. He wanted to accomplish so much more.

Sam was predeceased: by both of his parents; his brothers Ed and Jim; and his sister, Norma Jean.

He leaves behind: his wife, Vivian; his daughters Hayley, Ronda [Tracey]; his sons Gerry [Joy], Delynn [Richa]; his grandchildren Vivian, Troy [Shannon], Jazz, Rickylynn, Jesse, Wilsyn, Ryder, and Dax; his great grandchildren Eldon, Sierra, Serena, Daniel, Maria, Kylee; and his good friend, Shyam.

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