Peter Alfred Kut
1934 - 2010
Peter was born to Mary and Andrew Kut in the homestead shack at Bay Tree, Alberta on February 5, 1934. He passed away suddenly on April 7, 2011.
Peter grew up on the farm, farming with his father. The Kuts purchased the Bonanza Store in 1955. He enjoyed the commeraderie of the customers and hauling groceries from Dawson Creek, where he always haggled for a good deal bringing home cases of over ripe bananas and reselling them to his customers at bargain basement prices. Besides putting in long hours at the store, the two men continued to farm while his mother operated the store until 1965.
In 1965 Gerta came to teach at Bonanza. She soon became the apple of his eye and they were married August 1959. Gerta continued to teach and they lived in the teacherage for a year. During the summer of '60 Peter moved the house from Baytree to his bush homestead west of Bonanza Store. We cleared the brush and roots, a lot of the clearing and piling was done with the old steel-wheeled LA Case and a homemade piler.
Norman was born in 1960 and Gord in 1963.
A few years after his near-death accident, he reluctantly gave up farming. An auction sale of the farm stuff was in April, 1996 and we moved to Pouce Coupe in July 1996 to the home where his parents had lived.
Peter served on council for 19 years for the Municipal District of Saddle Hills (Spirit River), and served 11 years on the Pouce Coupe Village Council. He was instrumental in developing the Fire Department in Bonanza.
His favorite pastime was restoring old trucks and tractors doing so until just recently. His passion was auction sales, even if it was just to visit and have a hamburger. He made friends easily, no matter where he was.
Even though Peter had many accomplishments, family meant the most to him. He loved his boys dearly and was so proud of his granddaughters and great grand babies.
Peter was predeceased by his parents Mary and Andrew Kut, his grandparents, Uncle Peter Czaban, aunts Alex Lehmann, Helen Goettel, and Sophie Witwitski.
He is survived by loving wife Gerta, sons Norman and Gord (Faith), granddaughters Chantel Loiselle(Shawn) and Nikki Kut also uncles Mat, Nick(Phyllis) Tony(Nina) , Gerta's siblings and many cousins, nieces and nephews as well as many friends.
A Celebration of Life Tea was held on Wednesday April 13, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Pouce Coupe Community Centre,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Service was lead by Daryl Jeannotte. Eulogy was read by Heidi Riggins.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Peter by way of donation to
‘Stars Grande Prairie Base’ 10911-123 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 7Z3