PEREPELKIN, Stephen John born July 4, 1962 to November 10, 2020 aged 58 years It is with absolute shock that the family of Stephen Perepelkin announce his sudden passing on Tuesday November 10, 2020 at the age of 58 years. Steph grew up on a farm south of Veregin where he developed a passion for farming, specifically tractors and field work. While still in high school, Stephen became a school bus driver and delivered fuel. After high school he went to Kelsey in Saskatoon for mechanics. He returned back to Veregin and was employed at Kendall Motors in Kamsack for over 20 yrs. He continued to farm throughout his career as a mechanic. After the closing of Kendall’s, he got a 1A driving license and started transporting fuel in a big truck. He eventually moved to the Weyburn area, living in Halbrite and working as a dispatcher at Dempsey trucking. When Stephen wasn’t working you could find him helping out and enjoying the company of the Johnston family. On his days back in Veregin he would be at the local Tim’s having a coffee or a beer. Stephen was a mentor to his younger brother Darren, teaching him the ins and outs of the auction sale. Stephen and Darren are famous in the family for providing entertainment at a country wedding reception where they demonstrated how to fire up a John Deere unstyled AR which attracted a lot of attention. Steph’s siblings will fondly remember times spent driving around the country roads, checking crops and enjoying the scenery. Stephen will be greatly missed my his mother Mary that always had a meal for him in return for him completing a task, some good company, and a card game of Wizard. Steph influenced and made an impact on a lot of lives in all circles of his life.
A message to the family from a Demsey’s coworker and close friend states the following, “At work Stephen was dependable always there no matter the circumstances were ... He was extremely hardworking ...He was respected by his drivers because he was “one of them “even though he was their boss...He cared about you ... honestly and genuinely cared about people. His voice was smooth, steady and calming. It would relax you in the most troublesome of times. And when things got too tough to take he’d find a way to make you smile. And in that moment you would catch your breath, and in that breathe you would find strength to carry on.“
He is survived by his mother Mary, brother Randy (Gail) and their daughters Rhea (Ben) Elder and Gina and Tara, and sister Cindy (Brian) Kistner. Stephen is predeceased by his father Nick, sister Shelley and recently his brother Darren. Thank you to all the family and friends that have reached out to us with many comforting words, thoughts and memories of Stephen.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, south of Veregin. Those who so desire may make memorial donations to the Veregin New Horizons Centre (Box 95, Veregin, SK. S0A 4H0) as gifts of remembrance. To leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit Wolkowski.ca
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