William Arnold “Arnie” Peebles joined the great roundup on November 19, 2010. He was 82 years old. Arnie was born on March 27, 1928 near Kinistino, Saskatchewan. He had three older siblings and one younger. They all moved to Francois Lake, BC in 1937 and homesteaded their farm that is still in operation four generations later. Like most farmers, Arnie held many careers under the wide skies of home. He was well known as a cattleman and a truck driver. He grew crops, he logged and milled, he built and repaired, he hunted game but strove to conserve nature, he rode horses and motorcycles, was a quasi-veterinarian, and a hell of a campfire yodeler. As a community member he was active in the Lakes District Cattlemen’s Association, the Farmer’s Institute and Fall Fair, 4-H groups, the Francois Lake Recreation Commission, and other local causes (especially the needs of neighbours). He involved himself in crop sciences, provincial/federal agriculture bodies, local history, hockey and baseball, dancing, and was never far from a cowboy song. His best and favourite career was that of family man. His neighbours cherished him and his wife and kids adored him – all of it well earned by his gentle, kind, intelligent ways. His good nature prevailed even in the late stages of the prolonged illness that eventually caught up with him. Sincere thanks is extended to family physician and friend Dr. Greg Norman, and the many but individually appreciated people (staff, residents and regular visitors) at The Pines who took special care of Arnie. Arnie was predeceased by mother and father Elsie and Peter Peebles, brother Donald Peebles, sister and brother-in-law Pat and Charlie Nourse, and brother-in-law Cornie Stanton.
He is survived by wife Bernadette, sons Gary (Kate) and Frank (Carla), grandchildren Kyle, Leigh, Sarah, Brett and Meghan, brother Robert (Frances), sister Jean, many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a vast circle of loved ones. They have one more rider in the sky leading the strays back home.