Peter Tschetter

Peter Tschetter


November 11, 1936 - May 10, 2023


Peter Tschetter, 86, of Emery, SD, died Tuesday, May 10, 2023, at his home under hospice care surrounded by his family.  Funeral services will be at 1:30 PM Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Fulton Christian Fellowship Church in Fulton, SD.  Burial will be at Emery Community Cemetery in Rural Emery.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at the Church.

Peter Tschetter was born in New Elm Springs Colony on November 20, 1936, to Christian and Rebecca Tschetter the oldest of 11 children.

At age 17, he briefly left the colony and documented his experience as a ranch hand on N Bar Ranch in Lewiston, Montana. An inquisitive and bright mind afforded him opportunities even at a young age. At age 20 he was appointed English teacher at Big Stone Colony, a position he held for five years. Following that he held various animal management positions, as well as Colony Manager and Minister.

Peter married his sweetheart Rachel Wurtz from Glendale Colony on September 13, 1959, in Big Stone Colony. They had 8 children and went through all the challenges and struggles of raising a large family in a traditional Hutterite setting as well as raising a special needs child. These years were also the beginning of a transformation and hunger to know God on a deeper level. This hunger created more questions than answers. This was the beginning of an internal conflict as well as an external conflict with established religious fortresses of Hutterite doctrine - which he defended with a passion.

At age 40, the family moved to Pleasant Valley colony, where Peter was appointed colony manager and two months later head minister for 12 years. Those years proved to be difficult ones pandering to the religious structure while at the same time desiring to present the Bible's truth: no man can serve two masters.

In June of 1990, against a tide of descent, Peter and Rachel decided to leave the colony and join their children. It was a bold step of faith into an unknown territory. But the unfailing love and grace of God shown in innumerable incidents, caused the anger and harshness of past seasons of their lives to loosen its grip. The love of God opened his eyes, and Peter wrote many letters personally apologizing for how he had handled certain situations and people in his charge while he had been a pastor. His heart was to always preach the Gospel and pray for whoever he came across.

Peter and Rachel, lived in MN, SD, ND, Mexico, and Idaho, which was the most enjoyable for them. After which, they settled near their youngest daughter Anita and her family who provided needed assistance and oversight until the end. Everywhere Peter went his harmonica went as well.

And now after a rich life, he is united in glory with his beloved wife Rachel, daughter Debbie, and three great-grandchildren: Elias Decker, Carrie Stahl, and Jenna Wipf. And four known preterm deaths and his beloved lapdog Lisa. Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers Andrew and Ernie Tschetter, sisters Sara Hofer and Anna Waldner, and brother-in-laws Harold Hofer, Harry Waldner and Andy Maendel. As well as a niece and two nephews.

He was the pillar of his household. Left to celebrate his life and mourn his death are his children: Diane (David); Peter Jr. (Darlene); Glorie (Cornelius); Eve (Tim); Lana (Mark); Anita (John); Nathan, sister: Becky Maendel, Lena Hofe, Mary (David) Wurtz, brothers: Henry (Ann), Jack (Lena) and Edward (Hilda) Tschetter.

He is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind 3 sisters and 3 brothers, and many friends and acquaintances.



Friday, May 12, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fulton Christian Fellowship Church
25310 419th Ave,
Fulton, SD 57340


Saturday, May 13, 2023
1:30 PM
Fulton Christian Fellowship Church
25310 419th Ave,
Fulton, SD 57340


Emery Community Cemetery
Rural Emery, SD

Posted by David Hofer jr. on May 22, 2023
A real gentleman.
Posted by David Z Hofer on May 14, 2023
Rest in peace, our friend. Till we meet again, aufwiedersehn.
Posted by Steve Jamie Wurtz on May 13, 2023
Great loved and admired by my family, we will see him in heaven someday
Posted by David.waldner , Manitoba Canada on May 13, 2023
Loved him dearly.
Posted by Isaac and Monica Hofer on May 12, 2023
We were saddened by his death on our journey in Italy. We are glad we were able to see him in October of last year. He was eager to serve God and looked forward to being with Jesus and the Father. RIP uncle Pete.
Posted by Clark Ray & Renea Tschetter Ray on May 11, 2023
Peter Tschetter, a man that loved the Lord.
He will be missed but also remembered.
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