Peter Kuipers passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 20th in Antioch at Sutter Delta Hospital. He was doing what he loved when he passed, working on wood projects at his home in Bethel Island.
Peter was born in Meppen, Germany on June 11th, 1946. In 1964 the family emigrated to the United States, initially settling in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1965 the family moved to Antioch, California where he spent the majority of his life.
Peter grew up in Holland, Netherlands and went to Coppelstock School in Amsterdam. He worked in a candy factory, a bakery and for Fiat as a teen. When he first came to the U.S., he attended his senior year of high school at Highland High in Utah. Peter loved motorcycles and cars, owning many over the years and always enjoyed tinkering around with them. He spent most of his career working for Rocky Cycle as a salesman. He was always exercising and was a big proponent of living a healthy life, reading and studying many books on the subject over the years. Peter loved his family and showed it every day of his life, always leading by example. He could often be found helping those in need. If anyone needed him, family, friends or even strangers, he was always there to lend a helping hand. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. He served in his church in many leadership auxiliaries and enjoyed working weekly in the Concord Bishops Storehouse and the Oakland Temple.
Peter is survived by his daughter Kerri Anne Kuipers and future son-in-law, Dirk Nelson of Danville, his daughter Kimberly Dawn Schwitters and son-in-law Dustin Schwitters of Galt and his son Kristopher Ryan Kuipers and daughter-in-law Cassondra Kuipers of Antioch. Peter is also survived by nine grandchildren: Taylor Neely, Logan Neely, Connor Schwitters, Trevor Schwitters, Dresden Schwitters, Arie Kuipers, Raelyn Kuipers, Skylar Schwitters and Tyler Schwitters. He is also survived by his brother John Kuipers and sister-in-law Linda Kuipers of Patterson and his sister Geniel Howe of Draper, Utah.
A celebration of life will be held in his honor on February 1st, 2020 at noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 1432 Laurel Road, Oakley, California, 94561
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