In Memory of
Peter J. Ediger
1926 - 2012
Peter J. Ediger, poet, prophet and peacemaker, died peacefully in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 16 after a brief illness.
Peter co-founded Nevada Desert Experience in 1982 and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service in 1989.
Peter was a lifelong activist and advocate for Gospel nonviolence and social justice. Over the past six months he had visited local churches reminding them that Jesus called us to love our enemies. View Peter's Journal.
Peter most recently worked with Pace e Bene and with Family Promise, a local organization that assisted homeless familes. For many years he was actively involved with the Nevada Desert Experience, and served as a member of the core group of the Las Vegas Catholic Worker.
Born to Jacob H. Ediger and Margaretha (Wiens) in central Kansas in 1926, Ediger was ordained by the General Conference Mennonite Church (now Mennonite Church USA) in 1954 and pastored several Mennonite congregations until 1986.
He was preceded in death by ex-wife Marjorie Reimer Ediger and brothers Abraham and Menno, and survived by sisters Katherina Epp, Marie Regehr, Anne Martin, and Elma Kauffman; children Irene, Joe, Janice and Duane; and grandchildren Jack, Greta and Sallie.