Longtime Juneau resident William "Bill" George Meachem, 54, died Feb. 8, 2002, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on April 16, 1947, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Dorothy and William G. Meachem, who preceded him in death. He was honorably discharged from the Army after serving in Vietnam. He attended the University of Alaska Southeast, receiving his associate of arts and bachelor of arts degrees, cum laude. He worked for Glacier Manor as a counselor and also tutored people working for their GED.
His family said he was a loving husband and father.
He is survived by his wife, Connie E. Meachem; sons William J. Abbott Sr. and Timothy Ryan Meachem; daughters Krystal Faith Meachem, Tammy R. Meachem, Rayna Sarabia and Karmen Patricia Morena, Juneau; sister and brother-in-law Rebecca and Tim Peck, Payson, Ariz.; father-in-law Charles Abbott Sr. and his wife Ann Abbott; and mother-in-law Marlene Sternberg.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 15, 2002, at Alaskan Memorial Park, 3839 Riverside Dr.
Pallbearers include Ken Shauff, Walter Jewell III, Butch Laiti, Paul Thomas, Peter Jewell, William J. Abbott Sr. and Norman Sarabia.
Honorary pallbearers include Ed Kunz, Bob Wells, Tim Peck, James Lindoff, Joshua Peck, Danny Marchant, James White and Reg Peterson.