Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Thomas Satko died Sept. 18, 2009, at his home in Richland, Wash. He was 76.
Born June 15, 1933, in Richmond, Va., he traveled as a young child across America with his parents and siblings in their homemade boat, the Ark of Juneau, from Virginia to the Alaska territory (www.satkoark-ofjuneau.com).
He grew up in Richmond after returning from Alaska. He served in the Army at Fort Lewis and remained in the Pacific Northwest after his discharge.
For many years, he worked as a union plumber and pipefitter. For the last 20 years of his career, he worked as a construction superintendent on major industrial projects throughout the United States and overseas, before retiring in Richland.
He was preceded in death by his son, James Satko.
He is survived by his companion of 25 years, Mary Paier; siblings: Joe Satko, Betty Johnson, Northsea Bowey and Esther Satko-Gore; children: Bill Satko, Barbara Chapman, Don Satko, Nancy Harth and Paul Satko; step-children: Mark Paier, Tracie Paier; and an abundance of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.