Haines and Klukwan resident William "Bill" Steven Peters, Shangukeidi, 45, died Dec. 15, 2005, at his home in Haines.
He was born to Roy and Josephine Hotch Peters on Jan. 28, 1960, in Juneau. Following the death of his parents in 1964, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Steve and Esther Hotch of Klukwan. He attended grade school in Klukwan. He graduated in 1978 from Mount Edgecumbe High School. After high school, he joined the Alaska National Guard. Following that, he worked at Klukwan Inc. at Long Island. He then loaded log ships throughout Southeast Alaska until logging came to a halt. He worked three jobs to make ends meet - the Thunderbird Hotel, cleaning the health clinic and the Klukwan Inc. offices.
He enjoyed fishing - trolling, subsistence fishing and jigging for halibut. He was looking forward to getting his boat ready for next year's salmon derby in Juneau. He also liked sports, especially watching his nephews, Jacob and Benjamin Hotch, play. He took part in school pools and watched scores to see how his teams did.
His friends and family said that he "had the most compassionate and giving spirit. He was a friend to everyone. Bill was always willing to help those in need."
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Josephine Hotch Peters; his brothers, Walter and Lawrence Peters; his grandfather, Steve Hotch; his uncles, Elmer Sam Hotch, Steve Hotch Jr. and Judson Cranston; and his aunt, Esther Kahoney Otton.
He is survived by his grandmother, Esther Hotch; his aunt, Dorothy "Coronell" James; his brothers, Edward Hotch, Daniel Peters, Roy Peters Jr.; his sister, Angie Howard; his nieces and nephews, Tasha Frerich, Edward Hotch II, Larry Hotch, Levi Hotch, Stephanie Hotch, Desiree Hotch, Jacob Hotch, Benjamin Hotch, Seth and Laura Lee Peters, and Stella, Peter and Gary Howard.
Services were held Dec. 20, at the Klukwan Alaska Native Sisterhood Hall. He was buried near his mother and brothers in Klukwan.