Orville "Bill" William Peterson died March 21, 2013, at the age of 64.
Mr. Peterson was a resident of Coarsegold for the past three years, formerly of Wyoming, Northern California and South Dakota.
He was born Dec. 14, 1948 in Watertown, S.D.
Mr. Peterson joined the U.S. Army at age 18, and served two tours in Vietnam. He later worked as a tow truck driver.
He enjoyed hunting, horseback riding, and working on Dodge trucks.
Mr. Peterson was preceded in death by father Orville W. Peterson, mother Merry C. Peterson, nephew John Boy Atchison and great-niece Kelly Grace Durham.
He is survived by children Montesa Moran of Oakhurst, Monty Peterson of Coarsegold, Brent Peterson of Cheyenne, Wyo., Amanda Bansept Locke of Aurora, Colo., and Jenna Masters of Altus, Okla.; five granddaughters; five grandsons; and siblings Marianne Atchison of Chattom, Ala., Danny Peterson of Millry, Ala., Cookie Durham of Atwater, Minn., Angel LaBlanc of Citron, Ala., and Kevin Peterson of Bay Minette, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Remembrances may be made to Community Living Center, Veterans, 2615 East Clinton Ave., Fresno CA 93703.