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On the evening of August 25, 2013, Bill passed away at the Bremerton Rehabilitation Center after a long, courageous battle with diabetes.
Bill was born on October 25, 1951, in Port Townsend. He was a lifelong resident of Port Hadlock and a graduate of Chimacum High School, class of 1970.
Bill, known as "UB" to his family, loved cars, NASCAR, motorcycles, gun collecting and flower gardening.
Bill worked as a logger in Jefferson County, commercial fisherman and equipment operator for the Jefferson County Highway Department.
Over the years as a member of the Snohomish tribe, Bill enjoyed the annual powwows, where he cooked salmon in the traditional way on cedar sticks over an open fire.
There were no strangers in Bill's life. He greeted all who crossed his path with a smile and always had a story to tell. He could and would tell folks odd and quirky little-known details of times past, and he always seemed to have his facts straight.
Bill is survived by his parents, Bill and Bernice Matheson of Port Hadlock; sisters Connie (Jerry) Coulter of Silverdale, Washington, and Jan (Bob) Dana of Poulsbo, Washington; nephews and nieces Brian Coulter of Kent, Washington, Jared Coulter of Seattle, Washington, Amee Coulter of Silverdale and Brenda (Dylan) Janni of Kalispell, Montana; and great-nephew Geronimo Janni. Bill is also survived by aunts, uncles and many cousins.
Special thank-you to all the doctors and caregivers of the Bremerton Rehabilitation Center, Harrison Medical Center and Port Townsend Life Care Center for their care and sensitivity during Bill's last days.
A celebration of life for Bill will be on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at the Bruce F. Matheson VFW Hall, 31 Matheson Street in Port Hadlock, at 3 p.m.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Sept. 6, 2013