William A. "Wild Bill" Stephens II
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William A. Stephens II, "Wild Bill," 70, passed away last week after a two-year battle with cancer.
After moving from Washington to Alaska in the 1970s, Bill married Kerrie K. Stevenson (Dufseth) and settled in Fairbanks. Bill enjoyed a successful 30-year gold mining career, with 18 years at Fort Knox gold mine. He was the quintessential Alaskan, with a love for gold, hunting, English bulldogs, food, fishing and his family.
Bill was a character, with such memorable mannerisms. If you ever had the opportunity to meet Bill, you would not soon forget him. He was a good man, son, brother, grandpa and friend, and he was an incredible father.
Bill is survived by his children, Danika Osvold and Luke Stephens; his son-in-law Joshua and daughter-in-law Kelly; his mother, Astrid Stephens; and his three brothers, Eric, David and Jeffry. Bill's three grandchildren, Dontavian, Sterling and William, will miss their grandpa dearly. Bill is also survived by his ex-wife, Kerrie Dufseth, with whom he maintained a close relationship over the years.
Due to COVID-19, there will be a celebration of life held in June with details provided at a later date. If you would like to donate to Bill's celebration of life/memorial, please visit gofund.me/40025954.
Thanks for the day, Dad. We will see you in the morning.

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Published in Daily News-Miner from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 19, 2021
My condolences to the family. I learned many lessons working with Bill, how to end a conversation on the phone, (Yeah? OK bye.), learned about chicken leg holes in the ground, the proper way to say “schist”, and all sorts of other monkey business. You were a memorable person Bill. True story. Yep yep yep yep. You will be missed.
Joe Cox
Coworker
February 19, 2021
My deepest condolences to Bill's family.
I met Bill as my boss at Fort Knox when i started there and was sad when he retired as he was to this day my favorite gruff one-liner zinging boss. You will definitely be missed and give em the ole what for up there. RIP Wild Bill.
Jess
Coworker
February 19, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Was very sorry to hear that he passed
RIP wild bill, was a privilege to work for you and with you, still use a few of your funny one liners to this day, many fond memories, you were one of the good ones.
Keith McKirdy
Coworker
February 19, 2021
My thoughts and prayers for Bill's family.I was sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He will be missed. I feel that I was very lucky to have been Bill's friend. One of many. He was one of kind. When I think of Bill integrity and true grit comes to mind. I'll miss are stories and laughs. R.I. P. Wild Bill
Jack Follett
Friend
February 18, 2021
An amazing man! We miss you Bill and always will. I wish I could send you meatballs in heaven!
Lisa and Barry
Friend
February 17, 2021
Happy Trails Bill
KD
Family
February 17, 2021
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
February 16, 2021
My thoughts and prayers for you, Sorry for your loss. I have been his barber for many years. I will miss him and the stories. I always loved seeing his dog waiting for him patiently in the drivers seat while he was getting his haircut.
RIP Bill
Last Frontier Barbershop
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