William Henry Peters, 83, Minot, former captain in the North Dakota Highway Patrol, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in his home following a long battle with Alzheimers.
William was born May 20, 1930, in Hoven, S.D., to Henry and Eva (Rittel) Peters. He was reared in Hoven and attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School where he was a favorite of the nuns, served as an acolyte and participated on the athletic teams. Bill graduated from high school in 1948 and served in the Navy from Sept. 28, 1948, until May 4, 1950. He served aboard the USS Yellowstone and received the Navy Occupation Medal – Europe. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the Dakotas and was employed on the Garrison Dam project and in a Linton garage. Bill joined the North Dakota Highway Patrol in 1957 and attained the rank of captain of the Minot district prior to his retirement in 1986.
Bill married Darlene Tryhus Korslien on June 21, 1973, in St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Minot. They made their home in Minot for many years.
Bill was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, the Eagles Aerie, Moose Lodge and American Legion, all in Minot. Also, he especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and coin collecting. In his younger years, Bill was an excellent baseball pitcher and played on Navy and minor league baseball teams.
Bill’s loving family includes his wife of 40 years, Darlene; daughter: Camette Peters, of Fargo; stepson, Alan (Karen) Korslien, of Great Falls, Mont.; wife of stepson Vernon, Kim Korslien of Minot; stepdaughter, Sandy Koss, of Malta, Mont.; grandchildren, Johan (Melissa) Korslien, of Grand Forks, Jordan (Amy) Korslien and Jacob Korslien, all of Minot, A.J. Korslien, of Missoula, Mont., and Ashley Korslien, of Portland, Ore.; great-granddaughter, Zoey Korslien; step-grandchildren, Erin and Matt Hudson, of Missoula, Mont.; sister, Lucille Artz, of Antioch, Calif.; very special and loving caregiver, Mellony O’Neill; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Vernon Korslien; sister, Gladys Howe; and brother, John Peters.
Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment will be in the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Cemetery in Hoven S.D.
Vigil Prayer Service: Wednesday, at 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Visitation: Wednesday, from 2 to 6 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.
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