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William “Bill” Van Pelt

William “Bill” Van Pelt

Dec. 18, 1954-Oct. 4, 2013 

 Bill was born Dec. 18, 1954 in Hoopa, Calif.  He died Oct. 4, 2013, in Port Orford. 

His family moved from the lower Klamath River area, in California, following the 1964 flood, and relocated to Crescent City, Calif. 

As a young man he played Pop Warner football and baseball. The Van Pelts moved to Port Orford in 1972, and it became Bill’s home. He liked the area and the people. He left the area a few times, but always returned. 

Bill worked in various jobs throughout his life including log choker setter, and chaser; deck hand on crab and fishing boats; and truck driver. He enjoyed sports and could often be seen at youth soccer, baseball and basketball games. Family and friends were very important to Bill and he was always there if someone needed a helping hand. Bill was proud of his Native American heritage and enjoyed tribal pow wows, dances and festivals. He was a car and firearms enthusiast and attended many car shows and shooting events. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Henry Van Pelt Sr. and Nadine Van Pelt. 

A celebration of his life is planned for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Pistol River Friendship Hall in Pistol River. A potluck will immediately follow. 

Submitted by the family. 


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