Cover photo for William Joseph Peterson Jr.'s Obituary
William Joseph Peterson Jr. Profile Photo
1954 William 2020

William Joseph Peterson Jr.

September 10, 1954 — June 18, 2020

DURHAM- Mr. William Joseph Peterson, Jr. (Bill), 65, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Mr. Peterson was born on September 10, 1954 to the late William and Shirley Peterson in Philadelphia, PA. Bill was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher, and was involved in the prison ministry. He was a tropical fish enthusiast, as well as a coin and baseball memorabilia collector. Bill loved his plants, but most importantly his cats, Tigger, Eeyore, and Izzy. He enjoyed taking cruises and vacationing at the beach.  He was a Philadelphia Phillies fan, Philadelphia Eagles fan, and an avid Duke fan. Bill retired from Duke University after 25 years as the Senior Instrument Maker in the Physics Department. He will be remembered as a fine Christian man with a great testimony, who loved his church and his family. Bill will be deeply missed by the many lives he touched.

Mr. Peterson is survived by his wife of 24 years Janet L. Peterson; daughter, Carrie Diaz (Mike); son, Matthew Peterson; step-daughter, Sarah Oakley (Steven); step-son, Stephen King and fiancé Julie; sister, Debbie Ward (Mike); grandchildren, Patrick Krizan, Micah Peterson, Jillian Krizan, Locklin Diaz, and Haven Diaz; and other loving family members.

Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions can be made to First Candle in Memory of his granddaughter Bella Rose Diaz at, or to Alamance Orange County Prison Ministry at

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 at Hudson Funeral Home Chapel.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of William Joseph Peterson Jr., please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, June 26, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Hudson Funeral Home Chapel

211 S Miami Blvd, Durham, NC 27703

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 26

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree