William E. (Bill) Peters

October 10, 1939 - November 5, 2021

William E. (Bill) Peters, 82, of Lincoln passed away November 5, 2021. Born October 10, 1939, in Thedford, NE to Roy F. (Doc) and Martha (Noel) Peters.

Bill attended Thomas County High School, Doane University, and the University of Nebraska College of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Nebraska Law Review. Bill married Susan Luddington in 1964. Upon obtaining his law degree, he became the first full time attorney for the State Tax Commissioner and an Assistant Attorney General. His subsequent employment was Assistant Tax Commissioner, Supreme Court Reporter State Tax Commissioner, and partner in law firm of Peters & Chunka, focusing on state and local taxes and lobbying, 50+ year member of Nebraska Bar Association.

Bill’s non-law interests and activities included State President of Congregational Youth Group, Izzak Walton League of Lincoln, Board of Directors Nebraska State Employees Credit Union, Director of Board on Polysomnographic Technologists, and local sleep apnea support groups.

Bill is survived by his wife, Susan; niece Sherry; nephew Bryan and their families. Preceded in death by his parents and brother Doug.

Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28th at First Congregational Church, 405 Main St., Thedford, NE. Small burial service will take place at the Thedford Cemetery.

Memorials to Nebraska Public TV and Radio and the Lincoln Food Bank.



Memorial Service


First Congregational Church

405 Main St., Thedford, NE

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April 18, 2022

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. His mom Martha was a dear friend of my mom, Pat Johnston. It saddens me that Bryan & Sherry are the only remaining living family members now. Bill’s was a life well-lived and Doc & Martha would be very proud. Lifting up Susan & family in prayer for comfort & healing as you grieve.

– Jerri Johnston Thompson
April 7, 2022

I’m very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, Susan. I remember meeting him one time when I was doing my student teaching in German and French at East. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

– Alan Hutchings
November 9, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Susan. I worked with Bill at Revenue and he was such a great boss to work for. Susan was my Spanish teacher too, so when she came to visit Bill, it was always nice to talk with her. I saw him a few times over the last few years and he was his normal friendly person. He will be missed.

– Karen Barrett

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