William Clayton Barkhoefer was born in Great Falls, Montana on May 6, 1941. The family moved to Kodiak, Alaska in 1949. Bill loved the Alaskan outdoors and was an avid hunter and sport fisherman. He graduated from Kodiak High School in 1960 and attended both the University of Montana and the University of Alaska.
Bill was the manager of Sutliff's Hardware Store in Kodiak for several years. He moved to California in 1966. Bill served in the Army during the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he moved to Colorado and worked as a private contractor in the construction undustry. He returned to Alaska each summer for more than 20 years to commercial fish in the salmon and king crab industries.
Bill had a love for animals and was an active participant in local animal rescue organizations. He spent his free time caring for animals in need, providing shelter, food and finding them good adoptive homes.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Marie SImmons and father Edwin Henry Barkhoefer. He is survived by his brothers Edward "Ted" Carkhoefer, Tom Barkhoefer, sisters Lori Galloway and Penny Cummings as well as several close and caring friends in Pueblo.
Cremation has taken place. Private services will be held.
Memorial donations may be sent in his memory to PAWS for Life, 800 N. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81003.
Bill fought a long battle with courage and optimism. At Bill's request, his ashes will be scattered at sea, next summer, near Kodiak, Alaska.