Long-time Kirkland resident, Bill Petter left his mark on KITH, Kiwanis, Chamber & City

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Bill Petter, long-time Kirkland resident and former owner of Bel-Kirk Motors, has passed away at the age of 79.

Bill was active in the City of Kirkland as a bank director, twice elected as President of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing, where he was the driving force behind Petter Court, two low-income housing fourplexes. He strongly supported the Kirkland Kiwanis Club, as well as its regional and national affiliations.


Bill Petter was found on the floor of his home Monday morning and was rushed to Evergreen Hospital where he died from complications. His eightieth birthday would have been in April and a party was in the works.

Bill is fondly remembered by many early-morning commuters as he often waved to them on his daily walks on Lake Washington Boulevard.