Steven Robert “Steve” Peavey

Steven Robert “Steve” Peavey age 83 passed away on February 15, 2022 in Meyers Chuck, Alaska. He was born on April 22, 1938 to Robert and Verneil (Sheehan) Peavey in Port Angeles, Washington. In 1946, when Steve was eight years old, he and his family moved to Meyers Chuck. The family also lived in Kasaan and Ketchikan. While living in Kasaan as a teenager, Steve caught the eye of Catherine “Cassy” Ecker.  In 1960 they married and moved to Meyers Chuck where they raised their two sons, Matt and Dan. 

Steve started his fishing career with the sale of seven pounds of small reds for 19¢ a pound on June 13, 1948 in Meyers Chuck. Steve continued fishing as a salmon puller on the high line troller the F/V Ala Marie out of Ketchikan. Throughout the years Steve worked as the fish trap watchman at the Brown Bear fish trap near Bronson Bay. Steve was also a timber cutter, commercial halibut fisherman and trapper throughout Southeast Alaska. Steve and his wife Cassy also fished salmon for many years together aboard their beloved troller, the F/V Patsy. Steve was legendary and respected in all these occupations. Steve was also an honorary Postal Worker at the Meyers Chuck Post Office. In the fall, Steve loved to hunt with his best friends and family. 

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Verneil, and his granddaughter Tera Peavey. He is survived by his wife Cassy (Meyers Chuck); sons Matt (Kathy) of Craig, and Dan (Sandy) of Thorne Bay; brother Clint Peavey (Cherri) of Ketchikan, sister Grace Ann Simmons (Dennis) of Burian, and sister Kathleen Peavey Davis of Ketchikan; as well as his grandchildren Jennifer Peavey Moen, Josh Peavey, Katrina Peavey, Melissa Peavey and Steven (Melyssa) Peavey.   

Steve was fortunate to be able to live his life in Meyers Chuck. A place he loved dearly. He said in an NPR interview a few years ago, “I’d be just as satisfied to live my life out and die here. I mean, I’m not standin’ in line — but heck, this is a good place!”. Steve will be missed as he was a gifted storyteller and had a memory like a steel trap. Though he was challenged over the last few years with strokes and a pacemaker, Steve got to do it his way and stayed in Meyers Chuck. He had one last skiff ride doing what he loved — finding a nice log on the beach to turn into lumber for a project. Unfortunately, returning from working on the log he hit a rock at the south entrance to “The Chuck” and most likely succumbed to the elements.  Thankfully he was found by a neighbor who contacted family who had been searching for Steve. The entire family is grateful for the efforts of friends, neighbors, the Thorne Bay USFS officer and the State Trooper from Prince of Wales Island who assisted with the search and recovery.  The family also thanks the USCG, Carlin Air, Temsco and the crew on the M/V Savage for helping out.  

Condolence cards can be mailed to Cassy Peavey, P.O. Box 5, Meyers Chuck, AK 99903. 

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There will be a memorial service for Steve in Meyers Chuck this summer.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Steve, please consider the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 5786, Ketchikan, AK 99901.