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Hertz confronted adversity with optimism, faith

Erwin Hertz, a logger-turned-electrician who confronted hardship with optimism and faith, died...

 

Smith: Paratrooper, logger 'did what he wanted'

A celebration of Leo Smith's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the American Legion....

 

Jackson remembered as 'faithful friend'

Olive Jackson, 92, died peacefully at home on Nov. 6. She had recently been diagnosed with cancer....

 

Willard known for good humor and work ethic

Friends and family will hold a celebration of Lawrence Willard's life beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 19...

 

Burruss, hunting guide, was known for his great attitude

Haines friends and family will gather privately to celebrate the life of local guide and carpenter J...

 

Chambers loved horses, hunting, trapping, outdoors

Kimberly Chambers, 28, the Champagne Aishihik First Nations Fish and Wildlife Manager of Haines...

 

McCarter, ferry worker, KHNS volunteer, dies at 67

Mick McCarter, a former KHNS volunteer and board member died Saturday, Aug.  6, of apparent heart...

 

Charlie Jimmie was image of Alaska to outside world

Haines cultural and dance leader Charlie Jimmie, 84, died Friday in the Alaska Native Medical...

 
 By Heather Lende    News    July 7, 2016

Dixon logged, ran local taxi business

Carl Dixon, a logger and equipment operator turned tour and shuttle service owner, died in...

 

Blackwell logged, owned restaurant

Dan Blackwell, a trucker, logger, and restaurateur died June 7 at Wildflower Court in Juneau of hear...

 

Hauser found ways to engage others

Ronnie Hauser, a tour bus driver who moved here from North Carolina in 2008 to join family, died at...

 

Erma Schnabel remembered as caring, hard-working

A memorial service for Erma Schnabel will be held May 15. Schnabel died April 8 at Mercy Retirement...

 
 By Heather Lende    News    March 24, 2016

John Schnabel dies at 96

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Tandy remembered as gentle cowboy

Gordon Dell Tandy, 92, died March 3 in Seattle following vascular surgery. He had lived at Haines...

 

Nash excelled in athletics, art

Friends and family members this week memorialized Aaron Nash as a standout artist, snowboarder,...

 

Venables remembered for dedication to teaching

Betty Venables, 75, an elementary school teacher who taught at Covenant Life Center and at the...

 

Zehe remembered for kindness

Larry Zehe, a retiree who drove the senior services bus part-time, died Dec. 11 in Tacoma, Wash. of...

 

McPhetres remembered as gracious, hard-working

A memorial service will be held Dec. 28 in Juneau for Steve McPhetres, a former Haines school...

 

Former planning chair Thomsen enjoyed sports, travel

Former planning commission chair Dawne Thomsen died Nov. 14 in Logan, Utah of lung cancer. She was 8...

 

Lowden remembered as skilled mechanic

Longtime Haines mechanic Bob Lowden, 64, died Nov. 16 of prostate cancer at a hospice care home in...

 

Jeff Shields, former Chamber president, dies in Wisconsin

Former Haines Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Shields, 60, died of cancer Monday in Viroqua,...

 

Judy Berry operated fuel plant, Food Center grocery

Former Haines business owner Judith Ann "Judy" Berry died Aug. 2 in Medford, Oregon, of several...

 

Rhona Nelson kept books, operated fabric store

Friends are grieving the sudden death of former fabric store owner and bookkeeper Rhona Nelson, 70. She died of an apparent heart attack at her home...

 

Vinca Gilman helped launch HARK

Vinca Helen Gilman, a founder of the Haines Animal Rescue Kennel, died Aug. 14 at Bartlett Regional...

 

Strong boosted village activities

Klukwan residents said they would remember Fred Strong for his smoked salmon, gentle good humor,...

 

Budke came to Haines after 8 years at remote station

One of the last things Polly Budke did before dying was give instructions on how to cook a turkey....

 

McDermaid, 58, worked as a mechanic, tow truck driver

Dave McDermaid, 58, died of cancer Dec. 31 at his downtown apartment. Friends, family, and neighbors...

 

Ward enjoyed outdoors, worked in fishing, mining

A memorial service celebrating the life of Jonathan Baylor Ward, 26, will be held 2 p.m. Friday at...

 

Knutson loved poetry, skydiving

A memorial service for longtime resident Lowell "Knute" Knutson will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, at...

 

McNamara came here to fly, operate own business

Longtime Haines insurance broker and KHNS host Eugene McNamara died Feb. 20 in Sun City, Ariz. He... Full story

 

Family, friends honor life of cerebral palsy victim

The Haines ANB Hall filled to capacity Sept. 9 for Jeremy Hanes’ memorial service, which included a poem written by his stepfather Wayne Price,...

 

White, launched Halsingland Hotel, dies at 98

Hilma White, who owned and operated the Halsingland Hotel more than 30 years and worked 20 years more maintaining the Port Chilkoot Camper Park and...

 
 By Heather Lende    News    August 9, 2012

Jurgeleit, first director of fair, came to town in 1938

Harriett Lawrence Jurgeleit, the first Southeast Alaska Fair executive director, died peacefully at...

 

Boyce: Friends remember fisherman and fix-it man

Friends, family and fishermen from around Southeast Alaska gathered at a potluck memorial at the...

 
 By Heather Lende    News    June 14, 2012

KHNS on-air marathon will seek $70K

Public radio station KHNS will kick off its annual, on-air fundraiser Friday, June 22 with a broadcast from Skagway and continue to pitch for local...

 

'Gentle giant' Mock gillnetted, worked as guide

Staff at Virginia Mason Hospital held a celebration of fisherman, fireman, and river guide Jim...

 

Brakken's donation helped create museum

Harriet Brakken, who along with older sister Lib Hakkinen donated her family’s collection of...

 

Ward ‘one we could all depend on’

A memorial service for longtime resident and retired state Department of Transportation engineer...

 

Russ Murray dies at 76

Haines Borough maintenance man Russ Murray was buried at Jones Point Cemetery March 9, which former...

 

Barbara Woods was high-spirited, outgoing

There will be a potluck celebration of Barbara Woods’ life at 5 p.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 16) at...

 

Fenn overcame ‘formidable obstacles’

Longtime Haines resident Helen Fenn, 98, died at the Sitka Pioneer Home following a stroke Jan. 24....

 

Fishing fiend and friendly face Rod Keup loved living in Haines

Rod Keup’s family said that his death on Wednesday, Jan. 25, was a “huge shock.” Keup, 58, had...

 

Laughter and selflessness defined Smalley's life

Francis Lourdes Smalley, 53, died of organ failure on Jan. 7 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, surrounded by her loved ones. Dr. Patrick Smalley... Full story

 

Jim Cox a 'true sourdough' and family man

At a service Friday for longtime highway resident Jim Cox, son Dan said the 85-year-old retired power lineman cheated death often. "He survived...

 

Jackson remembered for service and faith

Parishioners grieved the sudden death of active Presbyterian Church elder Arlene Jackson, 75, who suffered a stroke hours after leaving worship...

 

Burkhardt 'was always gung-ho'

Walter Burkhardt died at his Small Tracts Road home Oct. 25 surrounded by his wife and children. He was 86 and had dementia. The family plans a...

 

Anderson helped on animal causes, worked at local shops

Neighbors, family, and friends will hold a potluck 3 p.m. Sunday at 35 Mile Old Haines Highway to celebrate the life of Mosquito Lake resident Linda J...

 

Former postal clerk Jacquot enjoyed arts

Friends and family said goodbye to lifelong resident, former postal clerk and Tlingit weaver Edith Jacquot, 78, Saturday with a funeral at the Sacred...

 

Howard Phillips, 55, dies in Juneau

A memorial service for former resident Howard Kenneth Phillips will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the Haines ANB Hall, followed by graveside services at...

 

Roberta Lane was 'quiet, strong, solid'

Friends and family attended a memorial service at the Covenant Life Center Tabernacle Monday night for longtime resident Roberta Lane who died at her...

 

Thompson: Hoops prowess, humor were hallmarks

Family and friends held a traditional, all-night vigil Aug.17 for John "Stubby" Thompson, who died Aug. 11 in Hoonah of liver cancer. He...

 

Baker: Army veteran, bookkeeper maintained humor

Friends and children of Denise Baker are planning a potluck memorial Saturday afternoon, said sister Barb Stigen. Baker, 51, died of respiratory...

 

Carlson traveled and worked throughout Alaska

Dale Carlson’s Mosquito Lake neighbors will miss his hospitality. "As soon as you walked in the door, he’d say, ‘Sit down and g...

 

Albecker a war hero who sang to customers at his bar

Friends and family will remember Larry Albecker for his heroism in battle, fishing skill and social ways. Albecker died Aug. 7 at the Alaska Native...

 

Lifelong resident Lapham: Fireman, foreman and family man

By Heather Lende A firefighter’s sendoff would have pleased lifelong resident Pete Lapham. Lapham would have served 40 years in the Haines...

 

Tree planter Joe Leivermann was rooted in Haines

Joe Leivermann died Thursday, July 21 in an Anchorage hospital after suffering a heart attack on a Soldotna fishing trip where he caught three salmon,...

 

Loyal and easy-going Strunk "was a guy you had to love"

"There was so much good in Kevery, I want people to remember him for that," Kevery Strunk’s partner Vicky Cox said this week as the...

 

Victor M. Palmer Jr. found gold, God in Haines

There will be a memorial service for long-time resident Victor Palmer on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Palmer died July 14, two days...

 

Former Haines auto body specialist dies in Nevada

Carl Lee Stoddard died from a heart attack after having lunch with his companion Cherryl Chambers in Winnemucca, Nev., on May 24. He was 59 and had...

 

von Stauffenberg led notable life in Haines

Erich von Stauffenberg died June 15 in Bartlett Hospital of liver cancer. He was 78 years old and had lived in Haines about 35 years. In the 1980s he...

 
 By Heather Lende    News    June 23, 2011

Norman Blank led the 'quintessential' Haines life

Longtime resident Norman Blank died Sunday, June 12, at home from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 80 and had been active up until the...

 

Aronson brought Alaska Native languages into print

Resident Bill Aronson, whose career included helping bring Alaska Native languages into print, died May 16 at the Alaska Regional Hospital in...

 

Millhand, charter skipper Hart was outdoorsman

Friends and family said goodbye to sport fishing guide Richard Hart Tuesday at a memorial service in the Salvation Army. Hart, 69, died at home Saturd...

 

Lee captained state ferries, lived at Fort Seward

Robert E. Lee, a state ferry captain who lived at Fort Seward, died April 7 of lung disease. Lee lived in Haines about a decade, into the 1990s. He wa...

 

Borders made mark with library patrons

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on April 9 for Haines librarian Ellen Borders, whose cheerful nature and wide knowledge of books made her a...

 

Burrows was teacher, restaurateur

Diann and Roc Ahrens attended a funeral for her mother, Helen Larson Burrows in Seaside, Ore. on March 3. Burrows, 95, died Feb. 26 following a...

 

Longshoreman Potter was kind, calm, arts supporter

A memorial service is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Saturday for longtime resident Roger Potter, who died Sunday in Anchorage of renal failure. He was 60. Pott...

 

Entrepreneur Miles remembered for energy, humor

Dennis Miles, a colorful and energetic businessman who made friends of customers at his Main Street furniture store, died Sunday of an apparent heart...

 

Rose: Quiet, caring 'Office Mom'

Longtime resident and business manager Corlene Rose died Sunday, Nov. 7 in Anchorage at the Alaska Regional Hospital, of complications from lung cance...

 

Ramey remembered as independent, caring

  Holly Jackson Ramey last visited her hometown in July, for the Haines High class of 1981 reunion and a memorial service for her uncle, Tom...

 

Walker remembered for energy, advocacy of healthy diet

Debbie Lynn Walker, formerly of Haines, died Sept. 27 of brain cancer that began as melanoma, at her home in Marshall, Texas. She was 52. "She...

 

Kelly remembered for good will, humor

Dan Kelly says his wife Barbara never lost her kindness and humor despite being ill and nearly housebound many years. "She was pretty fun...

 

Former resident Caron dies

Former resident Jo-Ann Georgette Caron died Sept. 15 of cancer in Calais, Me. Caron, 61, had lived in Calais for seven years with husband David...

 

Charlie Brouillette: Schoolteacher, fisherman dies at 86

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall for teacher, fisherman, and longtime resident Charles "Charlie"...

 

Seamstress Erma Slater once ran highway roadhouse

Erma Slater, a longtime 33Mile resident, dollmaker and seamstress, died Aug. 6 of heart failure in Big Fork, Mont. She was 86 and had been in poor...

 

Logger-turned-fisherman 'always came home with a boat'

Former resident Jim Wheelock died Aug. 1 at Sacred Heart River Bend Hospital in Eugene, Ore. He was 82. His son Ted said he survived two bouts of...

 

Fisherman remembered for insights, adventures

Several hundred friends and family members celebrated the life of fisherman John Michael "Mike" Saunders with a salmon barbecue on the...

 

Paddock was tugboat operator, Native advocate

Charles ‘Snuffy’ Paddock, a tugboat captain and Native elder, died of cancer Friday in Juneau. He was 73. Friends and family members...