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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...

 

Betty Lorraine Smith was a wonderful, devoted mother

Betty Lorraine (Hample) Smith entered this world on March 23rd, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan,...

 

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...

 

In Loving Memory of Carole Ann Dixon

Carole Ann Dixon passed away in her home in Portland, Oregon on August 17, 2016, surrounded by her...

 

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...

 

Former mayor, clerk Van Winkle dies at 68

Former Haines Borough mayor, assembly member and borough clerk Sharan Van Winkle died of...

 

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...

 

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,...

 

'Wolf' Schroeder dies; little known of his life

Martin "Wolf" Schroeder, 64, died March 1 at a Union Street apartment. Schroeder was a homeless man...

 

George Meacock, 84, worked in construction

George Meacock Jr., 84, son of a prominent pioneering Haines family, died Feb. 17 at his home in Anc...

 

Venables remembered for dedication to teaching

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

 

Aviation pioneer Layton Bennett dies at 96

Layton Bennett, an iconic figure in regional aviation history, died Saturday in Seattle at age 96....

 

Zehe remembered for kindness

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

 

Dobler sold insurance, real estate

John D. Dobler, an insurance and real estate broker whose success here helped him establish a...

 

Bertroch was ranch hand, inventor

Don Bertroch, a welder and shop owner who lived here during the timber boom, died in Kingman, Ariz.,...

 

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...

 

Retired ranger served as volunteer

Friends this week remembered Jay Proetto as a man of many interests who took a genuine interest in...

 

Jeff Shields, former Chamber president, dies in Wisconsin

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

 

Cameron was artist, partner in ministry

Presbyterians are planning a community memorial service for Haines artist Miriam Cameron on Nov. 10...

 

Kathy Phillips enjoyed books, gardening, pets

Katherine Jean "Kathy" Phillips died in Haines on Sept. 16 at age 57. She'd been suffering from...

 

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...

 

Collins taught senior exercise

Shirley Jean Collins, 80, who moved to Haines from California 10 years ago, died at her Senior...

 

Maxine Brouillette liked pop music, paranormal

Maxine Brouillette, a free spirit who liked sunshine and pop music, died June 18 in Las Vegas, Nev. from complications of a fall. She was 68....

 

Miller was fisherman, engraver, sheetrock hanger

Longtime resident Malcolm "Jay" Miller, a noted engraver, fisherman and sheetrocker, died July 1 in...

 

Venables carved niche with history

John H. Venables, who gained statewide attention for his portrayals of famous figures from Alaska...

 

Fisher's adventure: Bohemian, classicist, society wife

Liz Fisher, an East Coast legal secretary who in midlife adopted a footloose lifestyle and landed...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Obituaries    June 5, 2015

Matthews known for caring nature

A memorial service will be held Saturday for Marge Matthews, a former town librarian remembered for...

 

Henderson: Former mayor, author, farmer dies at 95

Bob Henderson, an energetic high school science teacher, farmer and Haines Borough mayor known as...

 

Dale was tough, tender-hearted

Nellie Dale, a tough but caring bartender and longtime volunteer for the American Legion Auxiliary,...

 

Hales remembered for generosity

A funeral for longtime Lutak resident George Hales was held Feb. 20 at the Presbyterian Church....

 

Former millwright, cable manager dies

John Dennis McOmber, a former Haines millwright and cable television manager, died Jan. 12 following an apparent heart attack. He was 71. Son John Dou...

 

Belaski made friends, home at Lutak

Charles "Chuck" Belaski, an engineer who maintained rocket-tracking radar and stalked salmon in the...

 

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...

 

VanBibber dies at 98

Family members and friends from Haines on Dec. 6 joined a crowd of about 1,000 others in Champagne,...

 

'Grandpa Chuck' found niche as fix-it man

A memorial service for Charles Wayne "Grandpa Chuck" Davis will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the A...

 

Irene Ward remembered for style, faith

There will be a celebration of life for longtime resident Irene Ward 1 p.m. Saturday at Haines...

 

Belle Laing's life of adventure led to Haines

 Belle Laing, 87, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Oct. 21 at an assisted living...

 

Jones was operator, optimist

Stacie Turner will remember her mother, Rowena Jones, a heavy equipment operator and clerk at the fo...

 

Lola Knutson remembered as caring, intelligent

Lola Knutson died Oct. 2 in Redmond, Ore. of complications of gall bladder cancer. She was 82....

 

Hertz was devoted mom, athlete

Georgia "Geoy" Hertz, a 40-year resident remembered as a devoted mother and Catholic Church member,...

 

Constance Griffith, community volunteer, dies at 90

Former resident Constance Foster Griffith, 90, died from progressive supra-nuclear palsy on Sept. 2...

 

Mechanic Edwards was buoyant spirit, despite disabilities

Friends and relatives filled the American Legion Hall Wednesday to share stories of George Edwards,...

 

Stockbridge was miner, operator

Owen Stockbridge, an equipment operator and mechanic who moved to Haines after 30 years in the...

 

Streu remembered as active, strong in faith

Helen Streu, a stalwart member of the Catholic Church, died July 21 of lung cancer at her home in Ha...

 

Electrician, contractor gave freely to others

Allen Moore, a 15-year resident who made a mark in Haines by lending his carpentry skills to people...

 

Takala painted, ran 'Noah's Art'

A celebration of life was held June 14 in Clarkston, Wash. for Sherry Takala, a free-thinking artist...

 

Broste remembered as driven, talented

Judi Broste, 68, died at home May 20 of colon cancer. Her husband Bill was at her side. She enjoyed...

 

DeWitt led Salvation Army; housed senior citizens

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. June 9 at the Haines ANB Hall for Haines Salvation Army...

 

Tate, motivated by faith, maintained summer camp

A celebration of the life of JA Tate will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church. The...

 

Allen spent life in aviation industry

Vernon Allen, a career aircraft mechanic who arrived in Haines six years ago aboard his 35-foot...

 

Kelm was longtime community volunteer

Former resident Joyce Kelm, a bubbly, 36-year resident who was active in the American Legion, Lynn...

 

Church volunteer Bieleski dies at 99

Friends and family last week eulogized Versia Bieleski as a devoted mother and church volunteer. Bie...

 

Stecher helped sell antiques

John Stecher, an amiable retiree who helped his wife operate an antique store on Main Street, died...

 

'Butterfly Man' Philip dead at 82

Kenelm “Ken” Philip, known to residents as “The Butterfly Man of Alaska,” died March 13 at age 82. Philip was a summertime visitor to Haines,...

 

Art Jess volunteered, kept faith

  A cross-section of Haines, Klukwan and Skagway residents filled the ANB Hall for Art Jess's...

 

Arbuckle a founder of Covenant Life

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Sunday, March 23 at the Covenant Life Center tabernacle for...

 

Berg, family lived 8 years at Glacier Point

Robert "Grizz" Berg, a tinkerer and mechanic who lived with his family eight years at Glacier Point...

 

Leo Jacobs Jr. remembered for pool game, trivia skills

A memorial service for Leo John Jacobs Jr. will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Haines ANB Hall,...

 

Brooks waitressed at Space Needle

Friends and family celebrated the life of Catherine E. "Kitty" Brooks Friday at the Haines ANB Hall....

 

Hamiltons hope son's death aids families

A memorial service was held Thursday for former Haines student Alden Christian Hamilton, 15, who...

 

Stigen: Pilot, 'poetic working man'

Keith Stigen, a "poetic working man" who had careers in military and civilian aviation, died Jan....

 

Brouillette was dedicated volunteer

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion for Harriet Brouillette, a...

 

Piper was painter, outdoorsman

Jim Piper, a commercial painter and gillnetter who moved his family to Alaska in 1979, died Jan. 15...

 

Tlingit speaker Stevens dies at 84

A service was held in Klukwan Dec. 30 for Margaret Stevens, a Tlingit speaker remembered for her...

 

Larson raised funds for Friendship Pole

Brendan Larson, a former Haines Elementary School teacher whose donation built the school...

 

Blaney: 'Man of God's people'

A funeral Mass and potluck reception will be held starting 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at Sacred Heart Church...

 

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...

 

Porter dug into Tlingit mythology

Walter Porter, a well-known Tlingit mythologist who lived in Haines as a youth, died Nov. 7 in...

 

Knutson loved poetry, skydiving

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

 

Former resident Cook dies in Valdez at 66

Former resident Barbee Nan Cook, 66, died Oct. 25 in Valdez. "She had a great, big heart. She met...

 

Former resident Rudd dies at 90

Maxine June Rudd, 90, a former Haines resident who served as a World War II flight instructor, died...

 

Smith: A 'rock solid member of greatest generation'

Longtime resident Marvin L. “Squeak” Smith died at home in Haines Oct. 9 of natural causes. He...

 

Viki Parker, 69, dies of cancer

A funeral mass and celebration of the life of Victoria “Viki” Parker was held Tuesday at the...

 

Chaplain Fairall heeded call

Ben Fairall, a retired police chaplain from Penryn, Calif., who volunteered around town after moving...

 

Smalley pursued wide interests

A funeral will be held in Anchorage Sept. 25 for Dr. Patrick Smalley, who operated a private dental...

 

Hodnik: Schoolteacher, hunter traveled in Alaska

Jack Hodnik, an English teacher who worked and hunted at locations around Alaska and recounted his...

 

From hardscrabble roots, Geary carved a rugged way

Friends and family members Sunday paid final respects to Mickey Geary, a tough and competitive...

 

Kurz dies of Huntington's disease at 47

Jay Kurz, a resident of Haines for 15 years, died July 14 at Southern Ocean Medical Center Hospital...

 

Woody Perry, 70, was equipment operator

Longtime resident Woodford “Woody” Perry died July 13 in Yocum, Ky., near his boyhood home. He w...

 

Potter was logger, longshoreman

Jerry Potter, a timber faller and millhand who moved here during a lull in the Oregon logging...

 

Penwell, 51, was devoted parent

Friends and family gathered at a graveside service for Robin Penwell Friday, June 28, at Jones...

 

Harrop was trucker, operator

Randy “Bear” Harrop, 57, died Saturday afternoon after suffering a heart attack at his Mud Bay...

 

Holmes dies at 95

A celebration of the life of Florence Holmes was held May 28 in Fairbanks. She died May 19 at age 95. The second of five children born to P.B....

 

Accountant Horton traveled widely

Juanita Martin Horton, an accountant who’d seen much of the world before spending more than a deca...

 

Ellis had homestead near Chilkoot River

Douglas Ellis, a pump house operator who worked at the former U.S. Army tank farm at Lutak and... Full story

 

Wilder remembered as reliable, hard-working

A celebration of the life of Amanda Wilder Charles, 26, will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at... Full story

 

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

 

Holmstrand operated tender here

Robert “Bob” Holmstrand died Feb. 27. He was 89. Fishermen remember Holmstrand as owner and...

 

Jimmie 'lived life to fullest'

Former resident Kathrine Ann Jimmie died Feb. 28 in Pullman, Wash. She was 66 and had been suffering...

 

Meacock managed hotel office, enjoyed garden

Sue Meacock, a waitress and mom who worked as office manager at the Halsingland Hotel, died...

 

Irene Nelson enjoyed painting, natural foods

Irene Nelson, 64, died in Anchorage Friday. She had recently suffered heart problems, family...

 

Enright-Ebnet worked as chemist

Former Haines resident Mary Ann Enright-Ebnet, whose interest in science became a career as a...

 

Sloan a key volunteer at church

Resident Vivian Lou “Pat” Sloan died at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage on Saturday, Jan....

 

Brewster led solitary life, except for pet dog

Jolie Brewster, a reclusive former waitress and dog trainer who lived in Haines 18 years, died last...

 

English war bride gave birth at Glacier Point

Teresa Mary Davies Stelting, an English war bride who spent 11 years homesteading at Glacier Point...

 

'Auntie Vi' Buel, 96, thrived on humor, hard work

Viola “Auntie Vi” Buel, a fixture at butcher counters for more than 40 years, died Nov. 28 at...

 

Badgley brought style, Southern hospitality to Lutak

Seasonal resident Evelyn Badgley, 95, died in Baytown, Texas, on Nov. 19. She had been in hospice...

 

'Cork' Ramseyer gillnetted, ran gallery

Former Haines city councilor and port agent Kurt “Cork” Ramseyer, 68, died Nov. 19 at his home...

 

Lynch worked at sea but kept close ties to family

Friends and family members filled the Chilkat Center to standing room Oct. 29 to remember Ted...

 

Burkhardt enjoyed wildlife, quiet of town

A memorial service for Ann Burkhardt, 78, was held Saturday at Chapel-by-the Lake in Juneau. Burkhar...

 

Coleman worked as logger around Alaska

A celebration of the life of Bill Coleman will be held 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hal...

 

Aukerman, 91, followed adventure to the end

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Covenant Life Center Tabernacle for Dick...

 

Boan was educator, activist

Lola Boan was an advocate for public schools, universal college education and women’s rights,...

 

Harrington remembered for strong faith, warmth

Friends and family filled the Chilkat Center Saturday to remember Jan Harrington. Harrington, 62,...

 

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,...

 

Murphy operated equipment, led Legion post

Pat Murphy, an equipment operator from Oregon who came to Haines to work at the Chilkoot Lumber...

 

Lapeyri operated sawmills, stores, motel

Friends and family members gathered at the middle school gymnasium Saturday to honor the memory of...

 

Policeman whose suit paved way for tour tax dies

A policeman whose lawsuit against the City of Haines led to a 1 percent sales tax later dedicated to tourism promotion has died. The Fairbanks News...

 

Esther Hotch, 96, leaves behind 143 descendants

A pink, bingo dauber rested near a photo at Esther Hotch’s funeral service Aug. 24 in the Klukwan...

 

Leduc stumbled in Haines, stayed

Andre Leduc, a disabled veteran who apparently drifted for much of his life before putting down...

 

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...

 

Boyce: Friends remember fisherman and fix-it man

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

 

McBride remembered for stories, practical jokes

During his 20 or so years in Haines, equipment operator Bob McBride liked practical jokes and...

 

'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...

 

Walsh 'lived without regrets'

Tim Walsh, a good-natured bartender and golf enthusiast who moved to Haines in 2010, died at his McP...

 

Young came west with Dust Bowl, embraced adventure

Kathleen “Dixie” Young, who came west with Dust Bowl-era refugees and enjoyed roaming backroads...

 

Ward ‘one we could all depend on’

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

 

Former pastor a ‘kind and gentle’ man

Donald Eldridge Peterson, former pastor of Port Chilkoot Bible Church, died March 18 in Dixon, Ill....

 

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

 

Smith's legacy spanned from battlefield to classroom

Near the end of his life, he was honored by U.S. military brass as a hero for helping liberate Nazi death camps, but to a generation of Haines...

 

Spirited Satterwhite treated all like family

Bobbie Douglas Satterwhite, 60, of Haines died Dec. 11 at his home in Haines. A cause of death was not immediately known, but Satterwhite had...

 

Former resident Daniel Davis 'man with marshmallow heart'

Former resident Daniel Davis, 33, died in an auto accident Dec. 3 in Spirit Lake, Idaho. Davis was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on March 29,...

 

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...

 

Born and raised in Haines, Glenn Englund dies at 72

Glenn Englund died Sept. 27 in Walnut Creek, Calif. of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 72. He lived in Walnut Creek from 1974 until 2010...

 

Summer resident Davidson built homes in Oregon, Haines

Summer resident Everett Charles Davidson, 69, died Sept. 23 at the Portland Veterans Hospital after an 11-year battle with prostate cancer. His...

 

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...

 

Hlavacek, Navy veteran, helped community garden

  A funeral service was to be held 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Salvation Army church for Andy Hlavacek, 58. Hlavacek died Sunday from complications of...

 

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...

 

Former teacher, police officer Carlyle Stuart dies in Oregon

Carlyle Stuart, a former Haines schoolteacher and running coach who served as a reserve police officer and acting mayor of the City of Haines, died...

 

Comerford's service to others made him role model

Dick Comerford, a retired Rhode Island policeman whose generous nature made him a local favorite after moving here in the late 1990s, died Aug. 18...

 

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...

 

Stearns dies of cancer

 Memorial services for former resident Jeremy Stearns will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Salvation Army Church in Palmer. Stearns,...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    Obituaries    July 7, 2011

Graham was friend to many, brought fun and humor to life

Known to family and friends as a jovial guy with a bushy beard and big heart, Jonathan Michael Graham died July 4, 2011 in a single-vehicle accident...

 

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 CVN Staff    Obituaries    June 16, 2011

Truax had colorful past, quiet life in Haines

Michael Truax, a New York City native who once worked as the private cook for notorious heiress Leona Helmsley, died May 26. He was 62 and had been...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    Obituaries    May 12, 2011

Seamstress Craig dies in Oregon at 70

Former resident Beverly Craig died May 1 at a Bend, Ore. hospital after a long illness. Craig,70, had been on kidney dialysis since 1992, and had...

 
 By CVN Staff    Obituaries    April 28, 2011

Immigrant Olsson held to Norwegian roots

Ingeborg Olsson, a hardworking fisherwoman who helped her Swedish in-laws at the Halsingland Hotel, died April 16 at a Sequim, Wash. assisted living...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    Obituaries    April 21, 2011

Church-builder Hebert dies at 93

L. Hansel “Hans” Hebert, a self-taught construction engineer, mechanic and surveyor who built the Presbyterian Church here in 1969 and...

 
 By CVN Staff    Obituaries    April 21, 2011

After surviving World War II tank wreck, Armour came North

Longtime resident Bill Armour died of natural causes at son Mike Armour’s home here on March 28. William Armour was born Aug. 21, 1924 in...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    Obituaries    March 3, 2011

Bender: Trucker, gillnetter dies at 85

Oliver U. Bender, 85, former resident of Haines, died in his sleep Friday Feb. 18 in Kamiah, Idaho. He was born in Wickes, Ark. on Oct. 13, 1925 to...

 

Town's 1st state trooper dies at 86 in California

The first state trooper stationed in Haines, who later rose to the position of deputy commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety, died...

 

Woods grew up here, died in Oregon at 87

Former resident Rosalyn Francis Woods, remembered as a talented cook and pastel artist, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 15 in Waldport, Ore....

 

Former resident Bromagen dies at 62

Former Haines resident Francis M. Bromagen, died unexpectedly Feb. 9 at his home in Union City, Ind. He was 62. Bromagen lived in Haines in the early...

 

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...

 

Memorial held for Phillips

A memorial service for Ambrosia "Amber" Rose Phillips was held Tuesday at the Haines ANB Hall. Phillips, 30, died at the home of her father,...

 

Keeling led local Girl Scout group

Former resident Nora Clare Keeling died Dec. 13 in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was 74 and suffered from complications of diabetes. Nora was born in Reno,...

 

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...

 

Menaker taught by example, launched local efforts

A memorial will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Haines Assisted Living for Vivian Menaker, a 55-year Haines resident, teacher and conservationist who...

 

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...