James Awana

James Awana, age 92, passed away with his loved ones on July 17, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. James was born in Hawaii on March 29, 1921 to James and Annie (Goo-Kim) Awana.

James served in the Army during World War II and later joined the Merchant Marines. He was a life long member of VFW Post 1685.

After moving to Anchorage in 1949, James became a member of the Plasterer and Cement Mason Union Local 867, retiring after more than 50 years of membership.

James enjoyed life in Alaska and was often found smoking salmon in his backyard.

James is survivied by his daughter, Jamie Awana; son, Greg Awana; granddaughters, Jessie Cleveland, Mistie Hammond, Chris Awana, and Kendra Crabb; and great-grandson, Jullian Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Awana.

All are welcome to join the family in a celebration of life at James' home on August 17, 2013, 1430 E. 14th Ave., at 3:00 p.m. For those who cannot attend there will be a live stream video on ustream.tv at 3:30 p.m. AST. You can access it on your computer or download the free app on your phone.

A private family service will be held on August 23, 2013 to lay James to rest at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery with his wife Hattie.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.janssenfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2013