Anton Littau

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Anton Littau (Tony) was born in Murdo, SD. He grew up in a farm family in South Dakota. He practiced rotation farming until 1967. At that time he married his wife Jeanine (Siren) Littau and again became a full time student, choosing the occupation of teaching. To help pay for school for himself and his wife he worked in the Homestake Mine below the 5,950 foot level of the Yate Shaft. Also, their daughter, Kelly Anne (Littau) was born during the time they were attending college. He also later received a masters degree from the University of SD.

After graduating the family moved to Alaska, where he and Jeanine took teaching jobs and, later, Kelly attended school. Tony taught in Edgemont, SD, Naknek, AK and Palmer, AK.

Tony was a German-from-Russia and the youngest of twelve children. He was active in genealogy. He and Jeanine did extensive traveling, covering much of the country in their motor home as well as three trips to Europe. His travel included a German heritage tour in Ukraine, visiting the ancestral home of the Littaus in 2010. He was accompanied by his sister Alvina Evans.

Also, he was a commercial fisherman from 1980-2013. He felt so fortunate to be able to enjoy the fabled fishing runs of Bristol Bay Alaska, and in particular doing so with family members.

No matter where he also lived or visited, he always considered Naknek, Alaska home. Tony always loved trying new things such as piloting a small plane up the AlCan Highway and around southwestern Alaska, panning for gold, raising chickens in rural Alaska, camping out, among other things. He believed in supporting his home community, not just by being a devoted teacher but also serving on local utility boards and two scholarship boards that help local students.

Later in his time in Naknek he was awarded the Salty Dawg award during the Bristol Bay Fishtival. He felt very honored but undeserving of this.

Two of his coffee drinking friends in Naknek also received this award and he liked to say made them "a pack of dawgs". He enjoyed reading, voraciously, time with his church, his family and his beloved dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, four sisters, his grandson Kyle Alan, a niece and a nephew. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jeanine; his daughter, Kelly Marsolek, her husband Brian, her children Alex and Lorena Marsolek; also his sister, Susanne Mundorf (Len) of NC. His sister, Emma Fawx (William) of Newcastle, CA; his brother, Ruben (Ruth) Littau of Auburn, CA and his brother, A. G. Littau of San Diego. There are nieces, nephews and family members much loved by him and too numerous to list.

Please do not send flowers. If you wish to send donations, it would be appreciated if you donate to the Nicholas Monsen Memorial Scholarship Fund. He served on the board for many years and has benefited many of his Bristol Bay students. The Wells Fargo account # is 6914287500.

A reception will be announced in Early October for the Mat-Su Valley and Bristol Bay areas.

Valley Funeral Home has cared for local arrangements.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013