James Raymond "Jim" Albright (1931 - 2018)

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James "Jim" Raymond Albright, 87, passed away at his Kenai, Alaska, home on Sunday, April 22, 2018, with loving family members present. Jim was born in Marion, Ind., on April 18, 1931, to Effie and Ray Albright, the youngest of five children and the only son. He joined the Army at age 16, becoming a paratrooper, later becoming a paratrooper instructor in Japan during the Korean War. Jim came to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1954, and was assigned to the Alaska Communication System (ACS). He met his first wife, Velma Yenney, at this time. After marriage, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., but later returned to Fort Richardson, Alaska. Further assignments included Boise, Idaho, France and Germany. He retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant and, in 1968, he and Velma and their children returned to Anchorage. Jim then began working with the Civil Service at Ft. Richardson and later the Alaska Railroad office in Anchorage. He began a career in real estate in the '70s at Skyway Realty, when he met his second wife, Durenda. They were later blessed with a son. His final place of employment was Remax of Anchorage. He is survived by wife, Marcia Albright.
Jim loved to fish, spending time on his boat, the "Amy J," during the Seward Silver Salmon Derby as well as casting for rainbow trout in local lakes. "Papa" Jim was known for his love of pranks and humor as well as his original fudge recipe. He always encouraged his children to be the best they could be and he is dearly missed.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Effie and Ray Albright; sisters, Louise Kerschner, Margaret Small, Joanne Beutle and Vivian DeHoff; and daughter, Amy Jean Martin. He is survived by wife, Marcia Newman Albright; daughters, Pamela (Andy) Renkert of Anchorage and Suzanne (Craig) Phillips of Kenai, Alaska; and sons, Michael (Laura) Albright of Chugiak, Alaska, Patrick (Clorese) Albright of Homer, Alaska, Daniel Albright of Anchorage and Jonathan Albright of New York City. Jim had 12 grandchildren: Noelle Miller, Lindsay Rexford, Heidi Tomerdle, Jared Albright, Thomas Renkert, James L. Albright, Benjamin Phillips, Julie Dunlap, Nicholas and Colter Martin, as well as Alyssa and Shianne Albright. He has seven great-grandchildren as well. Don Hale of Wasilla, Alaska, remains his dear friend.
The family invites donations to AmVets Post 4, 42126 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna, AK 99669. Thanks to Dr. William Kelley and caregiver Chris Mork for their wonderful care during Jim's illness. A family celebration of life is planned for a later date. When you think of Jim, have some of his basic food group - chocolate!
Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 13 to May 16, 2018
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