Roy S. Ewan (1935 - 2018)

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Respected leader and beloved Ahtna Elder Roy S. Ewan went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 20, 2018, holding the hand of the love of his life and wife of 60 years, G. Glenda Ewan. He was surrounded by family and friends.
Roy was born on Feb. 25, 1935, in Kluti-Kaah, Alaska. His father was the late Estaco Ewan of the Taltsiine clan and his mother the late Jessie Charley of the Udzisyu clan. After high school, Roy served in the U.S. Army. When he returned home, Roy was selected for leadership by his elders. He was the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) Camp 31 President. He represented the Ahtna people in negotiations of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. As Ahtna President and CEO, Roy was a strong and successful business leader. Roy spent the latter part of his life advocating fiercely for Ahtna hunting and fishing rights.
Roy was a co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) and went on to receive the prestigious AFN Citizen of the Year award. He was also a recipient of the First Alaskans Institute's Howard Rock award for his quiet and humble leadership.
Roy was an avid reader: he liked business books, autobiographies and was always current on local, statewide and national politics. He enjoyed baseball, basketball, boxing, trapping, hunting, working on the fishwheel and working on fish. His freezers were always filled with traditional foods he gathered during hunting and fishing seasons. In his younger years, he was a dog musher. Roy loved to be in the outdoors and on the land. Roy loved the Ahtna people! He wanted to see younger Ahtna men and women becoming familiar with the land and learning to appreciate being in the outdoors like he did.
Nick Jackson, Chairman of the Ahtna Inc. Board of Directors shared that: "Roy's heart was always for the people. Roy was orphaned at a young age and sent away but he later returned to become a respected and beloved leader of the Ahtna people."
Roy is survived by his wife G. Glenda; their daughter, Jacqueline and son-in-law Patrick Johnny; grandchildren, Roy Shane and Adrian Ewan and Ryan and Jolenda Johnny; and great-granddaughter, Tre'ann Ewan; brother, Wilbur Joe and wife Marilyn; first cousin, Robert Marshall; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
His final message was to love one another, work together and always take care of each other.
Anchorage Visitation was held on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, with viewing from 5 - 7 p.m. and service at 7 p.m., at Anchorage Baptist Temple, 6401 East Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage.
Gulkana Gathering will be held on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at the Gulkana Community Hall, Mile 127 Richardson Highway in Gulkana, Alaska.
Kluti-Kaah Visitation/Potlatch will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at 7 p.m., at Kluti-Kaah Hall, Mile 104 Old Richardson Highway in Copper Center, Alaska.
Glennallen Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Glennallen High School Gymnasium, 1976 Aurora Drive in Glennallen, Alaska.
Burial will be on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, after the funeral service, at Gulkana Village Cemetery, Mile 127 Richardson Highway in Gulkana, with Dinner/Potlach following the burial at Kluti-Kaah Hall.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2018