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James Verhaeghe

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James A. Verhaeghe was born on November 9, 1930, to early Alaskans Frieda Borter-Verhaeghe and Cyriele Verhaeghe in Nenana, Alaska. Jim graduated from Nenana High School in 1949 and worked on river boats for the CAA and Alaska Railroad until he joined the Air Force in 1950. In 1951 Jim married Rose Johnson of Burlington, New Jersey. After his discharge in 1953, Jim joined the Alaska Air National Guard in its early years and worked as a staff sergeant in charge of property accounting until 1957. From 1957 to 1960 Jim worked for Federal Electric on the White Alice Air Force Contract and continued with the RCA Corporation and later Alascom when they assumed the White Alice contract. He retired from Alascom in 1991, after thirty-one years as a supervisor and administrator.

Jim enjoyed attending services at Bethel chapel, where he has been active since 1971. He also appreciated his friendships with the members of several "Old Timers" coffee groups with whom he met regularly.

James was proceeded in death by wife Rose Marie Verhaeghe (May 4, 2004); half sister Frieda Plumb; and grandson James Ward Verhaeghe II.

James is survived and still loved by: daughter Suzanne Verhaeghe-Ray and her husband Rick; James Verhaeghe and his wife Daisy; sister Mary Delaney; grandchildren Nathan and Jered Verhaeghe, Mercy Ray and Bree Ray-Thorpe. Great grand children Ava Dupuis, Riley and Brayden Verhaeghe, longtime friend Bevery Baker.

He will be laid to rest at Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial Service will be held at Bethel Chapel, 239 Price St, Saturday, July 20th at 1:00 pm.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel; to sign the guestbook and view the online memorial visit

Published in from July 19 to July 20, 2013
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