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Barker, James Duane - Juneau  
James Duane Barker Jr. July 8, 1946 โ€“ April 2, 2015 James Duane Barker Jr. died at his home on April 2, 2015. Jim was 68. He was born on July 8, 1946, in Miami, Florida, to James Duane Barker and Sondra Marie Colman. At a young age Jim worked at his grandparents' court reporting office typing transcripts, where he learned to value the importance of grammar and punctuation. Throughout his life he has been actively involved in the court reporting community. He started his own business and developed SearchMaster, a software program now used by thousands of court reporters to quickly find the information they need. Jim also hosted multiple online forums where he would answer questions about grammar and punctuation. He encouraged a high standard of professionalism and was well known and admired for his personal approach and the generous amounts of time he would spend helping others. In 1999 at a court reporters conference, Jim met his wife, Lynda, and soon chased her all the way to Juneau, Alaska. They were married on October 19, 2003. Jim cherished his time with Lynda and often told her that their days together were the happiest days of his life. Above all, Jim's passion was his love for God. He was a man of prayer who rejoiced every day in the grace of God. He was actively involved at Christ Lutheran Church where he served on the church council, and he was known for greeting people at the door with an energetic smile and a handshake. As a brother in faith, he was always looking for ways to encourage others and lead them to the cross of Christ and God's unconditional love and forgiveness. We rejoice and take comfort in the promise of the resurrection and the eternal life which Jim has now inherited. Jim is survived by his wife, Lynda Barker; his children, Dawnmarie Barker, Liza Michelle Sante Held, and James M. Barker; Lynda's son Christopher Batchelor; his grandsons Julian Piantedosi, Landon Furrer, and Gabriel Furrer; his brothers Dale Barker, Carl Barker, and Alex Barker; and his cousins Jennie Barker and Steve Barker. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 34104, Juneau, Alaska 99803, or may be made online on the church's website at www.ChristJuneau.com. The Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on April 25th at Christ Lutheran Church, located at 10300 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska. The service will also be streamed live online from the church's website. Following the service there will be refreshments in the church fellowship hall.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 15 to May 14, 2015
Charles, Joel - Juneau  
Joel Wilburt Charles passed away on March 20, 2015. He was born November 11, 1980. He was Raven-Seagull. He graduated from Hoonah City School the year of 2001. His enjoyments were spending time with his kids, family and neighborhood kids. He also enjoyed playing video games, outdoor activities, as well as practical jokes such as ""You are my master."" Joel's most interesting jobs were pharmacist, a school bus driver, and a forest firefighter which gave him the option to travel and explore different places. His jokes could change a mood around; he touched the hearts of many. Survived by mother Betty R. Charles; grandpa Daniel Charles Sr. ; children Arnold Haube (mother Carol Haube), Walter Haube-Law, Anita Haube, Arlene Haube, Josephine Jim, Olivia Morrison, Gabriel Morrison. He is also survived by grandchild, Chloe Haube; uncles George Charles, Daniel Charles Jr., Terrell G Charles, Mike Tackaberry, Walter Pratt; Auntie Alice Charles; siblings Bettina Charles, Alicia Yatchmanoff, Crystal Fawcett, Ivy Haube, Margaret Haube, Emily Williams, Danielle McKee, Kevin McKee, Kyle McKee, Kylie McKee, Edward Williams Jr., and Clifford Adams Jr. Also surviving are cousins Tauter Pearce, Jonathon Charles, Priscilla Barr, Terry Charles Jr., Elias Tackabery, Diana R. Austin, Charette Okegawa, Christina Okegawa, Georgianna Okegawa, Russell Sheakley, Lillian Sheakley, numerous cousins. He will be missed by beloved friends Rudy and Kessie Willard and many more. Joel is preceded in death by great-grandmother Alice Olsen, aunties Diana Wright, Inez Tackabery, sister Mae (Haube) Singer, friend Josh Beach, Little Arnold's grandfather Arnold Haube. Viewing is scheduled from 3pm to 7pm on March 27th and Memorial Services will be held at Glacier Valley Church of God from 2pm to 4pm on March 28th, 2015.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 27 to Apr. 26, 2015
Dickey, Hortense Genevieve "Gen" - Juneau  
Longtime Juneau resident Hortense Genevieve "Gen" Dickey passed away on October 19, 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gen was born on January 14, 1930, to Horton G. and Stella Haight in Twin Falls, Idaho. Gen married Don Dickey on November 2, 1957, in Carmel California. They had two children, daughter Dru and son Dane Dickey. She worked at several banks in Juneau early in her career. She went on to serve as special assistant in the COngressional Office, where she found joy helping constituents. Gen and Don led a life filled with fun, friends, and adventure, but nothing meant more to them than family and friends. Gen leaves behind her two children, sister Anabel and her husband Ray Lusty of Sun Valley, Idaho, and her beloved friends. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Horton G. Haight Jr., and Robert Haight, as well as her parents. Gen and Don's ashes will be buried together in a private family cemetary at Blue Lakes Ranch, Idaho. Condolences can be sent in care of Dru Fenster, P.O. Box 210316, Auke Bay, Alaska 99821. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 15 to May 15, 2015
Dwyre, Robert Golding "Bob" - Silver City  
Robert Golding Dwyre, (Big Bob 6' 4" tall with the greatest smile that ever lived) born September 25th, 1929 to Mamie Lee Russell Dwyre and Burton Golding Dwyre finally made it to his favorite hunting grounds where Our Lord greeted him. Bob left for the big hunt on Monday, March 23 after a few bits of challenging weather at the Mayo Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ. However finally the weather lifted and his final eternal journey gathered speed and he has joined all the great hunters that have gone before him including his hero, his father Burton Golding Dwyre of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bob lived an amazing life that began in Silver City, New Mexico, where he was born and returned to live in the late 80's. Bob was a registered civil engineer, who after graduation from Santa Fe High School, and New Mexico State University, went on to become Deputy Commissioner of Public Works for the State of Alaska and after his retirement from there, went to contribute his civil engineering skills to the growth of the Trans-Alaska pipeline for ARCO -British Petroleum. He loved living and working in the State of Alaska and enjoyed everything the wilderness and adventure could offer. His favorite pastime was fishing and hunting of which he was still talking about right up until the day he left for his final hunt. Bob proudly shared that he was the last person of 24 people selected in the hunting lottery and received a rare permit for the Great Buffalo hunt in Alaska in 1966 when he successfully tracked and hunted a giant buffalo that he brought back singlehanded. He provided an extraordinary life for his family, and created magnificent memories that will last for generations to come. Bob's great spirit lives on in his strong and vibrant legacy he has left behind. Bob is remembered for always sharing his big beautiful smile, his generous laughter, his riveting story telling and his ability to tell jokes that left everyone on the floor. Bob is survived by his two daughters, Cyd Dwyre Duffin, of Wasilla, Alaska and Julie Dwyre of Albuquerque, New Mexico along with his sister, Dorothy Dwyre Grosvenor of Santa Fe. He was a proud 32nd degree Mason, past President of the Juneau Shriners, the Juneau Elks Club and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having been a Navy Seabee in the Korean War. And most importantly he was a life-long member of "The Having Fun" Club that he resoundingly stated was the most important thing in life! Cremation has already taken place and a memorial service is planned for a future date.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 12 to May 11, 2015
Ebona, John - Juneau  
John Ebona July13, 1935-February 3, 2015 Born July 13, 1935, in Hood Bay, Alaska, to parents Martin (Filipino) and Annie Paul James Ebona (K'iyaaltin), Tlingit. Tribal Member of the Yeil; Deisheetaan, Dei shu Hit'- Raven Beaver, "End of the Trail House." He was a member of the Sealaska Corporation and Goldbelt, Inc. He attended two years in St. Martin's College in Lacey, Washington. John was also in the United States Army and served in active duty in Korea He started out working in Chatham Cannery in the days of trap fishing. He worked on Fish Tenders, most notably the Hetta for the New England Fish Company. Throughout his school years, he was very popular and had many friends. He attended the St. Ann's Catholic School with his siblings, then on to Juneau High School graduating in 1955. He was nominated and received the Most Valuable Player Award. He was an awesome basketball player. His number was #3, He played for the Arctic Knights of Juneau, Alaska, in the Gold Medal Tournament. A friend stated, he was a 3-pointer basket slam dunk every time. John loved sports and loved watching the Redskins, Lakers and other teams. Most recently his daughter Maja made him a 12 Fan of the Seattle Seahawks. He worked at the Juneau Cold Storage as Office manager, Tlingit & Haida Housing Authority, and worked with long life friends John Vavalis, Kermit Cesar, Milton DeAsis, Dave Hollingsworth to name a few. When he retired he moved to Federal Way, Washington but would travel to various states to see his siblings. He would take his family and later nephews out on his boat the "Gold Finger" for several days. Also, many times he went out fishing with most family members and showed some how to bait the hooks and catch many fish. That was a time for fun laughter and memories. Gold Finger was his CB name. He was also known to many of his cohorts as "Sonny Bono." He was married to Diane Freeburg and they had two children, Derek Jon and Maja Lisa. He is preceded in death by his Father Martin Ebona, Sr., Mother Annie Ebona, Brothers Andrew Ebona, Sr., Martin Ebona, Jr., Sisters Barbara D'Cafango, Edith Butler, Anna Marie Joe, He is survived by Sisters, Ruby Agbayani, of New York & Mary Ebona, Brother, August (Michele) Ebona of Aberdeen, Washington Children: Maja Lisa Brickner, (Scott) of Federal Way, Washington Derek Ebona, (Crystal Underhill) of Silverdale, Washington Grandchildren:Asia O'Daniel, Amanda Brickner, Brendan Brickner, Erik Brickner, Ian Ebona, Avery Ebona, Caleb and Mason Ebona (twins), Myra Lamas-Underhill and Israel Lamas-Underhill and many Nieces, Nephews. Memorial Service Saturday, February 28th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center 3801 Discovery Park Blvd Seattle, WA 98199 Contact Phone: 360 581-7576 Mary Ebona 6312 Karjala Rd. Aberdeen, WA 98520 Special thank you to John Garcia for the Bentwood Box and to the Daybreak Star for the Hall the Howden Kennedy Funeral Home. The Care Givers and Hospice for their loving caring service. Also all the Friends and Family in attendance here and in spirit with all the prayers and condolences we have received.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 20 to Apr. 19, 2015
Estrada, Juanita - Juneau  
Juanita Jean Estrada, 81, a resident of Cleveland, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at an assisted living facility. She was born in Crystal Springs, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cortland and Phrona Kisner Alyea, and one sister, Helen Jane Farthing. She lost both her parents at a very young age, and was raised by her aunt and uncle, Nellie and Endres Blizzard, who she is also preceded in death by. Survivors include her husband Ted Estrada, of Cleveland; Three Children, Michael Delez of Juneau, Alaska; Nita Cadic, and spouse, Lou, of Decatur, Ga; and Christopher Delez, of Sunrise, Fl. She is also survived by Four Step-Children, Yvonne Reed, California; Rocky Estrada, Alaska; Tina Sowers, Washington State; and Byron Nolcini, Washington State. She has 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Nieces and Nephews, Marsha, David and Tom Chenoweth. She attended North Cleveland Baptist Church. SHe also owned and operated beauty salons in Indiana. She is a past president of the Juneau Emblem Club and former chaplain of The Supreme Emblem Club. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at North Cleveland Baptist Church with the Dr. Jay McCluskey officiating.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 12 to Apr. 11, 2015
Howard SR, John - Juneau  
November 12, 1926 โ€“ April 8, 2015 ยท World War II Veteran John Howard Sr., born November 12, 1926 in Tenakee, AK, passed away peacefully in his sleep April 8, 2015 at the age of 88. First and foremost he was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. To provide for his loved ones in the late '70s he captained seine boats and tenders at Chatham cannery. He worked the pipeline as a welder. He helped with the First & Second Phase construction for T & H Housing in Angoon. He worked with the construction of the ferry terminal in Sitka and Angoon. He worked as a magistrate in Angoon for fourteen years, and retired thereafter. After retiring he volunteered at the Angoon school kitchen to help out the love of his life. He married his love Teresa Howard on October 18, 1958 in Angoon. Family members he leaves behind are his wife Teresa Howard; children John (Audrey) Howard Jr. of Angoon, Dermott (Donelle) Howard of Juneau, Susettna (DeAndre) King of Juneau, Lonnie Howard of Superior, MN, Albert Howard of Angoon, Harvey Jacobs of Hydaburg, and JoAnn Jackson of Kake; brother Ray (Marie) Howard of Hoonah, and Jean Howard of Indiana; brothers Charles, Thomas, Ernie, James, Fred, Jack; and sister Mary Wycoff. Also surviving are his grandchildren John Howard III, Albert Howard, Bobbie Dudas, Aaron Howard, Rebecca Howard, Tamara Howard, Derek Nelson, DeAndre King Jr, ShaMeaka King, DeAndre Jazz King, Tatiana King, DeAndre Harlem King, Dale Howard, Dominic Demmert, Donavan Jacobs, Clinton Howard, Allie Howard, Royal Jackson III, Brandon (Ashley) Jackson, Joshua (Mischa) Jackson, Shawn (Samantha) Jackson, Willow Jackson and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. Preceding John in death are his parents, Albert and Mae Howard; son Clinton Howard Sr. and grandson Clinton Howard Jr.; and his brothers and sisters Elizabeth, Emma, Albert, Julia, Mary, David, Martha, and Mae. Services will be held April 15, 2015 at the Church of God. 6 P.M. Sharp. Services held in Angoon: April 16, 2015 Memorial Service 5 p.m. Angoon ANB Hall. April 17, 2015 Funeral Service 10 a.m. Angoon ANB Hall. Thank you dinner following.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 15 to May 14, 2015
Knutson, Beverly Jane - Juneau  
Beverly Jane Knutson, a resident of Twin Lakes, Idaho and Hoonah, Alaska, passed away February 27, 2015, after a courageous five-year battle with cancer. Beverly was born December 16, 1938, in Coeur d'Alene, to French and Frances McCoy. On March 10, 1956, Beverly married Alonzo (Lonnie) Knutson. She was a homemaker and later in life she accompanied her husband commercial fishing. Beverly enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, and was known for her famous chocolate chip cookies. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Randy, and son-in-law Raymond. Beverly is survived by her husband, Lonnie, brother Ed, son Gil (Joyce), daughters Pam (Jim), Debbie, and Kathy; grandchildren Jessica, Tommy, Chantelle, Nicole, Ryan, Darrel, and Jacob; and great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Lucas, and Ella. No services are planned and her ashes will be spread at a future date. The family would like to thank the staff at Northwest Oncology, CyberKnife, and also the Northland Lakes Fire District for their care and compassion. English Funeral Chapel of Coeur d'Alene has been entrusted to handle final arrangements. Please visit Beverly's online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 19 to Apr. 18, 2015
McNeil, Chris - Juneau  
October 9, 1923 โ€“ April 6, 2015 Chris McNeil, Sr. was born on October 9, 1923 in Gingolx, British Columbia to Flora Sutton and Matthew Stewart. He was Laxsgiik, Eagle, Simogit AxHaathaaTkw. He passed away on April 6, 2015 at ANMC surrounded by family. Chis married Anita Brown. They had eight children; Chris Jr., Shirley, Margaret, Patricia, Helen, Larry, Lorraine and Bradley. He also has a daughter, Louise Wilson of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He was predeceased by his second wife, Barbara Hartill, the mother of their son, Chris D. McNeil of Arizona. His surviving siblings are Charles, Winnie and Ester Stewart. He has many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Chris was preceded in death by his daughter, Lorraine, and his five siblings. Chris owned his first boat at 14 years old, fishing the Skeena River. Chris fished in Bristol Bay from the days of double-ender sailboats. He was a highliner and received recognition by the Alaska Packers Association, catching 43,800 salmon. In Juneau, he owned the Wilson and the "Herring Pond" at Auke Bay that provided bait for commercial fishermen on the Pacific coast and herring and eggs to the Native community. In Kodiak he owned the Yukon and his sons, Larry, Bradley and step-son Lyle, fished with him. Chris was one of the first to fish crab in the Aleutians, running the 536 ton Kodiak Queen, the largest and one of four boats in the fishery. After catching 1.2 million pounds of king crab they had to quit because the tender was fully loaded. Chris fished halibut and black cod in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea, on his boat the Patriot with his sons Chris Jr., Larry, Bradley and his grandson, Micah McNeil. Chris was the captain of many of the top performing fishing boats and trained and mentored many people in the commercial fishing profession. As a Traditional Nisga'a Leader, he taught the younger generation the Nisga'a philosophy for living a long productive life is to have a kind heart and to help those in need. Services will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Cook Inlet Housing Community Center, 9131 Centennial Circle, Anchorage Alaska and on April 26, 2015 in Gingolx, BC. Photos by Larry McNeil
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 17 to May 17, 2015
Quick, Elsie J - Juneau  
Elsie J. Quick, 59, of Juneau, Alaska was promoted to glory March 14, 2015 at ANMC. She was born in Kake, Alaska on July 18, 1955, the daughter of the late Peter & Mary Quick. Elsie was excited to begin working for the KGB School District in 1978 in Ketchikan, Alaska and later transferred to Juneau School District in 1987, then retired from the Juneau School District in 2005. She was a strong, vibrant, compassionate individual, who sought to bless others. Elsie was a pillar in the lives of many & will be greatly missed and held in loving memory. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, eight siblings. She is survived by eighteen siblings, fifteen nieces and nephews, nineteen great nieces and nephews, fourteen cousins, six aunts and uncles, and her adopted children. Services to be held on Tuesday, March 24th at Glacier Valley Church of God on Thunder Mountain Road in Juneau, Alaska. If you wish to send flowers, make donations, or send condolences, please contact Ella at (907) 209-7423.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 18 to Apr. 17, 2015
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