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Hansen, Richard Bert - Sitka  
December 8, 1930 – June 20, 2016 Richard Bert Hansen was born in Cordova, Alaska on December 8, 1930 to Grace and William Hansen. He passed away Monday June 20, 2016 in Palm Springs, CA. Richard grew up in Cordova and Juneau, Alaska. He grew up loving sports, particularly basketball. His Juneau High School basketball team won the state championship in 1950. In his 20s, his city league basketball team won the Gold Medal Championship and he was named MVP. After serving in the Marines during the Korean Conflict he returned to Douglas and married Patricia Ann Balog on April 30, 1955. He and his young family headed to college in Bellingham where he earned a teaching degree from Western Washington University. Later he earned a Master's degree from Penn State University. During his career in education, he was a teacher, vice principal, and principal in Petersburg, Sitka and Wrangell. He coached basketball, cross country, track and baseball. He served as President of the Alaska School Activities Association. Many in Sitka learned to drive with him as the Driver's Ed teacher. After retiring from education, he worked for the Sealaska Corp. Some of his other jobs included fisherman, logger, fishing lodge handyman. For the past 25 years he enjoyed playing golf and traveling between Alaska and Palm Springs, California. Richard is survived by his wife Patricia Ann (Balog) Hansen and his children: daughter Cathie (Jim) Strickland, grandchildren Jason and Tricia (Michael) (great granddaughters Ally, Emma); daughter Cindy (Jon) McGraw, grandsons Jon, Mitchell, Joshua (great grandchildren Hunter, Faith, Rowen, Joshua Jr., Maile; son Richard B Hansen Jr. (Leslie), grandsons Adam (Tiffani), Kristofer (great grandsons Beckett, Maddox, Paxton); son John Hansen (Erin), grandchildren Renee, Kyle, Jeannette, Kory (Lindy), Haley, Lee (great grandchildren Grace, Rita, Landon, Sawyer, Jonah, Alyssa, Jacob, Natilie, Amelia, Phinely); son Ron Hansen (Cindy), grandchildren Destry (John), Casey, Ronnie, Annie, Donna, Sam; and daughter Christie (Terry) Howard, granddaughters Amanda and Maddy. Richard was one of 12 children with two surviving sisters Mae (Hansen) Lange, and Gertrude (Treffers) Whitely and many nieces and nephews. In so many ways Richard was a champion to so many kids: basketball, track, cross country, Little League and Junior Babe Ruth baseball. He had a great zest for life and always had a smile for anyone he met. If you asked him what his best accomplishments were, he would always say he was so proud of his children and grandchildren and he had a deep and abiding love for his wife Patricia. He was truly a good husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the Richard "Itchy" Hansen Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will benefit young Sitka athletes. Donation can be made at the Wells Fargo Bank, 300 Lincoln Street Sitka, Alaska. Account number 1574040554. A Military service will take place at 2 o'clock pm on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Sitka National Cemetery, 803 Sawmill Creek Road Sitka, Alaska. Following the service, there will be a celebration of life reception at the Sea Mountain Golf Course, 301 Granite Creek Road from 3 to 6 pm.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from June 29 to July 29, 2016
Heimbigner, David W. - Juneau  
David W. Heimbigner passed away on June 13, 2016. He was 63. David graduated from high school in Edmonds, WA in 1971. He went on to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks and later worked for Odom Corporation. David is survived by his wife of 43 years, Renda, their sons Erick (wife Ashley) and Brian, sister Nancy Dunlap (husband Dan), father-in-law Graham Rountree and sister-in-law Jaimie Rountree. A Celebration of Life is planned for Monday, July 18 at the Savikko Park log cabin at Sandy Beach, 5-7 p.m. Friends are invited to join his family in the celebration. In lieu of flowers please support the important work of the Institute for Mental Health Research (IMHR) in David's memory. Information about IMHR and its mission to accelerate the understanding, treatment and ultimately the prevention of diseases of the brain, can be found at www.imhr.org
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Published in The Juneau Empire from June 26 to July 25, 2016
Houston, Emma Marie (Nielsen) - Juneau  
Emma Marie Nielsen Houston passed away peacefully on June 13, 2016. She was born in Juneau on September 14, 1925 to Jens & Marie Nielsen, the 6th of nine children. She attended Juneau schools, graduating in 1943. She began her 40 year career with First National Bank Alaska following graduation. Emma married Stuart Houston in 1950 and together they raised three children in Juneau. In 1963 they purchased a cabin at Huffman Harbor and spent many happy summers there. After retirement, Stu and Emma bowled with the Senior Bowling league, attended Juneau Golf tournaments and took many cruises with friends. Emma was a wonderful grandmother, caring for both of her grandchildren. She was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Juneau Golf Club and a lifelong member of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Emma spent the last years of her life in the care of first The Bridge and later the Sitka Pioneers Home and the Juneau Pioneers Home. Emma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Stuart, sisters Elsie, Christine and Luise, brothers Albert (Scram), Ed, Jim and George, nephews Ron Nielsen, John Kane and niece Dolores Fraga. She is survived by her sister Anna Kane of Grass Valley, CA, sister-in-law Verla Houston of Edmonds, WA, children, George & Jay Houston, Daughter Heather Drapeaux (Roger), grandchildren Jeannie Wolfe (Joel) and Kyle Drapeaux (Maggie), and great granddaughter Emma Carol Wolfe all of Juneau. Nephews Jim Cress, Charlie Cress, Ed Nielsen, Jr., Patrick Kane, Jens Nielsen and David Brabaw, nieces, Carole Talbot, Georgene Nielsen, Chris Kane, Carla Anecito, and Sheila Nelson. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 14th at Resurrection Lutheran Church at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at the Hanger Ballroom from 4-6 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Bridge, the Sitka Pioneers Home Auxiliary, Juneau Pioneers Home Foundation, Resurrection Lutheran Church or the JDHS Fast Break Club. The family wishes to express great gratitude to both the Juneau and Sitka Pioneers Home for the wonderful care she received.
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Published in The Juneau Empire from July 10 to Aug. 8, 2016
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