Edward Charles "Buck" Loidhamer (1919 - 2017)

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  • "Buck was one of those people you could always count on to..."
    - Warren Wiley
  • "Sue and Jack receive and condolences and the love and peace..."
    - Ann
  • "Sorry Sue and Jack, you are both never far from my..."
    - Bob Cunningam
  • "I will always love him."
    - Ava Loidhamer
  • "I was sorry to hear about Buck. What a truly nice man he..."
    - Jill Bryson
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Edward (Buck) Charles Loidhamer, of Juneau Alaska, passed away on June 3, 2017 at the young age of 98. Buck was born on February 2, 1919 in Edgewood, Washington, the third youngest of twelve children. Buck attended school in Fife and graduated from Fife High School in 1938. On January 2, 1939 he purchased a $51.00 ticket to Sitka, Alaska that changed his life forever. He left Seattle on the M.S. Northland, arriving about ten days later, and moved into Ma Salow's boarding house. With the beginning on spring, he began employment with Clarence Rands building homes, a career field that served him will throughout his lifetime. He was blessed to get a 'yes' when he made a marriage proposal to the 'Lady of his Life', Georgette, and further blessed with 59 years together prior to her death in July of 1996. They raised two children, Edward and Susan. He welcomed a daughter-in-law, Teresa Loidhamer and a son-in-law, John (Jack) Woods, whom then blessed him with five grandchildren, Scott (Val), Shannon (Rick), Steven Loidhamer, Lisa (Tom Loupe), and Jennifer (Peter Gundersen) Woods. Throughout the years came six great-grandchildren, Ava, Camden, Callie Ann, Chase Loidhamer, Curtis and Kaelin Gundersen.

His career was filled with work at the Naval Air Stations on Japonski Island and Adak. After mobbing to Juneau in 1952, he worked at Rushers Hardware, and later at Rusher's Juneau Young Co. In 1969 Rushers Juneau Young was sold, and he then gained employment with Lyles Hardware where he remained until December 31, 1982 when he retired. Then came the fun; His life was filled with hunting with his son and grandson, Ed and Scott, fishing with his son-in-law, Jack, traveling to Wrigley Field to see the Cubbies with Peter, and driving the Alaskan Highway with Thomas. Watching his grand kids and great-grandkids grow up was his greatest joy; soccer fields, ice rinks, baseball fields, and basketball courts were his living room.

Buck made many acquaintances throughout his life, to him, they all became valued friends and loved ones alike.

At Buck's request, no service will be held. In honor of him please hug, and hold your loved ones a little longer and tighter today, watch a game together. Condolences may be sent to 641 Alder St., Juneau, Alaska 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from June 11 to July 10, 2017