Frederick Clarence Wittanen (1937 - 2014)

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Long time resident Frederick (Fred) Clarence Wittanen passed away June 12, 2014 in Anacortes, Washington after battling lung cancer. Fred was born April 11, 1937 in Juneau, AK to Clarence and Etolin Wittanen.

Fred was raised on his parents' Auke Lake homestead, where the family still resides.
Fred graduated from Douglas in 1955, after which he joined the Army, worked on various tugs and also for Samson Tug & Barge. In 1963 he went to work for the Alaska State Marine Highway system, with the Malaspina as his first ship to sail on.

When Fred retired in 1994 after 32 years of service to the State of Alaska, he was Bos'n on the Matanuska. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, Moose Lodge and American Legion.

Fred enjoyed traveling, fishing and having coffee with his friends at Donna's . Fred enjoyed talking about his career on the ferries and tugging and how old Douglas and Juneau was back in the 40's and 50's. He always had a story to tell. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

His parents Clarence and Etolin Wittanen preceded him in death. He is survived by wife Norma of Anacortes WA., daughter Pam (Manny) of Juneau, son Jeff of Juneau, grandchildren Brooke of Juneau, Ashley and Kailey of Odessa, TX, sister Claire of WA., nephew Mike of Bellingham WA, and other relatives of Juneau.

Family will be hosting celebration of life potluck at the Moose Lodge on August 16, 2014
3-6 pm.

Contact Pam Wittanen-Moss for more information 790-2990 , PO Box 211081 Auke Bay, Ak 99821
Published in The Juneau Empire on June 25, 2014
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