Paul Ralph Rudolph Jr.

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Paul Ralph Rudolph Jr., 77, of Hoonah, Alaska, succumbed to lung cancer passing quietly and painlessly in Juneau on the evening of January 23rd, 2015 with family by his side.
Paul was preceded in death by his mother Assunta Hill; father Paul R. Rudolph Sr.; stepfather Roy Hill; brothers Alvin Rudolph, Melvin Rudolph, Ken Rudolph, and Miles Murphy Jr.
Paul is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; daughters Amy (Howard) Starbard, and Assunta; brothers Byron "Rudy" Rudolph, Alessandro "Al" (Sharon) Hill, Royal Hill, Vernon (Jeanne) Hill, Raino (Collette) Hill, Joe Rudolph, and Harold Rudolph; sisters Myra (Roger) Dore, Evelyn Hatmaker, Pauline (Sven) Andersson, Tina (George) Martin, Lina Edwards, Mary Ann Steward, Sharon Kay, Cecilia Lobdel; and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Paul was a loving and caring father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all.
Paul loved commercial fishing, which he did for over 50 years until retirement. His last seine vessel skippered was the "Inian Queen" which he ran from 1974 through 2001. He also long lined for halibut and black cod in the Gulf of Alaska and was considered one of the most successful seiner and long line skippers from Hoonah. He also worked as a general contractor for 50+ years and owned and operated Rudolph-Thompson Construction Inc., with his best friend Mike.
Paul enjoyed sports and was considered one of the most competitive basketball players to have ever played in the Juneau Lions Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, winning three 1962, '65 and '66 double (AA) bracket championships with the Hoonah A.N.B. Team. He received numerous all tourney awards and was the MVP of the tournament several times. In 1980, he was deservedly elected into the Gold Medal Hall of Fame.
Paul's family wanted to send a special thank you to the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) in Anchorage, for all of their care and medical support. Specific thanks to the Oncology Department and Paul's favorite nurse, Sarah. Thank you also to Juneau SEARHC, DR. Noble Anderson and case manager, Christine who did so much for Paul during this period. Also, thank you to the Juneau Hospice Care for all they did in providing loving supportive care. While brief, a better group of people would be hard to find.
Arrangements for cremation were made with Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary in Juneau Alaska. Celebration(s) of Paul's life will be held in Juneau at the T&H Hall at 3235 Hospital Drive on January 29, 2015 at 6 p.m. and in Hoonah at the Alumni Gym on January 31, 2015 at 6 p.m. Honorary pallbearers for the Juneau Service are Paul's grandsons. Honorary pallbearers for the Hoonah Service are his Hoonah ANB Gold Medal Championship Team. The public is invited to attend.
Paul's ashes will be spread in the waters of Port Frederick, Icy Straits and the Inian Islands in the Spring/Summer. Per Paul's wishes, his late brother, Alvin Rudolph's ashes will also be spread during that same period. Alvin was very close to Paul's heart and he felt that he and his brother would be most happy to be spread together.
Anyone wishing to contact the family may call Amber D. Henderson at (907) 957-3989
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 29 to Feb. 27, 2015
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