Robert A. Pegues (1936 - 2011)

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Lifelong Alaskan Robert A. Pegues died July 3, 2011, at the Petersburg Medical Center following a battle with cancer
"Uncle Bob" as he was affectionately known by family and friends, was born in Juneau September 20, 1936 to pioneer Alaskan news reporters Jack and Dorothy Pegues. He and his twin brother Dick became members of a growing "thundering herd" of Pegues boys. In 1942 the family moved to Skagway, returning to Juneau in late 1943 to the longtime family home on Basin Road.
Boy Scouts and outdoor activities occupied his off-school hours, spending much time in the Silverbow Basin, Granite Creek and on Mt Roberts. During his high school days Bob was very active in school activities, and in his off school days, honed his growing skills as a top-notch radio broadcaster at KINY.
Graduating from Juneau High School, Bob continued his broadcast career with both KINY and KJNO until he moved to Fairbanks and worked with KFAR Radio and TV. There he worked variously as an announcer, news reporter, co-anchor and director of KFAR News and Radio Station Manager. He served as Network Film Director for the Midnight Sun Broadcasting Network in Anchorage. In the pre-historic days, all TV programming in Alaska, except the local news, was broadcast from film.
Bob moved to Tenakee Springs in 1963, working for Dermott and Dorie O'Toole at Snyder Mercantile and joined with longtime family friend Ryder Converse in commercial crab fishing.
While maintaining his Tenakee residence, he regularly commuted to and from the North Slope during pipeline construction serving in the Air Transportation Division of Husky Oil. He retired as assistant chief of Husky Oil's Alaska Air Operations. During the Exxon Valdez saga, he returned to Valdez to work as a controller in Exxon's Spill Reponse Center.
Bob served for several years on the Tenakee Springs City Council, including 3 terms as Mayor.
In 1979 he joined with brothers Don and Dick and family friend Clark Emery purchasing the O'Toole properties associated with Snyder Mercantile in Tenakee. He also was involved in the purchase of the old Superior Cannery in Tenakee Inlet. Bob made his residence at the superintendent's house on the property and commuted by skiff to work, meetings and social events in Tenakee.
Bob was devoted to the history of the cannery and did considerable traveling, research, and interviewing to gather historical material for a book he was working on about the Superior Cannery. He was a co-founder of the Tenakee Historical Collection and served on the Board of Directors. He wrote many factual and entertaining articles for The Store Door, the organization's quarterly newsletter. His contributions to Alaskan history, both written and verbal, will be missed by many.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jack, Jim, Terry, Geoff, Dick and Bill; uncle and aunt Don and Bertie Haley; sisters-in-law June Pegues and Elsie Pegues; and niece Barbara Pegues.
He is survived by brothers Don and Rod, sisters-in –law Donna Pegues, Josephine Pegues and Sharon O'Toole; and many nephews and nieces including Carrie Prophet of Federal Way, who attended Bob tirelessly during his Seattle hospitalization, and locally, Geoff Pegues, Greg Pegues (Mary) , Doug Pegues(Francine), Gwen Pegues, Matt Pegues (Kelli), and Tom Pegues (Jen).

A celebration of life will be held in Tenakee in August at a time to be announced, and Bob's ashes will be spread on the waters in front of his residence at the cannery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Tenakee Historical Collection, PO Box 633, Tenakee Springs AK, 99841.

Published in The Juneau Empire on July 27, 2011
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