Wally Brommels (1944 - 2016)

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Wally Brommels passed away on September 11th, from a fall while at his remote hunting cabin on Mankomen Lake. He was where he loved to be, doing what he loved to do. He had shot his biggest moose ever, 66 ¼" before his fall. Wally was born on April 23, 1944 in Juneau. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Joan. Also surviving are three children, Kim Bertholl (husband Dwayne) of Eagle River, Rick Brommels and Julie Brommels, of Tok, and three granddaughters, Rylee Williamson, Meghan and Alyssa Bertholl, who he adored. He is also survived by many extended family members in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Washington, Oregon, Florida and Hawaii. He was also a member of Sealaska and Goldbelt corporations.
Wally was a longshoreman for 35 years and a State of Alaska, DOT employee for 17 years. He commercially fished for halibut and salmon, enjoyed deer hunting, crabbing, and his yearly moose hunt on the Slana River. This year was his 49th year of hunting on the Slana. Upon retirement he and Joan moved to their remote cabin where they lived off the grid for 4 years. They then purchased a home in Tok so they could remain close to the cabin yet still be able to easily see their granddaughters. Wally loved getting together with friends and family, sharing stories and cooking great food. He was an amazing cook, well known for his prime rib dinners and clam chowder. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service is being planned for next Fall at his home in Tok. This is a time of year that he loved as a lot of his friends were gathering to head up the Slana River for hunting.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, 2016