William (Wilbur) Edward Strahm of Pelican, Alaska passed away in Federal Way, Washington, June 12, 2013, after a short battle with cancer.
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Wilbur (as he was known to everyone) was born to Cleo and Vern Strahm March 30, 1949 in The Dalles, Oregon. He met the love of his life, Mary Lou in 1967 they married in June of 1968. In 1973, they were joined by their son Richard Key. In January 1974 the young family packed up and moved to Pelican, Alaska were Wilbur went to work for Pelican Cold Storage as a carpenter. They had their second son Jason Ryan in 1976. In 1977 Wilbur took a job with Inspiration Development on Yakobi Island and moved out to the local mine. In 1983 he went back to work for Pelican Cold Storage joining local 286 as a licensed Operating Engineer. During his time with Pelican Cold Storage he also became a licensed electrician. Anyone who knew Wilber knew that they could go to him and whatever needed to be fixed he would figure it out. Many fisher people will deeply miss Wilbur's skill to get them back out on the grounds. His sense of humor and out look on life will be missed by the whole community of Pelican. The City of Pelican will be dedicating the new ice machine in memory of Wilbur.
Wilber is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, sons, Richard (Rick)(Christina), Jason (Amber), all of Pelican. Grandchildren Cody, (Juneau), Christian and Kimber (Pelican) two brothers and one sister all of Oregon. Wilbur is also survived by long time family friend, Edith Lemieux and family of Federal Way and Puyallup, Washington.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents Cleo and Vern Strahm.
By request of both Wilbur and Mary Lou there will be no services. In lieu of flowers the family request that you make donations to your choice of cancer research.
Published in The Juneau Empire on June 26, 2013