David "Buck" Wilfred Morway, 83, went to the arms of his lord on the afternoon of Dec. 16, 2012, with his family by his side.
David was born May 17, 1929, in Hinkley, Minn., to Madeline and Wilfred Morway. As a child, he and his family moved to Red Bluff, Calif.
On July 22, 1948, David joined the U.S. Navy
and served during the Korean War
on the navy ship, USS Helena. He was discharged June 5, 1952.
On Sept. 6, 1952, he married his wife of 60 years, Ardena. David and Ardena's first child, Denise, was born in 1954; their second child, Roxanna, was born in 1956.
David worked as a long-line truck driver and rancher in California, until they decided to move their family to Alaska in 1964. Within two weeks they sold their farm, packed their belongings and headed North.
When arriving in Alaska, David quickly found work as an Operating Engineer with H & H Contracting. In the following years, he worked as an operator for many contractors. A few would include, Earth Movers, Yutan Construction, Burgess Construction, Alaska Unlimited, State of Alaska DOT/M&O Dalton District and Midstate Equipment.
In 1972, David and Ardena purchased a small recreational cabin 42 miles up the Salcha River from friends, Dick and Helen Simpkin. David, and his family, loved life on the river and spent many winters snowmachining, boating, hunting, fishing, cutting firewood and building cabins. Neighbors that would ride up for the weekend could anticipate arriving to a warm cabin when they arrived. This time gave David the opportunity to enjoy his family and many dear friends.
Although David retired from the Local 302, he never really retired. He was a very skilled operator, and always eager to get into a piece of equipment. His motivation became a valuable asset when his daughter and son-in-law started a new business, Midstate Equipment, Inc., and he continued to be an intricate part of the business until his passing. For over a decade, he could be found doing snow removal on the Eielson Yukon Training Area. He operated graders, loaders and dozers on many of the projects contracted to Midstate Equipment. In between operating, and keeping everybody in line at Midstate, he was well known at many of the parts stores in town due to his swift and punctual ability to expedite.
David's family was his greatest joy, and without ever being asked, he was always there to help. He spent many hours in the family garden and greenhouse with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He continually circulated amongst the family, just to make sure everyone was alright.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Madeline Morway; and his siblings, Bob, Pete, Ralph, Risa, Marie and Geraldine. He is survived by his wife, Ardena, married for over 60 years; sisters, Edith Christiansen, Elizabeth Wright and Mary Summers; daughters, Denise and husband, Tom Conley, and Roxanna Braham and husband, John Braham; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Angela, Brett, Stephen, Michaela and Madeline Wenzlick; Autumn, John, Seth, Gabriel and Thomas Beaudreault; Sean and daughter, Jasmine Conley; Alicia, Shaun, Mason and Marlie Perkins; Andrea, Calen and Baby Sonnichen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Cross Roads Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests the remembrances be sent to Cross Roads Baptist Church or a
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.