Harry A. Wilson, 89, died Dec. 16, 2012, in Stanwood, Wash. Born in Nenana in 1923, Harry was raised in Suntrana and Fairbanks. |
He was married to Beverly Noel Wilson for more than 61 years, until her death in 2007, afterwhich he moved to Stanwood to be closer to family. Bev and Harry raised their six children in Fairbanks.
After retiring, Beverly and Harry traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada for about 10 years, settling in Green Valley, Ariz., in 1993. Their last trip on the Alaska Highway to visit family in Fairbanks and Anchorage was in August 2003.
Harry served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II as an aircraft mechanic. When the war ended, he worked briefly for Wien and Northern Consolidated, then for 18 years for Alaska Airlines, all in Fairbanks.
Harry, by then, had completed a degree in business administration and worked for a few years as an accountant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He moved to doing administrative work at Bechtel Corporation during pipeline construction. When that job ended with completion of the pipeline, he went back to the university, working in accounting at the Naval Arctic Research Lab in Barrow, retiring in the early '80s.
Harry leaves four sons, Barry and Jeffrey (wife, Crickett) of Wash., Kurt of Kingman, Ariz., and Robert of Louisville, Ky.; two daughters, Niki Pennington (husband, David) of Anchorage, and Terry Wilson of Fairbanks; eight grandchildren, Zachary (wife, Madora), Trevor (wife, Michelle), Jas, and Quinn Pennington of Calif., Crystal and Blaine Wilson of Wash., and Johanna Halderman (fiance, Thor Seipel), and Faith Sharp (husband, Sam) of Fairbanks; and two great-grandsons, Dax Seipel and Gryphon Sharp, also of Fairbanks. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Isaac Halderman.
Honoring Harry's wishes, there will be no service.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 19, 2012