Ralph P. "Greywolf" Amouak, 78, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, in Anchorage.
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Ralph was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Tanana, and lived in Alaska his whole life. He has also lived in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
Ralph served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and served in the same platoon as Elvis Presley. Ralph was a teamster and an alcohol abuse counselor.
He was a master carver and learned his trade visiting many other cultures, including the Aboriginals in Australia.
Some of his items reside in the Vatican. Ralph also served as a shaman healer, teacher and loved working with all indigenous peoples. He took great pride in his Native heritage and culture.
His family said, "He was greatly loved by lots of friends and his family. He will be missed by many."
Ralph is survived by his sister, Bernice Buggey, of Fife, Wash.; son, William O. Amouak, of Salem, Ore.; daughter, Kay Wilson, of Salem, Ore.; son, William R. Amouak, of Basin, Wyo.; son, Thomas Amouak, of Basin, Wyo.; daughter, Loretta Amouak, of Fairbanks; and daughter, Cassandra Amouak-Hale, of Seattle.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Olga Amouak; sisters, Pauline Cornell, Lucy Savela and Agnes Pratt; brother, Franklin Amouak, as well as seven siblings in the 1939 influenza outbreak; son, Jeremy Ralph Amouak; and grandson, Zach Sharlow.
A celebration of life with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 1030 Second Ave. in Fairbanks, with Rev. Scott Fisher officiating. A potlatch will follow at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 23, 2013