James Raymond "Jim" Albright (1931 - 2018)

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James Raymond "Jim" Albright, 87, passed away at his Kenai home on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Jim was born in Marion, Indiana, on April 18, 1931, to Effie and Ray Albright, the youngest of five children and the only son. He joined the Army at age 16, becoming a paratrooper, later a paratrooper instructor in Japan, during the Korean War. Jim came to Anchorage in 1954 and was assigned to the Army's Alaska Communication System (ACS). He met his first wife, Velma Yenney, at this time. After their marriage he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but later returned to Fort Richardson for several years. Further assignments included Boise, Idaho, France and Germany. He retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant in 1968, then he and Velma and their children returned to Anchorage. Jim then began working at the Alaska Railroad office and later with the Civil Service at Fort Richardson. He began a career in real estate in the 1970s, starting at Skyway Realty, when he met his second wife, Durenda, and they were later blessed with a son. His final place of employment was Remax of Anchorage. Jim moved to Kenai in his later years to be near his daughter Suzanne Phillips and her family.

Jim was proud of his Army service and his real estate career and amazed friends and family with the precise details he could recall from his working life. He loved to fish, spending time on his boat, the "Amy J," during the Seward Silver Salmon Derby and also fished for rainbows in Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula lakes. "Papa Jim" was known for his love of pranks and humor, as well as his original fudge recipe. He encouraged his children to be the best that they could be and he is dearly missed.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Effie and Ray Albright, sisters; Louise Kerschner, Margaret Small, Joanne Beutle and Vivian DeHoff and daughter Amy Jean Martin. He is survived by wife Marcia Newman Albright, daughters Pamela (Andy) Renkert of Anchorage, and Suzanne (Craig) Phillips of Kenai as well as his sons Michael (Laura) Albright of Chugiak, Patrick (Clorese) Albright of Homer, Daniel Albright of Anchorage and Jonathan Albright of NYC, NY. Jim had twelve grandchildren; Noelle (Beau) Miller of Kenai, Lindsay (Andrew) Rexford of Anchorage, Heidi (Tommy) Tomerdle of Soldotna, Jared (Adell) Albright of Chugiak, Thomas (Jill) Renkert of Boston, Mass., James L. (Michelle) Albright of Anchorage, Benjamin (Angel) Phillips of Anchorage, Nicholas (Alecia) Martin of Grants Pass, Ore., Julie (Zack) Dunlap of Anchorage, Colter Martin of Juneau, and Alyssa and Shianne Albright of Anchorage. He also left seven great-grandchildren; Maya Montague, Seylor and Leroy Tomerdle, Ben and Miracle Phillips all of the Kenai and Soldotna area and brothers Owen and Joel Albright of Chugiak. Don Hale of Wasilla is his dear friend.

The family invites donations in Jim's name to AmVets Post 4, 42126 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna, AK 99699. Special thanks to Dr. William Kelley and staff and Jim's caregiver Christopher Work for their wonderful care during Jim's illness.

A family celebration of life is planned for a later date. When you think of Jim, have some of his basic food group - chocolate!
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 14, 2018
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