Bruce Sookiayak

  • "He was a good uncle. We had our fun moments and he was fun..."
    - Edward Hammons II
  • "Mike, Gracie and I are very sorry for your loss. We are..."
    - Sonya Rios
  • "Our prayers and thoughts are with you and courtney, i think..."
    - Lance Sampson
  • "My prayers to you and your Family. Sorry for your loss."
    - Crystal Jackson
  • "Sorry to hear of your loss, may God comfort and keep you..."
    - Eleanor (Dotomain) Oliveri

Bruce Alan Sookiayak, 39, died peacefully in his sleep Aug. 25, 2009, in Shaktoolik. A service and burial will be held in Shaktoolik. He was born July 16, 1970, in Kotzebue to Carole Sookiayak and Lester Keller. He was adopted by his maternal grandparents, Alex and Clara Sookiayak. He was a very hard worker and had many jobs in which he excelled, including crabbing and long-lining in the Bering Sea, commercial salmon and herring fishing in Norton Sound, and as an ironworker, pipefitter and plumber's helper. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and snowmachining, but his proudest achievement and the joy of his life was his daughter, Courtney. He is survived by his wife, Marie Hammons; daughter, Courtney Ann; mom, Clara; father, Lester and wife Sandy Keller; sisters, Hannah and Steve Long, Carole, Clara Mae Sagoonick, and Ellen and husband Joe Katchatag; brother, Harvey and wife Arlene Sookiayak; half-brothers, Vem Harvey, Joshua Keller and Jason Marks; half-sisters, Joannie Edwardson and Lori and Hattie Keller; mother-in-law, Virginia Hammons; brothers-in-law, Thomas Sampson, Morris Hammons, Edward Hammons and Gary Hammons; sisters-in-law, Ellen Nashalook, and Carrie and Clarence Katchatag Jr.; goddaughter, Gracie Rios; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dad, Alex; sister, Emma Sampson; brother, Morris Sookiayak; half-brother, Gregory Keller; nephews, Gus Sagoonick and Teni Sagoonick; and father-in-law, Louis Hammons.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2009