Gary Eilers

  • "I am so sorry for your loss.This is truly a difficult time..."
  • "My Dad, Papa, Jack Powell and I have been friends with..."
    - Cindi Harris
  • "I was a Sgt with Sitka PD when Gary returned there and..."
    - Patrick Partridge
  • "Gary was my uncle, I stayed with him when he was police..."
    - Kurt Eilers, jr
  • "If you know someone who knows Chief E send this too them. ..."
    - Javier Santos

King Cove resident Gary K. Eilers, 68, died April 16, 2009, in Spokane, Wash. He was born April 30, 1940, to Bernice and Ray Eilers in Milwaukee, Wis. When he was 5 years old, he and his mother moved to Ketchikan, where they lived through his teenage years. Gary worked as a fisherman on the Rio Grande with local skipper Spike Murphy. He then decided to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1959. Gary served until the end of 1960 and returned to Alaska to continue his career with police work in the City of Wrangell and honorably worked his way through the ranks, accepting his first chief of police position for the City of Palmer in 1971. He also worked in other cities including Sitka, Seward, Bethel and Klawock. After more than 30 years of dedicated service, he retired in 2005 from his most beloved City of King Cove. Family wrote: "Gary will be remembered for many reasons, but mostly for his kind heart, passionate eyes, and his cowboy way. "My heroes have always been cowboys; we will miss Chief always. " 'The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.' Psalms 29:9." He is survived by his daughter, Erica and her three daughters, Hanna, Morgan and Lexy; and his son, Lance and his two sons, Colton and Carter.


Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 28 to June 30, 2009