Leo Morgan

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Aniak resident, Leo Joseph Morgan, 61, died Aug. 7, 2010, of congestive heart failure.

An Anchorage service will be held at 9 a.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. The Rev. Thomas Gallagher will officiate. The funeral will be in Aniak at 2 p.m. Friday. Leo will be laid to rest at his father's Native allotment.

Leo was born in a tent at Kalskag on Aug.16, 1948. He graduated from Copper Valley High School in 1967. A Vietnam veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy (1967-71). He studied at UAA and worked for the state food stamp office in Eagle River in the early 1970s, then 10 years at the Aniak Division of Family and Youth Services. He worked for Kuskokwim Native Association (1982-98) as executive director, then went on to become CEO of the Alaska Native Health Board for two years. Leo served on the Aniak City Council, Aniak Traditional Council, St. Theresa's Catholic Church Parish Council, Kuskokwim Unit 19 Moose Planning Committee, Interior Rivers State Fair, 15 years on the Kuspuk School Board, and was a founding father of The Kuskokwim Corporation, serving on the board of directors, mostly as chairman, since 1979. He enjoyed all activities associated with living a traditional lifestyle along the Kuskokwim River.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Nancy Morgan; grandparents, Michael and Agnes Passamika and George and Mary Josephine Morgan.

He is survived by his wife, Edith; aunties, Theresa Parent, Maggie Nicholai, Clara Morgan, Mary Passamika, Theresa Morgan, Winifred Pitka, Theresa Alexie, Mary Ann Vaska, and Irene Passamika; uncle Paul Passamika; sisters, Francine and Barbara; brothers Carl (Angie), Leonard (Nancy), Jimmy, Billy (Twinks), Walter, Nicky (Beverly), Harry, Wayne (Martha), Bruce (Okie) and Dan (Jane) Gusauskas; children, Robert Morgan (Helen Alexie), Michelle (Bradley) Ayers; and grandchildren, Sean and Melissa Ward, Leo R. Morgan and Gabriel Ayers; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Leo requested donations be made in his memory to the Kuskokwim Educational Foundation, 4300 B St., Anchorage 99503; www.kuskokwim.com.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel; www.janssenfuneralhomes.com

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 10 to Aug. 11, 2010
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