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  • Former resident Lyle Bennett dies at 76

    Jul 3, 2024

    Lyle F. Bennett lost his battle with lung disease on June 19, 2024. He was born April 3, 1948, to Farrell and Alda Bennett. Though he was born in Vancouver, Washington, "he was a lifelong Alaskan." Lyle enjoyed many ventures during his lifetime, including drilling rock on Three Lakes Loop Road south of Petersburg, as owner/operator of Petersburg Art Gallery, as well as 30-plus years of owning and operating vending machines. He lived in Wrangell for a few years, about 35 years ago, working at the...

  • Celebration of life July 12 for longtime resident John Church

    Jun 19, 2024

    Longtime Wrangell resident John Church, 72, "skipper of the mighty Corvus, lover of music, birds, elaborate knots and puzzles, dear friend to so many with his kind heart, sharp intellect and dry humor," died peacefully from prostate cancer surrounded by loved ones and banjo music on May 5, 2024, in Port Townsend, Washington. There will be a memorial and celebration of life for John from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Shoemaker Bay picnic shelter, with a potluck, grilling, music, singing and sha...

  • Suzanne "Suzie" Byford (Michal)

    May 15, 2024

  • Former resident Arnold R. Sandness dies at 89

    May 8, 2024

    Arnold "Arnie" R. Sandness, 89, passed away on March 23, 2024. His celebration of life was held April 25 in Sun City West Christian Church, Sun City West, Arizona. Arnie was born on Aug. 28, 1934, in Bellingham, Washington, to John and Randi Sandness. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1952, while serving in the Army reserves before attending Western Washington State College of Education. He served in the Naval Reserve Combat Battalion in Bremerton from 1953-1957. He was a mechanical...

  • Brian Hernando Fennimore dies at 53

    Apr 17, 2024

    Brian Hernando Fennimore, 53, passed away on March 14, 2024, in Wrangell after suffering from brain cancer. Brian was born on June 16, 1970, in Seattle. He grew up in Wrangell and was a 1988 graduate of Wrangell High School. After graduating from high school, Brian attended Clover Park Technical School in Tacoma, Washington; Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon; and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Brian studied video/audio production at KTOO in Juneau and KTVA in Anchorage. Brian's...

  • Steven Brian Gerard dies at 54

    Apr 17, 2024

    Steven Brian Gerard, of Wrangell, died unexpectedly on Feb. 20, 2024. The family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at City Park in Wrangell. "We ask those attending to write a short story of a happy memory with or of Steven to read at the event," the family wrote. Steven was born to Arnold and Marilyn Gerard on May 8, 1969, in Watsonville, California. He was the fourth of five children. He attended Thunderbird...

  • Former resident David Michael Saunders Sr. dies at 66

    Apr 10, 2024

    David Michael "Mike" Saunders Sr. was born to Lee and Marie Saunders in Stockton, California, on July 7, 1957. He passed peacefully on Oct. 9, 2023, in Olympia, Washington. The family appreciates the heartfelt condolences and will hold a service at a later date. In 1967, Mike and his two older siblings, Cathy and Terry, and their parents relocated from Stockton to Wrangell to fulfill his father's dream of living in the land of opportunity, "where one could fish and hunt until one's cup runneth...

  • Former resident Kim Tyner (House) dies at 72

    Mar 6, 2024

    Kim Tyner (House) passed away unexpectedly in Sisters, Oregon, on Feb. 17, 2024. "Her absence leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of the countless people she touched," her family wrote. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Kim was born July 25, 1951, in Wrangell to Donald and Margaret House. "She was a restless spirit right from the get-go. To the horror of her father, she bought a Honda 90 motorcycle as soon as she was old enough. Later, she sold it and acquired a 150...

  • Veteran and former KSTK radio host Jack Pino dies at 72

    Feb 28, 2024

    Jacobus "Jack" Pino, 72, passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2024, in Wrangell. No funeral or memorial services are planned. Jack was born in Gouda, Netherlands, on June 1, 1951. "Jack as bigger than life, he had a wicked sense of humor and a quick wit. He was adventurous and a force to be reckoned with. He always told you the truth, even if it was not what you wanted to hear. His vocabulary was more than highly proficient at curse words. He loved four-letter words as much as he loved his bacon...

  • Former resident Robert James Shilts dies at 87

    Feb 28, 2024

    Robert James "Snuffy" Shilts Sr., 87, passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2024, at home surrounded by family in Ketchikan. No memorial services are planned. Born Dec. 28, 1936, in Greenville, California, to Edith and Robert Shilts, Snuffy was the second youngest of eight children. He attended high school and played football for the Bandon Tigers in coastal Oregon. Fast cars, hunting, fishing and logging were his passions. He met and eventually married Louise Marie Wenzel on May 23, 1964, at the...

  • Services in March for longtime resident Patty Jean Kautz

    Feb 14, 2024

    Patty Jean Kautz passed away on Jan. 7, 2024. She was 80 years ago. Patty was born Jan. 29, 1943. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. March 23 at the Marine Bar. Patty owned and operated the Marine Bar for 41 years. She is survived by husband Bruce Kautz; sister Darlene Kenner (Dewight); sons Van Dunbar and Jason Dunbar; daughters Rhonda Dunbar and Terri McGee; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren....

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  • Longtime Wrangell resident Doreen 'Stretch' Gale Keso dies at 84

    Jan 24, 2024

    Longtime Wrangell resident Doreen "Stretch" Gale Keso (Ellingson), 84, passed away on Jan. 7, 2024, in Anchorage, where she had resided since February 2021. Stretch was an Alaska pioneer, living in Wrangell for more than 60 years. A celebration of life will be held this summer in Wrangell. The date, time and place will be announced at a later date. Honoring her wishes, burial will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Coquille, Oregon, at the family plot. She was born in Coquille, Oregon, to Ira Denton...

  • Former resident Peter Engwall dies in Michigan

    Jan 24, 2024

    Peter Engwall, a former Wrangell resident and a member of the Big Rapids High School Class of 1969 in Big Rapids, Michigan, died Feb. 17, 2023, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. After graduation, Peter eventually made his home in Wrangell, where among other occupations he worked for many years as a salvage diver. He was well known in the community and often led the annual Fourth of July parade through town. “Peter will be remembered as a lifelong traveler and seeker of unusual adventures that included a canoe trip down the Yukon River, a year spent s...

  • Jan 3, 2024

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  • Barbara Lee Patrick dies at 88

    Dec 20, 2023

    Barbara Lee Patrick passed away on Dec. 4, 2023, at the age of 88 in Monroe, Washington. Barbara graduated from Wrangell High School in 1954. She married Russell Theodore Patrick on Nov. 3, 1956, at the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. She attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, for a year and a half and then attended business college in Seattle. She and Russell made their first home together in Madras, Oregon. They moved back to Wrangell in the late 1950s, where she worked...

  • Public memorial for Otto Florschutz at a future date

    Dec 13, 2023

    Otto Heinz Florschutz III, 65, a nearly 40-year resident of Wrangell, departed mortality on Nov. 20, 2023. A private service will be held for the family, with a public memorial to be announced at a later date. Otto was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 4, 1958. He graduated from Washington High School in North Carolina before attending Beaufort County Community College in North Carolina to become a machinist - work that he continued to enjoy throughout his life. Bitten by wanderlust, Otto...

  • David Roy Churchill dies at 94

    Dec 13, 2023

    David Roy Churchill passed away on Dec. 3, 2023, at the age of 94 in Wrangell. A graveside service will be held at the Sunset Gardens Cemetery Columbarium at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. "All of his family and friends are welcome to attend," his family wrote. David Roy Churchill was born on April 8, 1929, to Mary and Frank Churchill in Wrangell. David graduated from Wrangell High School in 1948. He then went to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. The Korean War was on, so David and his broth...

  • Harold (Har) Marshall Snoddy

    Dec 13, 2023

    On Dec. 1, Wrangell lost our special brother-in-law, close friend, fishing buddy and military hero. As Har would have said, “It’s time to go.” At the age of 82, it was time to rest and join his loving wife, Carol, with the angels. Born in Oregon to Betty May (Truxall) and Hubert Texas Snoddy, Harold Marshall attended the public school system while spending extensive time in the outdoors, hunting, which would have a major impact on coming home safe and sound later in life. In 1963, he moved...

  • Ian Carl Campbell dies at 43

    Nov 29, 2023

    Ian Carl Campbell passed away on Aug. 25, 2023, in Spokane, Washington. A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will be held in the spring of 2024. Everyone is welcome to honor his memory. Ian was born on March 10, 1980. "In heartfelt remembrance of Ian Carl Campbell, who passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023," his family wrote. "Ian's untimely departure has left a void that can never be filled, and the sorrow of his absence will forever linger by those who knew him and loved...

  • Longtime resident Alice Bakke dies at 90

    Nov 15, 2023

    Alice Bakke, 90, passed away on Oct. 31, 2023. A graveside service will be held at the Sunset Garden Cemetery at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, with a celebration of life to follow at the Elks Lodge. Alice Gloria Camenzind was born on Aug. 14, 1933, to Edward Camenzind and Julia Larsen in San Mateo, California. At a young age, Alice and her mother relocated to Wrangell, where Julia married Hans Nergaard. Julia and Hans added two more children to their family, Marie Nergaard (Johnson) and Carol Nergaard...

  • Mitchell "Mickey" Julius Prescott, May 24, 1940 - September 28, 2023

    Oct 11, 2023

    Mickey Prescott has gone fishing. Mitchell "Mickey" Julius Prescott was born on May 24, 1940, and died in Wrangell at his fish camp, Mickey's Fish Camp, on Sept. 28, 2023. He was 83 years old. Mickey was born in Everett, Washington, to Wrangellites Ralph and Edith Prescott (Johnson). Mickey is survived by his favorite sister, Mercedes Angerman, and his seven adult children: Joy Prescott (Ed Bruns), Vivian Prescott (Howie Martindale), Tracey Martin Prescott (Dennis Martin), Vincent Prescott...

  • Former resident Robert George Stokes dies at 89

    Sep 13, 2023

    The family held a service for former Wrangell resident Robert "Bobby" George Stokes at the Harbor Light Church on Aug. 25. Burial followed at Sunset Gardens. Bobby passed away on July 23, 2020, at age 89, in Everett, Washington, due to natural causes. He was born at the Wrangell Bishop Rowe Hospital to Jack and Lillian Stokes on July 31, 1930. Jack was an Irishman from Revelstoke, British Columbia. Lillian was born in Douglas, across the channel from Juneau, and was a Tlingit of the Luknax.adi....

  • Retired long-time hospital worker James Abbott dies

    Aug 23, 2023

    James "Jim" Wellington Abbott passed away at age 83 on Aug. 15 in Wrangell. A celebration of life will be held at the Harbor Light Assembly of God Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, with a reception to follow from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to Arnoldine E. and Emmett W. Abbott. He and his parents resided in Greenfield, Iowa, where Jim attended elementary school and graduated from high school. After graduation, Jim attended the University of Oklahoma...

  • Former logger, fisherman Doyle Guy Sarff dies at 91

    Aug 23, 2023

    Doyle Guy Sarff left his earthly home on Aug. 7. He was born in Browerville, Minnesota, on Oct. 20, 1931, to Marvin and Rosamond Aldrich Sarff, and was the youngest of nine siblings. Pre-World War II, the family would eventually make their way west, first to Idaho and then to Oregon. As a young man, Doyle found himself in northern Idaho and eastern Washington and met Delores Dougherty. They married on Dec. 20, 1952, "creating a loving and lasting marriage," the family wrote. The couple had one...

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