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Former parks director Ron Koch dies at 72

Ronald Grant "Papa" Koch, 72, who served as Wrangell Parks and Recreation director 1986-1997, died May 4 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. In addition to his time in... Full story

 

Clinton Olds led 'positive, humorous and kind' life

Born to Les and Reita Olds in Tillamook, Oregon, on June 4, 1960, Clinton Thomas Olds was the youngest of three sons. Clint passed away on April 30, 2021, due to complications of pneumonia. He was... Full story

 

Dan Nore dies at 79; he made friends everywhere

Albert Daniel Nore, 79, of Wrangell, Alaska, peacefully passed away on April 4, 2021, at his home, surrounded by loved ones. Dan was born on Sept. 6, 1941, to Bert and Zona Nore at Bishop Rowe... Full story

 

OBITUARY: Gordon Rooney remembered for his greeting 'because, beautiful'

Gordon "Gordy" Rooney Jr., born in Yakima, Washington, on Dec. 13, 1948, passed away on Feb. 25, 2021. Gordon and his family moved to Wrangell when he was a young boy. Growing up, he was raised in... Full story

 

Janice Churchill loved hunting, fishing, and Mexico

Janice Churchill, 77, passed away Jan. 27, 2021, from complications of a stroke. She had lived in Wrangell since her family moved from Tacoma, Washington, when she was 3 years old. Churchill graduated... Full story

 

George Woodbury, an expert in all things timber

George Woodbury; Feb. 24, 1937, to Jan. 11, 2021. If there is one word to describe my dad, it is production. Dad was always busy doing something. He worked until his very last days. Up until the end... Full story

 

McAuliffe lived his rodeo dream

Jeffry "Jeff" McAuliffe, 49, born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, died unexpectedly on Jan. 16. Jeff was a bold, charismatic individual who had the uncanny ability to see the good in a person no matter how... Full story

 

Former Wrangell resident 'Puzzy' Holland dies at 101

Gerald G. "Puzzy" Holland, 101, passed away Dec. 20, 2020, at home, surrounded by loved ones, in Salem, Oregon. He was born in Calumet, Michigan, in October 1919. He was the fifth of nine children... Full story

 

Suzanne Maryella Grant Leverett dies at 80

Former Wrangell resident Suzanne Maryella Grant Leverett died Dec. 22, 2020, in Gig Harbor, Washington. She was born Oct. 28, 1940, in Wrangell, to Neil and Lillian Grant, a pioneer Wrangell family. She graduated Wrangell High School in 1958. “Suza... Full story

 

Obituary: Sig and Helen Decker

Siguard Vernon Decker (March 3, 1999 – July 27, 2020) and Helen Francis Decker (May 10, 2001 – July 27, 2020) packed more living into their short lives than most others do. While their lives... Full story

 

Obituary: Robert H. Grant, Jr., 83

Robert H. Grant, Jr., 83, a retired teacher, and longtime resident of Wrangell, died on October 21, 2020 in Wrangell, Alaska. He was born on April 19, 1937 to Robert and Catherine Grant in Dubuque,... Full story

 

Obituary: Margaret Jane ("Tiny") Hall

Margaret Jane ("Tiny") Hall, 101, died in her home in Kodiak, Alaska on October 30, 2020. She was born on June 15, 1919, in Minneapolis Minnesota, to Phyllis and Raymond Gray, and had two older sister... Full story

 

Obituary: Vera Mae Harto, 90

Vera Mae Harto, 90, died October 31, 2020 in Ritzville, Washington. She was born March 10, 1930 in Central City, Kentucky to Gladys and James Cobb, the eldest of nine children. The family moved to... Full story

 

Obituary: Lena Marshall Gillman, 70

Lena Marshall Gillman, 70, passed away November 1, 2020 in Kalispell, Montana where she lived the last 26 years. She was born September 17, 1950 in Wrangell, Alaska, where she spent her years growing...

 

Obituary: Wayne Jabusch, 74

Wayne Jabusch, 74 died November 4, 2020 due to medical complications at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington surrounded by family. Wayne was born November 16, 1945 to James and Vivian... Full story

 

Obituary: David Leroy Cummings, 73

Dave Leroy Cummings, 73 passed away at home with his family on Oct. 16, 2020. Dave had inoperable/untreatable cancer. Born in Tacoma, Washington on Sept. 8, 1947, he was the second child of Albert... Full story

 

Obituary: Harriet Ann Bangs, 63

Harriet Ann Bangs age 63, left this earth surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She was born March 23, 1956 in Sitka, Alaska. She... Full story

 

Obituary: Minnie Evangeline (Larsen) Kalkins, 88

Minnie Evangeline (Larsen) Kalkins, 88 Minnie Evangeline (Larsen) Kalkins, Yéil Tláa (raven mother), 88. a lifelong resident of Wrangell, Alaska, and member of the Tlingit Shtax'héen Kwáan... Full story

 

Obituary: Roy James Guthrie Sr, 69

Roy James Guthrie Sr. of Juneau passed away on October 10, 2020 in Wrangell after a brave and difficult battle with brain cancer. He was born on July 17, 1951 in Metlakatla. He graduated from Kayhi... Full story

 

Obituary: James Hiebert, 86

James Hiebert, 86, passed away on September 24 in Newberry, Florida. He taught his children to work and earn money also, by hiring them to help with his concrete and Chattahoochee jobs when they... Full story

 

Henrietta Fanette Hoyt née Bradley

On September 4, 2020, Henrietta "Hankie" Hoyt, cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and cousin left us as gently as she lived. She was surrounded at her passing by her children and... Full story

 

Death Notice

Edward Robert Naumann, 60, of Wrangell, Alaska, passed away on Sept. 5, 2020, at home. An obituary will be released at a later date. Due to coronavirus, no services are planned at this time.... Full story

 

Death Notice

Royann Churchill, 71, of Wrangell, Alaska passed away on September 5, 2020 at the Wrangell Medical Center. Condolences can be sent to Kathy Binkie, PO Box 1574 Haines, AK 99827, Leonard Vazquez, 932 Lindberg Ave. Alamogordo, NM 88310. An obituary... Full story

 

Death Notice

Fred P. Thruston Sr., died of a heart attack at Wrangell Medical Center on May 26, 2020. An obituary will follow and a memorial service also at some point....

 

Obituary: Colleen L. Hought, 64

Colleen L. Hought, 64, died on August 16, 2020 in Eugene, Oregon. She was born on May 2, 1956 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Lurine and Mac McGee. She grew up in Wrangell, Alaska. Dave Hought can be reached at 2374 E. Irwin, Eugene, OR 97402 The...

 

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