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Wilma Elizabeth Stokes

Survivors include daughters Becky (Gary) Koenig, Loretta Crockett, Donna McKay, Wilma Stokes-Leslie, Heidi (Mark) Armstrong; 21 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great... Full story

 

Wilma Elizabeth Stokes

Wilma, 92, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2021, surrounded by her family. Wilma was born to David and Rebecca Churchill on June 25, 1928, in Craig, Alaska, Prince of Whales Island. She was the... Full story

 

Lucille Merrill, 'always the explorer,' dies at 85

Lucille Margaret Merrill, age 85, passed away at Providence Hospital in Anchorage on July 21. Lucille was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1935. It wasn't long before her adventurous family took on a pr... Full story

 

Bill Churchill services set for Saturday

Services for William I. Churchill will be held Saturday. Churchill, 88, a lifelong Wrangell resident, died July 8. Graveside services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at the old cemetery, with a memorial potluck to follow at 3 p.m. at the American... Full story

 

Clayton Wyatt Smalley

Clayton died suddenly in his home of 45+ years in Coffman Cove, Alaska. He was born in Santa Barbara, CA, and shortly after birth moved to Alaska when his mother, Marcella Smalley "Opheim," returned h... Full story

 

Pilot, boat captain Chuck Traylor dies at 86

Longtime Wrangell resident Chuck Traylor, 86, died July 13 at Wrangell Medical Center. As Chuck would say, he had a good run, his family wrote. He was born in Nebraska in 1934, and his family was in... Full story

 

Tugboat captain, carver Bill Churchill dies at 88

William Irving Churchill, "Uncle Bill," 88, passed away July 8 in Wrangell, where he was born in September 1932. Bill led a full and wonderful life, served in the U.S. Navy, was a member and... Full story

 

Service for Frank Teague on July 27

"It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Edward Franklin Teague, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away in Bend, Oregon, surrounded by family, on June 6,... Full story

 

Bill Churchill dies at 88

William I. “Bill” Churchill Sr. died July 8 at the Wrangell Medical Center. The lifelong Wrangell resident was 88 years old. He had worked as a tugboat captain, and was well known for his carving and Native artwork. A memorial service is planned... Full story

 

Ted Case celebration of life Friday

Theodore Ira Case, better known as Ted Case, has died at the age of 94. He was born Oct. 25, 1926, and died June 18, 2021. He was born in Pe Ell, west of Chehalis, Washington, and after finishing... Full story

 

Kalkins celebration of life Saturday

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life of Minnie Evangeline (Larsen) Kalkins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall. Food donations may be dropped off at 3 p.m. She died... Full story

 

Edward 'Frank' Teague dies at 87

Edward “Frank” Teague, 87, of Wrangell, passed away on June 6, 2021, in Bend, Oregon. An obituary will be published at a later date. A memorial is being planned, but not finalized at this time. The retired fisherman lived in Wrangell, moving to... Full story

 

Steve Urata excelled in school and in life

Stephen Dale Urata, 69, died May 24 in Anchorage. Steve was born on Oct. 8, 1951, in Wrangell. He was the second son born to Jack Ichiro and Ann Haruco Urata. He is survived by his older brother Jack... Full story

 

Joanne Roberts 'lived a colorful life'

Joanne J. Roberts, a 27-year Wrangell resident, died May 13 at the SouthEast Regional Health Consortium's Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center. She was 74, and died of pulmonary disease, her family said.... Full story

 

Former resident Gina Smalley dies of COVID

Gina Rose Smalley, 52, died at her home in Chehalis, Washington, April 9. The cause was COVID-19, the family reports. Born on Feb. 9, 1969, in Ketchikan, Gina later moved to Wrangell, where she... Full story

 

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

 

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