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Willy Eyon, who helped build Wrangell, dies at 91

Willy Eyon passed away on Oct. 31, 2021, at the Wrangell Medical Center long-term care facility at the age of 91. Born in Wrangell on Sept. 27, 1930, Willy would go on to graduate from Wrangell High... Full story


Native leader Gilbert Gunderson dies at 91

Gilbert Gunderson passed away on Dec. 22, 2021. He was born June 24, 1930, in Wrangell on Shakes Island, as was his sister Nellie Torgramsen, to Margaret Shakes and Gunnar Gunderson. Their... Full story


Chuck Helland leaves 38 years of Wrangell family and friends

Clarence "Chuck" E. Helland died Dec. 6 at Wrangell Medical Center. He was 82 years old. "Cancer came back and it took over quickly," the family wrote. He was born April 28, 1939, to Joseph and Leah... Full story


Avid gardener Leona Davidson dies at 86

Leona Kohler Davidson, a 15-year resident of Wrangell, died Nov. 22, at age 86. She was born May 30, 1935, to Leo James Kohler and Delia Nikolai, in Talkeetna. Davidson moved to Wrangell in 2006... Full story


Former resident Warren Powers dies at 85

Former Wrangell resident Warren Deville Powers Jr., 85, passed away Dec. 3 in Azle, Texas. Powers was born in Seattle on Dec. 4, 1935, to Warren D. and Isabelle Powers Sr. He grew up in Wrangell,... Full story


Mark Seimears dies at 65; arrived by riverboat in 1960

After a courageous four-year battle with cancer, Mark Dwayne Seimears passed away on Nov. 26, 2021, in Wrangell, at age 65. Mark was born on Feb. 20, 1956, in Everett, Washington, to Margaret and... Full story


Linda Jack moved to Wrangell on her anniversary 49 years ago

Linda Sue Jack, 71, a 49-year resident of the community, died Nov. 25 at Wrangell Medical Center. She and her husband, David Jack, moved from Oklahoma and arrived in Wrangell on Nov. 19, 1972 - on... Full story


Bob Wickman remembered for his laugh and compassion

"It is with great sorrow that we share the death of Robert Wickman III, 58, on Sept. 21, 2021, in Anchorage, from complications of COVID-19," his family wrote. "A resident of Ketchikan, he was... Full story


Lester Schultz celebration of life Nov. 14

Long-time Wrangell resident Lester Allan Schultz, 60, died Oct. 23 at the Wrangell Medical Center. A memorial service and celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Elks. The event is a... Full story


Leonard Angerman remembered for his wit, smiles and stories

Leonard Charles Angerman was born at home June 12, 1935, and died Sept. 22, 2021, at Wrangell Medical Center. "His 86 years were full of bumps and obstacles, which he met with courage, hope and a... Full story


Former resident Cita Laws dies at age 76

Former Wrangell resident Pacita "Cita" Laws, 76, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 29, in Hemet, California, surrounded by her family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,... Full story


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


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