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Services in March for longtime resident Patty Jean Kautz

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... Full story

 

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

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... Full story

 

Former resident Peter Engwall dies in Michigan

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... Full story

 

Barbara Lee Patrick dies at 88

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... Full story

 

Public memorial for Otto Florschutz at a future date

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... Full story

 

David Roy Churchill dies at 94

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 fami... Full story

 

Harold (Har) Marshall Snoddy

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... Full story

 

Ian Carl Campbell dies at 43

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... Full story

 

Longtime resident Alice Bakke dies at 90

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 G... Full story

 

Mitchell "Mickey" Julius Prescott, May 24, 1940 - September 28, 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... Full story

 

Former resident Robert George Stokes dies at 89

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... Full story

 

Retired long-time hospital worker James Abbott dies

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... Full story

 

Former logger, fisherman Doyle Guy Sarff dies at 91

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... Full story

 

Native artist and fisherman Gary Stevens dies at 53

Gary Albert Stevens, 53, passed away in June in his Las Vegas home of natural causes. His memorial service will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Chief Shakes House on Shakes Island in Wrangell, f... Full story

 

Former resident Charles William Kangas dies at 59

Charles William Kangas passed away on May 30, in Anchorage after a short illness. He was born in Wrangell to Charles Edward and Sanra K. Kangas on Oct. 25, 1963. He graduated from Wrangell High... Full story

 

Former teacher Ron Castle dies at 89 in Idaho

Ron Castle, 89, passed away at home on June 30 in Lewiston, Idaho, after battling cancer. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 18, 1934, and was the eldest of four siblings (Marcia, Connie... Full story

 

Former resident Clint Miller was on 1952 state championship team

Former Wrangell resident Clint Owen Miller, 87, died April 27 in Sitka. He was born on Nov. 16, 1935, in Hutton Valley, Missouri, to Stanton Miller and Eva (Williams) Miller. His family lived in... Full story

 

Former long-time resident James Rinehart dies at 64

James Randolph Rinehart, 64, passed away April 23 after a prolonged illness in Yakima, Washington. James' remains will be returned to his immediate family in Alaska and a memorial is planned for a... Full story

 

Long-time resident Yvonne Matney-Case dies at 92

Yvonne Matney-Case passed away on June 3, 2023, in Wrangell. There will be a small service at a later date. Yvonne was born in Sacramento, California, on April 10, 1931, to Mary and Curt Curtis. She... Full story

 

Daisy Mae Lewis Callbreath dies at 89

Daisy Mae Lewis Callbreath passed away in Wrangell on May 29, 2023. No service is planned. The family will honor her passing privately. "Daisy spent her final days surrounded by family ones and... Full story

 

Celebration of life for Gale Glass on Saturday

A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Shoemaker Park in Wrangell. "Please bring a dish to share and if you were lucky enough to get a picture of him, please bring it," the... Full story

 

Former Wrangell resident Myra Arlene Sarber dies age 80

Myra Arlene Sarber passed with her family by her side April 14 in Sunnyside, Oregon. Myra was born the sixth child of seven in Spokane, Washington, to Thelma Irene and Faber Sebastian Wondzell. In...

 

Frank Duane Kelly dies at 86

Frank Duane Kelly, 86, of Wrangell, passed away April 30 in Wrangell after battling a long illness. He was born in North Dakota on Feb. 23, 1937. He enlisted at a young age and served four years in... Full story

 

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