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Dan Nore dies at 79; he made friends everywhere


April 15, 2021

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 Hospital in Wrangell. During his early years the family spent summers grazing cattle for the family business, Nore's Dairy, on Nore Island (Sergief Island) on the Stikine River delta. In the fall they would load up the cattle and head back to town for the winter.

Dan's lifelong love of commercial fishing began when he was a teenager, fishing with his dad. He graduated from Wrangell High School in 1959, and continued fishing until he was drafted into the Army, beginning at Fort Richardson, Alaska, in February 1964, and honorably discharged into the U.S. Army Reserve from Fort Lewis, Washington, two years later.

While in the Army, Dan met his wife Twyla. They were married in Seattle in 1966, and soon after moved back to Dan's hometown of Wrangell, where they went on to have four children. Dan worked for the local sawmill, Wrangell Lumber Co., until he retired after 20 years. He spent the rest of his working life commercial fishing on the Staci N. His wife and children often joined him and fond memories were made.

Dan also enjoyed fishing for subsistence and sport, whether it was salmon, halibut, shrimp, hooligan, crab or clam digging. He was always eager to take his grandkids derby fishing. He liked to bring relatives and visitors on his boat so they could experience their first time fishing in Alaska.

When he wasn't fishing, Dan loved to run the river. He spent many weekends with his buddies and family at Dean Phillips' cabin on Farm Island, tending the garden at Stan Livingston's property, and hunting for deer and moose. In his later years he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing solitaire and cooking. He also enjoyed working on projects in his basement, where he processed fish, built subsistence fishing nets, and made ice candles and small wooden boats.

Dan was probably most known for being a conversationalist. He made connections and friends everywhere he went, whether it was another town or just the grocery store. He enjoyed visiting with his children and siblings on the phone, and never went a day without a phone call to at least one of them, sometimes all of them in one day. He also enjoyed visiting with his friends and fishing comrades at the local coffee shop.

Dan was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Nore; mother, Zona Nore; and father, Bert Nore.

He is survived by his wife, Twyla Nore; daughter, Lynda Nore (Steve Thomassen), grandchildren, Tanner and Cody Thomassen, and great grandchild, Wyatt Thomassen; son, Daniel (Carlene) Nore, grandchildren, Damien Grant, Colby (Colbe) Sanders, and Daniel Nore, and great grandchildren Thaine King Sanders; daughter Staci (Erik) Dilg and grandson Connor Dilg; and daughter Kristy (Brett) Woodbury and grandchildren, Jimmy and Paige Baggen and Stuart Woodbury; brothers Tom (Linda) Nore and Iver (Diana) Nore; and sister Gail (Ed) Rilatos.

A memorial service will be held at the Wrangell American Legion Hall at 1 p.m. May 15, 2021, with a reception to follow.


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