Samuel Hanlon Sr.

Samuel Hanlon Sr., S’tu wut it’l geh, clan leader of the Woosh Kee Taan, died Oct. 31, 2011 surrounded by family and friends in Hoonah.

He was born in Excursion Inlet in 1926. Hanlon was a lifetime fisherman and boat captain. He also was a bronc operator. He hunted, fished and gathered food for his uncles and family. He collected rifles and reloaded ammunition. He helped build the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall (where he was a lifetime member) in Hoonah, the United Pentecostal Church (which he attended) and his own house. He was also an honorary professor and Gold Medal basketball fan.

Hanlon is survived by his wife of 64 years, Katherine Hanlon; sister Cecelia Unick; children Sam Hanlon Jr. of Seattle, Cynthia Creekpaum of Juneau, Ernestine (Tom) Hanlon-Abel of Hoonah, Audrey (Maurice) Ebarb of Anchorage, Steve Hanlon of Juneau, Laverne Hanlon of Hoonah and Marilyn (Paul) Boggs of Goodyear, Ariz. He is also survived by many other family members.

He completed the eighth grade at the territory school in Hoonah.

Services will be at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Hoonah ANB Hall. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, also at the Hoonah ANB Hall.

A full obituary will follow.

Ralph Knudson Sr.

Ralph Knudson Sr. died Nov. 1, 2011. He was 80.

He attended the Wrangell Institute and Mt. Edgecumbe High School. He worked as a commercial fisherman and as a foreman for Bureau of Indian Affairs road construction.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Harriet Knudson, eight children and many other family members.

Services are scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall at the Andrew Hope Building, 320 West Willoughby Ave.

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