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Services to be held for Newman brothers Thursday and Saturday

UAS community, family plan remembrances

Posted: November 27, 2012 - 5:41pm  |  Updated: November 28, 2012 - 12:03am

Two celebration of life services are planned for Juneau brothers Casey and Kelly Newman, ages 26 and 23, who died last Friday in a boating accident in Tenakee Springs.

The first will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Noyes Pavilion at the University of Alaska Southeast, where one of the brothers attended school. The family plans a celebration of life this weekend in a waterfront restaurant.

Katie Bausler, UAS’s public relations director, said Casey Newman was a student at the university. Bausler said the campus service is being organized by one of Casey’s teachers, Sol Neely, an assistant professor of English.

Bausler said the service will be an opportunity for students to share stories and memories of the brothers.

The brothers died Friday evening when a wave went over the stern of their boat and caused it to capsize. A third person aboard, Jim Brown Jr., survived and made it to shore.

The brothers were recovered after a search and rescue effort but could not be revived.

Tenakee Springs residents, the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and members of SEADOGS (Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search) assisted in the search and rescue and recovery efforts.

The Newman brothers are the sons of Joe Newman and Nancy Davis.

The family will host their celebration of life service at the Twisted Fish on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m.

They asked attendees to bring a dish and stories to share.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Casey and Kelly Newman Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo to establish a scholarship at Eaglecrest.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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