James Elmer Willman


Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2005

Former Juneau resident James Elmer Willman, 80, died Dec. 24, 2004, in Kelso, Wash.

He was born on April 18, 1924, in Saskatchewan, Canada, to George and Isabelle Willman.

He married Margaret Hanson on Sept. 25, 1948, and he and his family arrived in Alaska in 1957. They lived in Hollis on Prince of Wales Island, then lived in Juneau and Skagway from 1959 to 1962 and settled in Juneau from 1965 through 2001. He served in the United States Army and was retired from the State of Alaska and the Operating Engineers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Margaret; his children, James, Jeanine and Steven; his brothers, Roy, Art, George, Louie and Dwain; and his sisters, Wilma, LillyBelle and Elsie.

He is survived by his wife, Zosima Willman; his daughters, Kathleen (Jim) Wakefield, and Teresa (Tom) Narvaez; grandchildren, Jess and Zachary Wakefield and Tom, Marcus and Veronica Narvaez, all of Juneau; sisters, Myrtle Mies of Kelso, Irene Mathison of Castle Rock, Wash., and Mary Carson of Sterling, Mich.; brother, Glenn Willman of Kelso; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 9, 2005, in Kelso.

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