Lifelong Alaska resident Wilbur Skeek Sr. died Jan. 2, 2002, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.
Born in Petersburg on Oct. 9, 1931, Skeek graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He worked at the pulp mill in Sitka and moved to Hoonah in the early '60s. He worked as a purse seiner on various seine boats, then as the head plant operator for THREA. He retired from THREA in the early '80s, but continued fishing and longshoring.
He was a member of the Presbyterian church and the American Legion Post 13 in Sitka. He loved his work on the seine boats, and will be remembered for his creative pranks and good cooking.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Tessie.
He is survived by his wife Gladys, Hoonah; brother Reggie and his wife Lena, Kake; daughter Dawn Houston, Juneau; daughter Sonya Keenig, Hoonah; daughter Eleanor Croysdill, Haines; son Harold Houston, Juneau; sons Kevin and Wilbur Skeek Jr., Hoonah; several nieces and nephews, 10 grandchildren, and his adopted family the Dybdahls, Hoonah.