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Obituaries

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2001

Emery F. Kennedy

Juneau resident Emery F. Kennedy died Jan. 16, 2001, in Salem, Ore.

Kennedy was born May 9, 1909, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1931 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He then moved to California where he met and married Betsey Jane Steinbaugh on Feb. 2, 1940. The couple and their four children moved to Valdez in 1954 and to Juneau in 1956. In 1961, the family transferred to the Washington, D.C., area, where he worked as a safety engineer with the federal government. In 1974 he and his wife retired to Tres Piefras, N.M. In 1988 the Kennedy's returned to Juneau where they lived until moving to Salem last month.

He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Betsey, daughters Kristin Gray (and David) of Juneau and Candice Shuman of Seattle, sons Forrest Kennedy (and Kathleen) of Alexandria, Va., and Dr. Brian Kennedy (and Candace) of Salem; grandchildren Robin Gray (and Melissa) of Mystic, Conn., Holly Gray Salowey (and Joe) and Dr. Heidi Gray (and John Drezner) of Seattle, John Shuman of Portland, Ore., Eric Shuman of Bend, Ore., Cynthia Shuman of Uppsala, Sweden, Jason Kennedy (and Bethany) and Craig Kennedy of Alexandria, Va., Todd and Kevin Kennedy, both of Salem, and three grandchildren.

Private services were held Jan. 17 in Salem.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to individual charities of personal choice.

Betsey Kennedy can be contacted at 1950 45th Ave. N.E., #118, Salem, OR 97305.

John B. Hayes

Former Juneau resident Adm. John B. Hayes, 76, died Jan. 17, 2001, in Mariners Hospital in Islamorada, Fla., after being struck by a vehicle.

Hayes lived in Juneau and served as 17th Coast Guard District commander and commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard from 1978 to 1982.

He was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Jamestown, N.Y. He entered the Coast Guard Academy in 1943 and graduated in 1946 with a commission as ensign.

Hayes spent most of his Coast Guard career in command positions. During the Vietnam War he commanded Naval Task Group 115.4 and Coast Guard Squadron One in the Republic of Vietnam. He also commanded the long range navigation station in Matsumae, Japan, the Coast Guard group office in Key West, Fla., the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, and the cutters Ariadne, Sagebrush and Vigilant. Hayes returned to the Coast Guard Academy as Commandant of the Cadet Corps before his promotion to rear admiral in 1973.

Hayes led Coast Guard responses to several significant incidents including the Prinsendam rescue off the Alaska coast, the Florida Air Flight 90 crash in Washington, D.C., and the Mariel Boatlift that, at the time, was the single largest search and rescue operation in Coast Guard history.

As commandant he ordered a comprehensive roles and missions study that helped to shape the present-day Coast Guard. As a result, the service saw an extraordinary and unprecedented increase in marijuana and cocaine interdicted on the high seas.

Hayes is survived by his wife Elizabeth of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and four children.

Amey Ellen Messerschmidt

Juneau resident Amey Ellen Messerschmidt (nee Bates) died Jan. 17, 2001, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was a resident of Juneau for 74 years.

She was born Oct. 26, 1911, in The Dalles, Ore., just across the Columbia River from her family's home in White Salmon, Wash. In 1927, when she was 15, her family moved from White Salmon to Juneau. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1930.

She married George Messerschmidt, whose father Gus started the San Francisco Bakery in downtown Juneau in 1899. The family built the Messerschmidt Building, which still stands as the Silverbow Bakery, in 1914. She participated in the operation of the San Francisco Bakery (which changed to the Purity Bakery), and between 1959 and 1980 she was a partner and co-owner of the business. She also worked for the federal government in Juneau and as a homemaker.

She loved berry picking and enjoyed fishing and hiking. She was an avid reader. She belonged to the Eastern Star, Rebekahs and the Pioneers of Alaska.

She was preceded in death by her husband George G. Messerschmidt and two grandsons.

She is survived by her brother Forrest W. Bates (and Alice) of Wenatchee, Wash., sister Roberta A. Spartz (and Pat) of Anchorage, sons George H. Messerschmidt (and Dorothy) of Forks, Wash., and Donald A. Messerschmidt (and Kareen) of Katmandu, Nepal; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church, 4207 Mendenhall Loop Rd. A reception will follow.

Memorial donations are suggested to be sent to The Glory Hole, 247 S. Franklin, Juneau, AK 99801.



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