Eugene Williams

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011

Eugene Williams of Juneau, Sitka and Seattle died Dec. 31, 2010 in Seattle.

He celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 28, 2010 with his family in Seattle.

Gene was given his great grandfather’s Tlingit name, Ayaank’I, by his grandmother, Sally Hopkins. He was a member of the Eagle moiety, a member of the Wooshkeetaan clan of Aak’w Kwaan. His father, James Williams, was from Sitka, of the Raven moiety, Kiksadi clan.

Gene graduated from Sitka’s Sheldon Jackson School and attended college in Ellensburg, Wash. He worked several jobs in Alaska before he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He returned to Sitka and started working for the U.S. Public

Health Service. He was transferred to Anchorage, then back to Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka, and finally to Seattle, where he worked with street and prison ministries. His family wrote he was a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ who eventually became a prison chaplain for Seattle’s King County Jail.

He met his wife, Carleen, at church, married her and had a son, Jonathan (Jean).

Gene was preceded in death by his father James Williams and his wife Flora Williams; sister Juanita Sanborn; extended family George, Clarence, Wilfred Dick and Eleanor Thomas; his mother, Mamie Bacon; brother, Rev. Thomas D. Williams; sister, Legia Nefzger; William N. Dick of Hoonah.

Gene is survived by his loving wife Carleen and son Jonathan (Jean). In Anchorage he is survived by sister, Sylvia Carlsson, Richard Williams, and James S. Williams. In Sitka he is survived by sister, Marta Ryman. In Juneau, Gene is survived by sisters Marie Olson and extended family, Carol Trebian and a brother Marcus Bacon of Eau Claire, Wis.

Memorial services were held Jan. 8 in Seattle. Remembrance cards may be sent to Marta Ryman, P.O. Box 1032, Sitka, AK 99835, and Marie Olson, P.O. Box 33557, Juneau, AK 99803.

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