John A. Abshire

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wasilla resident John A. Abshire, 82, died Jan. 20, 2011, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

A potluck gathering to share memories will be held Feb. 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Admiral’s Place, 9350 Independence Drive in Anchorage.

John was born May 17, 1928, in San Antonio, Texas. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, He came to Alaska in 1954, and resided in Anchorage and Douglas prior to living in Wasilla. He worked as a Local 751 ironworker in the construction industry. From 1976 until 1986 he was chosen by the membership of Iron Workers Local 751 to serve as business manager. From 1986 until 1989 he was employed by Jermain, Dunnagan & Owens, Attorneys at Law. From 1989 until 1995 he was Deputy Commissioner of Labor for the state of Alaska, and from 1996 until 2003 he served on the Alaska Workers Compensation Board.

His family said: “Throughout his career, John was in every respect a tireless advocate for the dignity and needs of the working people of Alaska.”

Survivors are his wife Kris Abshire; daughter Alyson Belle Bybee of Anchorage; granddaughters Fawn Morgan and Holly Macaras of Bellingham, Wash.; grandson Chance Dean Bybee of Wasilla; and stepson Patrick Robertson of Las Vegas.

Memorial donations are encouraged to Iron Workers Local 751 Apprenticeship Training Program, a non-profit organization.

Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory of Wasilla.

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