Raymond Thiemeyer

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Juneau resident Raymond Clarence Thiemeyer, 64, died of cancer Jan. 28, 2004, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

He was born Dec. 29, 1939, in Juneau to Helen (Alberts) and William Thiemeyer Sr. He was Kaagwaantaan of Wolf House, grandchild of T'enadi Dog Salmon Clan. He moved to Sitka to attend Mt. Edgecumbe High School, graduating in 1960. He worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and then at the Alaska Pulp Corp. mill until moving to Juneau in 1982. In Juneau, he fished and was a restaurant worker. He served in the Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge Dec. 6, 1966, and was a sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserves, receiving an honorable discharge Nov. 30, 1967.

He was a member of American Legion Post 13, Alaska Native Brotherhood, Central Council for Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska and was a shareholder of Shee Atika Inc. and Sealaska.

His family said he was proud of his Native heritage and culture. They said he loved Alaska and being outdoors, hiking, hunting and fishing, and also enjoyed basketball. They said he had a beautiful smile, and most of all, he loved his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles Jackson; and his sister, LaVerne Rousseau.

He is survived by a daughter, Raelene Randall of Spanaway, Wash.; sons, Raymond Thiemeyer Jr. of Auburn, Wash., William "Willie" Thiemeyer and Bert Thiemeyer, both of Koyuk; sisters, Marion Greer of Tacoma, Wash., Eileen Wagner of Juneau, Millie Stevens of Craig, and Marguerite Thiemeyer of Auburn, Wash.; brothers, William Thiemeyer Jr. of Klawock, Donald Thomas of Eugene, Ore., and Harold Thomas of Craig; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Traditional Native services were held at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community house. Traditional Native graveside services will be held in Craig, where his mother, brother and sister are buried.

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