Juneau and former longtime Sitka resident Francis Edward Eddy, 84, died peacefully, surrounded by family at his daughter's home in Juneau. He was 84.
He was born Dec. 28, 1925, in Chelan, Wash., to Glendon and Jessie Eddy and was raised in the famous apple country of the Wenatchee Valley.
A veteran of two wars, he attended Wenatchee High School until his junior year before entering the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he served as an aviation radio man from 1943 to 1946 until returning to school and graduating from Broadway High School in Seattle. In 1950, he returned to active duty in the Navy Patrol 28th Squadron as an aviation radioman on a patrol bomber in the Korean conflict. He was discharged from the Navy in February 1952, and in April, he moved to Sitka.
He held numerous jobs around town: at Columbia Lumber and Sitka Janitor Service, before starting work at the Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co. on Nov. 2, 1959, as cut-off sawyer. During his long career at ALP he worked at a number of jobs and eventually retired as Supervisor of the Wood Room.
In 1953, he married Florence and raised seven children. He loved fishing, taking his wife and family on camping trips, berry picking, harvesting herring eggs, picnicking, reading, listening to jazz, watching television and writing. He also had a strong interest in sports as an Atlanta Brave fan and Little League coach.
After retiring, he received his associate degree from the Sitka Community College. He lived his last days in Juneau by his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Florence "Flossie" Eddy; brother, Albert "Bud" Conklin; daughter, Shirley Sutton Dreadfulwater; son-in-law, Scott Douglas; granddaughter, Hatty Eddy; and longtime friend and companion, his dog, Bandit.
He is survived by his sons, Gary and Bernadette Eddy and Rocky Eddy, of Juneau; daughters, Karen Eddy and William Ambrose, of Fairbanks, Francine Eddy Jones and Laird Jones, Kitty Eddy, of Juneau, and Nancy Douglas, of Sitka; grandchildren, Mitch Wright, Justin Jones, Hayden Eddy (mother Amiee Rinehart), Tammy Eddy, Lindsay Ambrose and Stephen Davis, Leslie Ambrose, Christopher Eddy and family, Erin Hines and family, adopted grandson Don and Diana Wright; and great-granddaughter, Victoria Wright; best friend and companion, his dog, Scooby; and numerous extended family members in Alaska and Washington, including sister-in-law, Irene Roberts and family, sisters, Jessie and Karl Hendrickson, of Mesa, Ariz., Wilma Johnson, of Wenatchee, Wash., and niece, Alberta and Tom Cohen, of Seattle, Wash.
A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 3. His celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Sitka Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall with graveside services immediately following at the Sitka National Cemetery. Join the family for dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Sitka ANB Hall. Feel free to bring a salad or dessert to share. During this time, family and friends are welcome to share their stories, poems, songs and remarks.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sitka Animal Hospital in his memory. The family may be contacted via Francine Eddy Jones, 9171 Skywood Lane, Juneau, AK 99801.