Longtime Juneau resident Earl Steven Way, “Easy Way”, died Jan. 15, 2011 while visiting friends in the Lower 48. He was 63 at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lois Sibley Way, Charles W. “Bud” Way, and Marian Rutherford of Devil’s Lake, N.D. and Fargo, N.D.
Originally from the small community of Devil’s Lake, Earl completed his formal education there before riding his Harley west in the late 1960s. He started work with Hughes Airwest in San Francisco, and later transitioned with Western, and finally Northwest Airlines where he retired. He enjoyed traveling all over world and was an active mountain climber on many of these early adventures — including one to Ecuador, where a fall ended his climbing days. He was pursuing a love for traveling around Mexico and especially the Riviera Nayarit in his later years, making many friends within the expatriate communities there. It was his dream to retire there.
Like many men, he followed a good woman north to Alaska in the early 1980s and got married. He started commercial fishing and took up cannery work at Excursion Inlet in the off seasons. His last fishing was as a gillnetter, fishing his own boat up the Taku River in the 1990s. Earl also worked at Eaglecrest as a lift operator, he was a local tour bus driver, and also a “manny” to Solomon Alper. At the time of his passing, he was the driver and wholesale manager for Silverbow Bakery.
Earl always enjoyed good music, food, reading and the company of friends. He was a collector and spent hours in pursuit of his hobby. He is survived by his friends Sheryl and Richard, Deb and Kira, Val and John, Jill and Ken, Felipe and Rosa, Linda and Mark, Ronnie and Krista, Joe, Jerry, and Duffy. A memorial service honoring Earl’s life will be held at the Silverbow in the spring.