Longtime Alaskan Walter Albert "Walt" Sheridan died Feb. 6, 2009, among friends and family in Florida. He was 63.
He was born Nov. 1, 1945, at Camp Blanding, Fla., to Daisy Bell (North) and Joseph Albert Sheridan.
After the birth of his daughter Cynthia in 1964, he put himself through college attending Florida State University and graduating with a degree in music before continuing on to the University of Georgia and a lifelong career with the U.S. Forest Service. In 1974, that career took him to Alaska, where he spent time in Ketchikan and Anchorage before settling in Juneau.
In 1981, he met and in 1989 married his wife, Donna, and together they sailed, hiked, camped and fished the beautiful Alaska waterways and trails.
A man of many talents, his passions included resource management, gun collecting, wood working, fly tying and most importantly fishing. He was especially delighted when he, Donna and son, Kenny, purchased a wonderful vacation home on the banks of Alaska's Kenai River.
He was a proud member of the Eagles, Moose and Elks Fraternal organizations and the friendships he made both at the lodges and throughout his career were far reaching and lasting and he was known by all for his integrity and loyalty.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother; sister, Betty Roberts and husband, Grant; wife, Donna Sheridan; daughter, Cynthia Hansen and husband, David; son, Kenny Sheckler and wife, Shannon; beloved goddaughter, Allana Hefley; and a large extended family.
At his request, no formal service will be held, but friends are invited to join with his wife and daughter in an informal remembrance and celebration of his life from 4 to 7 p.m. March 7 at the Juneau Moose Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to either the Juneau Moose Lodge No. 700 or the Juneau Eagles Aerie No. 4200 to support their charitable works.