Posted: Thursday, February 25, 1999

Cyrus E. Peck Sr.

Lifelong Alaska resident Cyrus Eaton Peck Sr. died Feb. 21, 1999, in Juneau at the age of 92.

Memorial services will be 5 p.m. Friday at ANB Hall in Juneau, and funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Northern Light United Church.

He was born Feb. 2, 1907, in Sitka. He was a member of the Kagwonton Box House of Sitka. He worked as a commercial fisherman, an entrepreneur, as a surveyor and excavation engineer for the Mount Edgecumbe Naval Base, as a lay minister for the Presbyterian Church and as captain of the Princeton Hall. He served as magistrate for the city of Angoon and as an educator of Tlingit culture. He was a concert violinist and an accomplished musician who performed with Native dance bands. He was the ANB Grand Camp president and secretary emeritus, a charter member of ANB Grand Camp No. 1 of Sitka, and a lifetime member of Angoon ANB Camp No. 7.

Peck studied at Sheldon Jackson College and at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He married Sophie Fred of Angoon on Sept. 11, 1932, and they were together until her death in 1972. In 1974 he married Nadja Gamble of Angoon. They commercial fished together out of Angoon until her death in 1993.

Peck was an original member of the Alaska Native Land Claims Task Force under Gov. Walter Hickel. He published the ANB newsletter ``Voice of Brotherhood'' and the book ``Tides People.'' He was a member of the Lions, American Legion Post 13, the Masons, and Lions Gold Medal.

Peck received an honorary doctorate in humanities from the University of Alaska in 1980. He was honored by the Alaska Legislature in 1989 for his many contributions to the state. He was given the designation of lay pastor emeritus with distinction by the Presbyterian Church in 1995 for his long and faithful service.

He is survived by his daughter Johanna Brensdal of Juneau, sons Cy Peck Jr. and Ray Peck of Juneau and adopted son Gil Lucerno of Angoon, grandchildren Doreen and Renee Peck of Portland, Ore., Dorothy Vaune Webster and Elena Rae Isturis of Juneau, and five great grandchildren.

His tribal relations include Ed and Richard Warren of Haines; Al, Patty and the Strong family of Klukwan; Carl Nelson and Ben Cornell of Juneau; Kenny and Robert Kirkman of Sitka; Frank, Paul and David White of Hoonah; Delbert Alexander and Woody Morrison of Hydaburg; George Kostrometinoff of Metlakatla; Benhur Valle and Charlie Newman of Yakutat and Dr. Fred Chu; as well as his tribal sisters Matilda Gamble and Bessie Fred of Angoon; Agnes Bellinger and Annie Abbott of Juneau; Cecelia Hayward of Metlakatla and Abby Strong of Klukwan.

Pallbearers will be Byron Mallot, Mike Grummett, Robert Martin, Ramon Isturis, Billy Albert and Devon Lucero. Honorary Pallbearers are Ed Gamble, Matthew Fred Sr., Harry Brensdal, John Hope, John Borbridge, Cyril George, Joe Bennett, Elton Engstrom, Len Sevdy, Ed Kunz, Judge Thomas Stewart, Albert Kookesh, Dan Johnson Jr., Marvin Willard and Dr. George Stevens.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be donated to the ANB Grand Camp newsletter.

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