Posted: Monday, February 28, 2000

Raymond L. Caldwell Sr.

Juneau resident Raymond L. Caldwell Sr., died Feb. 24, 2000, at his home in Juneau.

He was born April 5, 1926, in Tacoma, Wash., to George and Francis Caldwell. The family moved to Juneau shortly after he was born, and he attended schools in the Juneau-Douglas area.

He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was employed by the Alaska Marine Highway until his retirement in 1997, and worked for the Juneau Taxicab Company at the time of his death. He was a member of the American Legion, Auke Bay Post 25.

His son wrote that Caldwell loved Alaska, and enjoyed boating, fishing and gardening. He was also a writer and wrote poetry and songs with Alaska themes. He published a book in 1995 of his poetry, inspired by his travels up the Inside Passage.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Bonnie Edwards and Beverly Ness, son David A. Caldwell and grandson Michael L. Caldwell.

He is survived by his wife Birgit Caldwell of Juneau, daughter Avonna L. Murfitt of Anchorage, son Ronald D. Caldwell of Talkeetna, sons Raymond L. Caldwell Jr., (and wife Lorraine) and Darrell G. Caldwell (and wife Shelley) of Juneau, nephews Larry and Mike Ness, 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

At his request, there will be no memorial services. His ashes will be taken to sea at a private family gathering.

A memorial account has been established at First Bank. Donations may be made to the memory of Raymond L. Caldwell Sr.

The family may be contacted care of Birgit Caldwell at P.O. Box 210543, Auke Bay, Alaska, 99821.

Rose Tsuyo Komatsubara

Former Juneau resident Rose Tsuyo Komatsubara, 94, died Feb. 19, 2000, in Seattle, with her family members at her side.

She was born Dec. 3, 1905, in Kagoshima-ken, Japan. In 1922 she joined her parents in Seattle, and in the late 1920s the family moved to Petersburg. She met her husband, Katsutaro Komatsubara, there and they married in 1936.

During World War II, the Komatsubara family was interned in Minidoka, Idaho. After the war, they lived briefly in Mesa, Idaho, and returned to Petersburg in 1948. In 1951, Katsutaro entered into a partnership with the owner of the City Cafe in Juneau.

She is survived by her daughters, Rose Wayne of Bellevue, Wash., Nancy Stephenson of Portland, Ore., Patricia Reefe of Santa Cruz, Calif., Karen Komatsubara of Redmond, Wash., and her son, Gary Komatsubara of El Cerrito, Calif., her brother Kenneth Oyama and her sister June Takahashi, both of Seattle, and six grandchildren.

Services were held last week in Seattle. Memorials may be made in her name to the Seattle KIERO nursing home, 1601 Yesler Way, Seattle, Wash., 98122, or the Japanese Presbyterian Church, 1801 24th Avenue South, Seattle, Wash., 98144.

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