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Juneau resident Richard Leslie Edenso, 51, died suddenly Feb. 23, 2002 at his home.
He was born Jan. 3, 1951, Alaska Statehood Day, to Victor and Evelyn (Roberts) Edenso in Ketchikan, the youngest of ten children. He was the first baby born in Ketchikan that year. He graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1969 and graduated with a bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of Oregon in 1975. He returned to Alaska and went to work for the State of Alaska as an auditor before moving on to his most recent position as controller for the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska.
His friends said he was a hard worker who was well respected by his peers. They said he loved to play cards, especially poker, and was an avid University of Oregon Ducks fan. They also said he loved to watch good movies during the long winter nights in Juneau.
He was preceded in death by both parents; his mother in Oct. 2000 and his father in October 1978.
He is survived by brothers Victor Edenso Jr. and his wife Delma, Ketchikan, Ralph Edenso and his wife Christine, Ketchikan, Lawrence Edenso, Ketchikan, Jim Edenso and his wife Brenda, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Allen Edenso and his wife Louan, Camano Island, Wash., and Colin Edenso, Anchorage; sisters Barbara Bell and her husband John, Bellingham, Wash., Lorraine North and her husband Charles, Bellingham, Wash., and Thelma Damon and her husband John, Blaine, Wash.; 33 nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services were held on Friday, March 1, 2002 at Northern Light United Church in Juneau. A reception followed at the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Vocational Training and Resource Center (VTRC) on Hospital Dr. in Juneau.