Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

Jerry Ratliff

Petersburg resident and former Juneau resident Jerry Ratliff died March 4, 2001, in Petersburg.

He was born June 8, 1924, in Purcell, Okla. He served as a pilot with the U.S. Navy. He first came to Juneau to help build the original Snettisham power line, and worked on construction sites from Hyder to Adak. He lived in Juneau from 1968 until 1989, when he moved to Petersburg. He retired six years ago and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He won the Golden North Salmon Derby in the mid 1970s. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and Eagles clubs, and was an ordained priest in the New Apostolic Church in Juneau.

He is survived by his wife, Hildegard Ratliff, and his son, Bobby Ratliff of Petersburg, his daughters, Beverly Estes and Jerry Lynn Carrol of Washington, and his brother, Buddy Ratliff of Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held in Petersburg in June.

Paul Sargent

Longtime Juneau resident

Paul Sargent died March 6, 2001, at the Pioneers' Home in Juneau. He was 88.

He was born May 14, 1912, in Martinsville. Ind. He moved to Juneau in 1965. He worked as an engineer, and served as the city engineer for Juneau in the late 1960s.

He was a private pilot, an avid outdoorsman, a world traveler, a badminton player and a folk dancer.

He was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo six.

He is survived by his wife Mary and sons Paul Jr. of Juneau, Michael of Nevada and Thomas Sargent of Washington, his daughter Samantha of Connecticut and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Monday at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests a donation be made in his behalf to the Juneau Pioneers' Home resident council.

Stephen Zeckser

Juneau resident Stephen Zeckser died Dec. 27, 2000, in Juneau. He was 51.

He was born Dec. 20, 1949, in Alma, Kan., to Wanda and August Zeckser, and grew up on his family's farm in Kansas. He earned a degree with honors in business administration In 1971 from Kansas State University.

He married Georgie L. Smith Nov. 10, 1973 in Spokane, Wash., and they moved to Okinawa, Japan.

As an employee of the federal civil service he served as a procurement agent and construction contract administrator for the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kadina Air Force Base.

In 1979 he and his family moved to Juneau. He began working with the U.S. Forest Service in 1979, where he worked for 21 years. He was the director of acquisition management at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Georgie, his daughters Mikki, Ingrid and Jennifer, and son Minho (and Natalie) Zeckser, all of Juneau.

He was preceded in death by his son Mathew.

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