John R. Charles

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Former Juneau resident John R. Charles died Feb. 12, 2010, in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 44.

He was born Aug. 20, 1965, in Juneau, to David and Cecelia Kitka-Charles. He was of the Eagle moiety of the Wooshketaan Clan from Berner's Bay.

He worked for the Alf Christian Seed Co. for 15 yrs and served his country in the U.S. Army from September 1986 thru May 1987.

He was a shareholder of Sealaska and Goldbelt corporations.

"Johnno," as he was known, was a very active person, always wanting to help others and never without a smile. He was a very kind and gentle guy. He loved hunting and fishing for his traditional foods. He stated that he was gone from home too long and wanted to come home to hunt and fish. Both he and his sister Teresa called their Aunty Katherine White mom. He enjoyed reading and riding his bike thru town and socializing with many of his friends. His family said he "was a very humble man and very well-respected."

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cecelia Kitka-Charles; grandmother, Ellen G. Harris; grandfather, James Kitka Sr.; uncles, James Kitka Jr., Johnny Kitka and Willis Kitka, and Marvel, Marley and Fred Harris; aunties, Annie Kitka-Friberg and Helen James; and cousin, Willie Watson.

He is survived by his sister, Teresa Charles, of Seattle, Wash.; brother, Frank Charles, of Hoonah; nephew, Ben Cook Jr.; niece, Cecelia Cook, of Seattle; aunties, Katherine White Angie Harris, of Juneau; uncles, Stanley and Casey Harris, of Juneau; cousins, John Watson Jr., Albert Watson Sr., Darlene Smallwood, of Anchorage, Mary John and her husband, Charles John, Janet Dick and Cecelia Jimenez, all of Juneau, and numerous other cousins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Cook Jr., Cecelia Cook, Katherine White, Charles John, Arlene Jewel, Shayne Morris and John Martin Sr.

A memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at the Glacier Valley Church of God. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his cousin Mary E. John, P.O. Box 20184 Juneau, AK 99802, or by calling 209-8328.

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