Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2001

LeRoy Funk

Thirty-seven-year Juneau resident LeRoy Funk died March 25, 2001, at the family home in Juneau from an inoperable brain tumor.

He was born in Kalispell, Mont., where he grew up and graduated from high school. He joined the Army upon graduation. In 1969 he went to Washington D.C., and graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University. In 1972 he joined Bob Dyer and later Frank Baxter as a certified public accountant. At the time of his death he was the senior partner (retired) in the firm Elgee Rehfeld and Funk.

He was president of the State Society of CPA's, the only person from Southeast Alaska elected to such a position. He later served as a volunteer lobbyist for that group. Several tax seasons he helped seniors with tax questions and preparation. He taught classes at the University of Alaska Southeast as a guest lecturer. He enjoyed Parks and Rec. softball and basketball as well as golf.

Early in his career he was a Rotarian, served on the Juneau Receiving Home Board, and participated on the governing board for the Episcopal Church. He also served as a SIDS counselor to parents with the loss of a child.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, their three children Nataliejean Ahrens of Goldsboro N.C., and Lori and Ryan Funk of Juneau; his three siblings Edward Funk of Kalispell, Mont., Charles Funk of Yakima, Wash., and Eloise Harris of Van Nuys, Calif. He also is survived by grandchildren Mark and Kristen Ahrens and Jonathan Funk of Juneau. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Adam Funk and son Mark Funk.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held 4 p.m. Friday at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers he requested a donation be made to an educational account for his grandchildren at Alaska Pacific Bank attention Roger White, or to St. Brendan's.

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