Stanley Elwood Reddekopp

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

Juneau resident Stanley Elwood Reddekopp died March 30, 2003, aboard a commercial fishing vessel in Southeast waters.

He was born Sept. 8, 1936, to Elwood and Mabel (McClean) Reddekopp in Tillamook, Ore. He arrived in Juneau on April 28, 1947, with his mother, brother and sister. His father had gone to Alaska to secure a place to live prior to their arrival. He grew up in Auke Bay and participated in the building of the original Chapel by the Lake log church.

He graduated from Juneau High School in 1954. After graduation from high school, he went to work for Glacier Highway Electric Association. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1959 and was stationed in Korea. When he returned from the Army, he traveled Southeast working for Cole and Paddock Construction. He worked on the construction of the Schnables' sawmill in Haines then began working as a "gypo" logger. He worked logging for Cliff and Henry Reeves, construction for Belardi and Schneider, equipment operator for his brother, Dwaine Reddekopp, and Shorty Tonsgard's Channel Construction.

He started fishing with his father in the summers as a youth. He fished the Carol Ann, leased the Good News, and fished the Takan until it sank in April 1990. He was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 1990 and started to learn to live with the consequences of smoking. He always had time to talk to children about the reasons why he needed to be on oxygen and suggest that they never start smoking. He was a member of AA. He was a member of and a past president of the Alaska Trollers Association.

His family said the real love of his life was fishing. They said he loved the ocean and being out in nature.

He is survived by his wife Jeri, mother Mabel, daughters Glendi Gaddis, Gayle Russo, Gwen Kate Reddekopp and Nikki Reddekopp-Elrid, son Michael Reddekopp, step-daughter Melissa Museth, brother Dwaine (Carolyn) Reddekopp, sister Nancy Reddekopp, six grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, April 4, at 1 p.m. at the Smith Hall, Chapel by the Lake. Contributions can be made in his name to the Juneau Boxing Club, Switzer Creek Recreation Hall, 6590 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801, or the Alaska Trollers Association, 130 Seward St., Suite 505, Juneau, AK 99801.

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