Roderick Oliver Dalton

Posted: Sunday, April 04, 2010

Juneau resident Roderick Oliver Dalton died March 28, 2010, in Juneau. He was 50.

Born Nov. 13, 1960, in Juneau, to Thomas Dalton and the late Hazel McKinley Hope, he was raised by the late Edward and Lila Hubbard in Mount Edgecumbe. His Tlingit name was Yaanastat.

He attended school in Sitka and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1979. He was a steward for the Alaska Marine Highway System and a certified auto mechanic.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, working on cars and cruising in his car. He loved to play Bingo. He was a dedicated Seahawks and Mariners fan attested by the many hats and coats he owned with their official logos on them.

His career achievements included being certified with a 100 Ton Master License. He had certifications in marine firefighting and as a radar observer, a basic fire fighter, basic construction, asbestos removal and a flagger.

He was known for his continuous and genuine smile, the smile that melted hearts and made instant friends, his family said. He had a nickname for everyone. If he knew you long enough, you got a nickname. His sisters were known as "Kimberly Wells," "Soda Pop," "Bammers," "Lisa Beaners" and "Bad Bob." His brothers were "Michael Knight" and "Boobers." His nieces were "Utah Jazz," "Ton Ton" and "Smart Alex," and his nephews were "Daveed" and "Ricky Ricardo." Some friends were called "Dottie West" and "Catmandu," to name a few. His own nicknames included "Squirt," which his grandparents, aunts and uncles called him, and he was "Hot Rod" to the ladies.

"Rod was a gentle soul that will be greatly missed," his family said.

He was preceded in death by his precious daughter, Karielle Dalton; grandparents, James and Margaret McKinley and George and Jessie Dalton; sister, Deidre Dalton; step-father, Andrew John Hope Jr.; aunties, Rita McCleod, Sarah Sharclane and Linda Jean Brown; and uncles, Richard Dalton Sr., and Richard McKinley; and ex-wife, Nancy Didrickson, of Sitka.

He is survived by his daughter, Erika Dalton; sisters, Rhoeda Garcia, Pamela Masterman-Stearns, Kim Hope, Lisa Parent and Bobbi Brown; brothers, Thomas Lyle Dalton, Michael Dalton and Robert Brown; children he helped raise, Khristopher, Lorinda and Kerri McKinley; and aunts and uncles, Violet Code, George Dalton Jr., Alfred McKinley Sr., Leroy McKinely, Priscilla Mooney, Ida Rabbat, Stuart Jacobs, James McKinley Jr., and Danny Neal.

Honorary pallbearers are George Dalton Jr., Harry Sharclane, Kenneth Grant and John Martin.

A family viewing will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Condolences may be sent to 2175 Cascade St., Juneau, AK 99801.

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