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Longtime Douglas resident Robert Milton Sr. died April 11, 2007, surrounded by family and friends. He was 77.
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He was born Dec. 11, 1929, in Yakutat. Family members said he was a respected Tlingit elder, storyteller and songwriter and member of the Baha'i Faith community. He was Raven from Ginex Kwan and from the Owl House, the ancestral House, and Raven Bone House, also known as Kwaaski'kwaan in Yakutat, from their acquired crest from a creek they bought when they migrated from Chitna to Icy Bay, and then to Yakutat.
He was the youngest child and well versed on the history of both his father's Teikweidi clan and his mother's Gineix kwan clan. He knew the Tlingit chants and songs and composed Tlingit songs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jones and Paul Milton; and sisters, Catherine Milton, Julia Milton and Ginger Newman.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly Milton; sister, Agnes Asaro of North Bend, Wash.; sons, Robert Milton and his wife, Delina, of Juneau, John Milton and his wife, Victoria, of Juneau, and Franklin Milton and his wife, Jan, of Salem, Ore.; daughters, Dianna Druley and Katherine Milton, both of Juneau; grandchildren, Sharon Talley, Kevin and Steven Milton, Crystal Ann Druley Nelson and her husband, Tim, Robert Eldon Druley and his wife, Haley, Chellsy Milton, Juan and David Quintanilla, and Ernesto, Guadalupe and Michael Flores; great-grandchildren, Quyanna, Jay and Royce Nelson, Malikhi and Sean Talley, and Robert Kaden Druley; clan sisters, Elaine Abraham and Kathryn Bremner, of Yakutat; and many Kwask'ikwaan relatives in Yakutat, Anchorage and Washington.
Services were held on Saturday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.