Longtime Juneau resident Gene Norton died March 1, 2001, in Long Beach, Calif., while visiting relatives. He was 55.
A gathering and farewell toast will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Triangle Club in downtown Juneau.
He was born in Los Angeles. He came to Juneau in the early 1970s and was employed at many downtown restaurants and clubs as a cook and a bartender. He also worked in Pelican at Rosie's and lived for several years in Tenakee Springs, where he served as fire chief. Most recently, he was employed by Taku Taxi.
His friends wrote, "Gene had a great intellect and taught us many things, mostly to laugh at ourselves. He was a kind and loving friend and he was always there to help."
Donald E. Richter
Juneau resident Donald E. Richter died March 23, 2001, in Burney, Calif., after suffering a massive heart attack.
He was born Aug. 17, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash., and spent his youth in the Tacoma and Seattle areas. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1963 and the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1967 with a major in missions and aviation training.
He married Joanne Hegland in 1967. They came to Alaska as missionary church planters in 1973 with Baptist Mid-Missions. The last four years have been spent in Juneau in a team ministry at Bethany Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Richter, of Juneau and daughters Lisa Armstrong of Irkutsk, Russia, and Tammi Reid of Petersburg; his mother, Louise, and sisters, Diane, Linda and Vicki, who live in Washington. There are five grandsons.
A graveside service was held March 31 in Bremerton, Wash., and a memorial service was held April 1 at Gatewood Baptist Church in Seattle, where he had grown up and determined to serve in full-time ministry.
The family suggested any memorial gifts be sent to Baptist Mid-Missions, P.O. Box 308011, Cleveland, Ohio, 44130-8011, for Donald Richter Memorial Russian Church Fund.
Jeanne R. Martin
Former Juneau resident Jeanne R. Martin, 67, of Central Point, Ore., died March, 21, 2001, in Talent, Ore.
She was born in Montague, Mass., June 23, 1933, the daughter of Leona (Howard) and Philip A. Robert. She attended schools in Greenfield, Mass., graduating in 1951 from Greenfield High School.
In 1954, she moved to San Diego, Calif., where she was a legal secretary for several years. In 1978, she moved to Juneau, where she became executive secretary to the Tlingit-Haida Central Council. She later became secretary to Justice Allen Compton in Juneau and for a representative in the Alaska Legislature. Following retirement, she moved to Oregon.
While in Alaska, she was a volunteer for Hospice and Big Sisters, receiving the Alaska Big Sister of the Year Award. She was a member of the National Association of Legal Secretaries.
Martin was a foster parent and kept in contact with many of the foster girls who lived with her.
Besides her mother of Turners Falls, Ore., she is survived by a son, Paul Martin of Ashland, Ore.; a daughter, Virginia Hartnett of San Diego; a brother, David Robert of Squim, Wash.; a sister, Theresa Russell of Cumberland, Maine, three grandchildren, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A her request, services in Oregon were private.