Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2000

Eugene Hazard Austrom, Wesley Keith Ewing, Louis Neece

Juneau resident Eugene Hazard Austrom died April 30, 2000, at St. Ann's Care Center.

He was born June 2, 1913, in Poulsbo, Wash.

A retired commercial fisherman and rigger of Shop 72 in the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., Austrom moved to Juneau in 1995 with his companion, Frances Snyder. He enjoyed reading, taking walks around the capital city and recounting his commercial fishing experiences in Alaska and Puget Sound. Friends said he was a quiet, compassionate and generous man.

He is survived by his daughter Pam Mengal of Idaho; son Rick Austrom and granddaughter Melody of Bremerton, Wash.; and his companion Frances Snyder of Juneau.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, at St. Ann's Care Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Ann's Care Center, 415 Sixth St., Juneau, Alaska, 99801.

Wesley Keith Ewing

Former Juneau resident Wesley Keith Ewing died May 2, 2000, in his home in Haines following a bout with lung cancer.

He was born July 19, 1933, in Larned, Kan., to Harold and Louise Ewing.

Ewing was a paratrooper in the 187th Army Airborne during the Korean War. Following an honorable discharge, he married his hometown sweetheart, Betty Cleveland, and the couple moved to Juneau in 1961.

Ewing worked as a mechanic and welder at Juneau Motors. After living in Juneau for a year, Ewing and his family moved to Haines where he worked variously as a mechanic, bartender and millwright at Connor's Motors, Marty's Pioneer Bar, Alex's Garage, Schnabel's Lumber Company, Northern Timber Corp. and the state road commission.

He was an active member of the Local 302 Operator's Union, Sitka Elks, Juneau Moose Lodge, Larned VFW and Haines Legion Post 12.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and his son, Charles.

He is survived by his wife Betty Ewing of Haines, children Patricia (and husband Dave) Peters of Haines; Joann (and husband Ken) Simpson of Juneau; David (and wife Kelly) Ewing of Camas Valley, Ore.; brothers Don (and wife Sandra) Ewing of Dallas and Boyd (and wife Janice) Vratil of Okla.; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many friends.

Services were held May 5, 2000, at Jones Point Cemetery in Haines.

Donations may be made to the Wes Ewing Cancer Fund, First National Bank of Anchorage, 123 Main St., Haines, Alaska, 99827.

The family can be reached at P.O. Box 335, Haines, Alaska, 99826.

Louis Neece

Juneau resident Louis Neece died May 4, 2000, on Prince of Wales Island.

He was born March 5, 1951, in Stevenson, Wash., and moved to Alaska in 1983.

Although he lived in Juneau, he worked throughout Southeast Alaska in the logging industry. Recently, he moved his residence to Craig.

He was an avid outdoorsmen who loved to hunt, fish and photograph the land and waters of the Panhandle. Friends spoke kindly of his laughter and gentle spirit.

He is survived by his father and step-mother John and Carol Neece; siblings Marguerite and Johnny Neece, Celia (and husband Glen) Lucuf, all of Stevenson, Wash.; former wife Susan Ballier of Hood River, Ore.; daughter Blossom of Bellingham, Wash.; and son Jacob of Maui, Hawaii.

A memorial and graveside service took place May 15, in Stevenson, Wash. A celebration of his life will take place in Craig and Juneau at a later date.

The family requests that his friends write and share their memories. They can be reached at Blossom Neece, P.O. Box 1672, Bellingham, Wash., 98227, or Jacob Neece, c/o Lori Alana, P.O. Box 899, Paia, Hawaii, 96779.

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