Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2000

Melrose Webster DeHart, Jr.

Longtime Juneau resident Melrose Webster DeHart, Jr., died May 14, 2000, at his home in Juneau after a long illness.

He was born on May 21, 1926, in Seattle to Vera Fern and Melrose DeHart, Sr.

He moved to Alaska in 1974 with his wife and children and worked on the Alaska Pipeline as a sheet-metal worker. He also worked as a sheet-metal worker and a plumber for Jack's Plumbing and Silverbow Construction. Dehart and his family moved to Tenakee Springs in 1990 where he owned and operated the QuikStop Cafe as well as working for LAB as the UPS agent in town.

Melrose served as a city council member and the president of the first chapter of AARP in Tenakee Springs. He had a deep love for the land and waters of Southeast Alaska. The family moved back to Juneau in 1996.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Shirley; sons Maurice and Tim (and wife Kathy) DeHart of Juneau; Kurt DeHart of Hayden Lake, Idaho; Terry (and wife Karna) DeHart of Des Moines, Melrose W. DeHart III (and wife Patricia) of Renton, Wash.; and daughters Elizabeth of Lacey, Wash.; Jeanette (and husband Lanny) of Villa Rica, Ga.; step-sister JoAnne of Otis Orchards, Wash.; brother Donald (and wife Jeannie) Carpenter; nephew Gary (and wife Nancy) Carpenter; niece Robin Carpenter; and grandniece Ronna (and husband Greg) Craig all of Juneau; 13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandnephews and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Memorial Park in Juneau.

Donations may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Juneau, 99801.

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