James A. Ruotsala


Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2007

Longtime Juneau resident James "Jim" A. Ruotsala died May 27, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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Born in 1934 in Juneau, he was a third-generation Douglas and Juneau resident. He served in the U.S. Navy and Army Reserves and was an Alaska author and historian. He was in the Civil Air Patrol and Alaska State Defense Force.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Pioneers of Alaska, Gastineau Channel Historical Society, Moose Lodge 700, Navy League and many other organizations.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bert Ruotsala; and mother, Marjorie Ruotsala.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Ruotsala, of Juneau; children, Doug Whelan and his wife, Carol, of Juneau, Peggy MacInnis, of Juneau, Michael Whelan, of Wrangell, and Bruce Whelan and his wife, Theresa, of Anchorage; grandchildren, Jennifer Whelan, of Portland, and Jana MacInnis, of Colorado; great grandson, Lee Douglas Stoops; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Alaskan Memorial Park. A social remembrance will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge 700.

Memorials may go to a charity of choice.

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