Juneau resident Stewart James "Jim" Wilder, 62, died on June 16, 2003, at his home, surrounded by his family following a short battle with cancer.
He was born in Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 21, 1940, to Harold and Verna (Frasier) Wilder.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1958, serving in Furth, Germany, as a company mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
In September 1962, he was employed by Dillingham Marine in Portland, Ore., as a welder and fitter. During his employment, he went to Indonesia as the structural advisor for ship repair. While there, he established a welding school for native workers. He continued working in Portland until December 1981, when he moved to Juneau.
In Juneau, he was employed as a shop foreman by Nopad Co. He built boats as well as equipment for fish hatcheries in Alaska, including Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Sheep Creek in Juneau. For the past 17 years, he was employed at T&S Welding.
Family members said he loved to fly. He joined the Gastineau Aeromodeler Society (GAS), building many remote-control aircraft. Traveling with the boys of GAS, he participated in international competitions in Arizona and California. During the last 18 months, he enjoyed working with Ken Montoure and rebuilding a vintage Pietenpol.
According to his family, he was a master welder. "He was a gifted woodworker who shared his many creations with family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing and boating with friends, traveling with his wife, Joanne, and spending time with his grandchildren."
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Joanne; father, Harold Wilder; brother, Pervan (Angie) Wilder; children, Shelly, Carrie (Roger), Clay and Gordon Wilder, all of Oregon; stepchildren, Teri Maxwell, Traci (Scott) Gilmour and Nanci Jo (Matt) Ferster of Juneau, and Richard (Tami) Barron of Arizona. He also has 11 surviving grandchildren and many cousins.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Glacier Gardens. A memory table will be available for friends and family to bring photos and memories to share.
Donations may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, Alaska 99801 or Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation, P.O. Box 20329, Juneau, AK 99802.