George Gullufsen

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Former Juneau resident George "Gully" Gullufsen, 83, died June 11, 2003, in Temecula, Calif.

Born in Seward, Alaska, in 1919, he was raised on Latouche Island, where his father was employed by the Kennicott Mining Company. His family moved to Juneau in 1933. He graduated from Juneau High School in 1937.

During his high school years and continuing until the start of World War II in 1941, he was a deckhand on the Forester and several Fish and Wildlife service vessels. He often skippered these vessels, transporting personnel and materials throughout Southeast Alaska.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and remained in the service throughout World War II. He fought in the Pacific. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to Juneau, where he married Caroline McCalister in 1946. He became a U.S. Customs agent and spent 30 years in Juneau and Anchorage. He served as assistant director of customs for Alaska before his retirement in 1979.

In 1980, he and Caroline moved to Sun City, Calif. They frequently visited Alaska to see family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline; a sister, Kristen Bacon of Eau Claire, Wis.; sons, Patrick Gullufsen of Juneau and George Gullufsen of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Carrie Haskell of Anchorage; grandsons, Olin, Ryan, Eric and Kevin Gullufsen of Juneau, Jeffrey Haskell of Huntsville, Ala., and Brian Haskell of Anchorage; and granddaughter, Vanessa of Seattle.

Services were held in Sun City, Calif., on June 17 at the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church. A service will be held in Juneau at a later date before the spreading of his ashes, pursuant to his wishes, on the waters of Southeast Alaska.

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