Eugen Karl Holmstrand

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Former Juneau resident Eugen Karl Holmstrand, 74, died May 6, 2002, at his home in Hansville, Wash.

He was born in 1927 in San Rafael, Calif., to Victor and Karin (Hultgren) Holmstrand. A first generation American, he grew up on the family chicken ranch.

After graduating from Tamalpais High School, he attended the College of Marin and Heald Business College. He spent more than 30 years in the construction industry in California, building innovative homes in the Lake Tahoe region. He also provided quality control of earth movements on the construction of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and coordinated efforts to provide fresh Alaska seafood by direct air shipment.

He moved to Juneau in 1973 in search of adventure. He commercially fished for halibut, salmon and king crab on his boats the Sabre and the Reward, and was the owner of EKHO Marine Distributors until his retirement in 1993.

In 1994 he and his wife, Suzanne Perry, moved to Hansville.

His family said he enjoyed remodeling their home, creating many unique features, and dancing, woodworking, bonsais, photography and traveling. He was active in Suquamish Community Congregational United Church of Christ.

He is survived by his brother Robert, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; his wife; sons Mark, Anchorage, and Craig, San Rafael, Calif.; daughter Lisa Cordaro, Santa Fe, N.M.; and five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Monday, July 1, 2002, at Northern Light United Church at 4:30 p.m. Traditional "Cheeks" Barbecue/Potluck will follow at Auke Rec. His ashes will be scattered in Southeast Alaska.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Fisherman's Memorial at P.O. Box 20092, Juneau, AK 99802.

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