Juneau resident Elvin "Al" Sahlinger died June 22, 2006, at his niece's home in Kentfield, Calif. He was 78.
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He was born April 30, 1928, in Wrangell, to Albert Sahlinger and Charlotte Blake.
He grew up in Wrangell and Haines. He served in the U.S. Army Arctic Test Branch in Big Delta, where he was a Staff Sergeant. After his discharge, he commercial fished in Alaska and Washington, and then went to work on the Alaska Pipeline. There he ran bulldozer and worked as a Berth Operator in Valdez until his retirement in 1993. In retirement, he enjoyed living in Alaska and RV'ing in Alaska, Washington, California and Arizona.
He was a member of the Elks, the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
His family said he was an independent spirit with a generous heart. He lived his life with gusto and will be missed by all who knew him, they said.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Anderson.
He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence and Kenneth Hansen, and Marlene and Al Sivertsen, of Juneau; nieces, Karen Anderson Caindec, of Kentfield, Calif., Susan Anderson, of Anchorage, Chris Tatham, of Juneau, and Heather Bunnell, of Wasilla; nephew, David Hansen, of Juneau; and many other great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
An informal graveside service will be at 2 p.m. July 7 in Wrangell. Interment will be at his mother's grave site in the Old Wrangell Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to The Stikine Inn, 107 Front St., Wrangell, for coffee and dessert after the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.