Christian F. Wyller

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Juneau resident Christian Frederik "Fred" Wyller, 70, died on June 30, 2003, at Wildflower Court after a lengthy battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at the Resurrection Lutheran Church.

He was born on July 17, 1932, in Juneau to Christian F. "Chris" and Mildred Abrahamsen Wyller. He graduated from Juneau High School in 1951 and attended Reed College for three years before transferring to Colorado School of Mines, where he received a bachelor's degree in geological engineering in 1958.

After college, he worked for two years in Texas before returning to Alaska. He worked for the Alaska Department of Highways in Fairbanks and Anchorage for several years. In 1968, while working for Numont Mining Company on Prince of Wales Island, he was the sole survivor of a helicopter crash that significantly altered his life.

He returned to work for the Department of Highways after recovering from his injuries. In the mid-1970s, he purchased and operated Basin Marine fuel dock in Aurora Harbor. For a number of years, he owned and lived aboard his two boats, first the Fjord and later, his pride and joy, the Fair Lady, which he had built from the keel up in Seattle.

Later, he retired, sold the Fair Lady and moved into what had been his parents' retirement home on Fritz Cove Road. He lived there until shortly before his death.

He was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, the Pioneers of Alaska and the Sons of Norway.

He is preceded in death by his parents; aunt, Margaret Berlin; uncle, Ray Abrahamsen; and great-nephew, Rheid Bucich.

He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Gordon) Evans; nephew, Erik Evans of Juneau; niece, Kari (Ken) Whitney of Tacoma; great-niece, Helen Whitney; cousins, Art Abrahamsen of Moorhead, Minn., and Rae Rieke of Erie, N.D.; and numerous cousins in Norway.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104.

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