Posted: Sunday, July 09, 2000

Betty Marie Knuthson

Longtime Juneau resident Betty Marie Knuthson died July 6, 2000, in her home after a short illness.

She was born Aug. 28, 1925, in Vale, Ore.

She married in 1946 and moved a year later to Juneau, where she worked as a clerk at Juneau Drug for many years. She loved fishing with her grandchildren, hiking, gardening, traveling and cooking for her family.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years Vern Knuthson, sons Jim (and wife Pat) Costa and Tom Knuthson of Juneau; grandchildren Dawn (and husband Rich) Voss of Prosser, Wash.; Dina (and husband Randy) Gregg, Ethan and Mason Knuthson, all of Juneau; brothers John (and wife Edie) Hamby of California; Richard (and wife Fran) Hiatt of Anchorage; brother-in-law Alvin Knuthson of California; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces in the Lower 48.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mike's Place in Douglas.

Her ashes will be scattered over her favorite hiking spot near Freshwater Bay.

Donations in her name may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Suite 100, Juneau, Alaska, 99801 or Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska, 99801.

Wheeler (Bud) Justice

Longtime Juneau resident Wheeler (Bud) Justice died July 2, 2000, in his home.

He was born Feb. 2, 1922, in Greasy Creek, Ky.

After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he moved to Juneau in 1949 where he worked for Alaska Electric Light and Power Co. until his retirement in 1984. He served the Juneau community as a volunteer firefighter in his early years and was a local business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for nine years and a member for 50 years. He also served as president of the board of directors of Bartlett Regional Hospital during the planning and early stages of building the medical facility. He held memberships at the Moose and Elk's lodges and was a former Exalted Ruler Elk.

His favorite pastimes were golf, fishing and bowling with his friends. He also enjoyed cooking and puttering around his workshop and yard. His family said he liked to create a safe haven for wayward animals and had a hat for every occasion.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred Justice and Sarah Ann Mullins; brother Preston and sisters Trudy, Crecie and Jenny.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Margaret Justice of Juneau; children Jody Epps of Texas, Jennifer Garcia of Oregon and Jeff Justice of Juneau; sisters Dickie Branham and Patty Chaney, both of Kentucky, and Dottie Wilborn of California; and grandchildren Chase, Morgan, Jasmine, Jacque, Jarred and Jameson.

A private family service was held July 5 at Alaska Mortuary and Memorial Park, where his ashes will be entombed. A wake or gathering of friends will be held at later date to celebrate his life.

Memorial gifts can be made to the charity of your choice. Cards and letters to the family can be sent to P.O. Box 32131, Juneau, Alaska, 99803.

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