Peter Charles Warner


Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Former Juneau resident Peter Charles Warner died July 8, 2007, in Delray Beach, Fla.

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He was born in 1921 in Los Angeles and raised in Juneau. After graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1939, he attended Oregon State College, earning a business degree. Following his parents' death, he turned his family's South Franklin Street machine shop into what was later known as Warner's Marine located at Warner's Wharf.

He is a past president of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, member of Juneau City Council, lifetime member of Juneau Elks Club, Juneau Yacht Club and Pioneers of Alaska. He continued to support Juneau as the capital city through funded improvements.

His parents were Charles and Aline (Rosenburg) Warner. His father is remembered for supervising the construction of Salmon Creek Dam.

He is survived by his daughter, Lianne Coates and her husband, Darryl; sons, Loren and David Warner; grandchildren, Stephen and Nathan Underwood, Adam Underwood and his wife, Kathy, Ashley Coates, and Rachel and Samuel Warner; eight great-grandchildren; former wife and continued close friend, Audrey (Feero); stepsons by his late wife, Lorene (Krause), Stan, Kurt and Bill; and stepchildren by his late wife, Betty (Mason), Daniel and Janice.

His family wrote: "He treasured his family and friends and was loved by many. As a young man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and writing. One of his more memorable hunting trips published in Alaska magazine's Selected Alaska Hunting and Fishing Tales (reprinted from Alaska Sportsman May 1952) was called Bucks and Ducks at Gambier Bay. He exclaimed, 'How lucky we are, we who live in Southeastern Alaska! Few of us would trade our heritage of wilderness mountains and sheltered waters.'

"As an avid outdoorsman and traveler, he loved life and lived it to the fullest. His love to entertain and have a good time led him to play Chief Klake in the beginning days of Hoochinoo and Hotcake and clear many a dance floor as he tangoed with his partner. Whether it is hunting, fishing, boating or an occasional hug, he created many a fond memory for his children, grandchildren and friends. He will be missed."

As per his wishes, he did not want to have services, and his ashes will be scattered in the Juneau area by his family at a later date.

His family may be reached in care of Lianne Coates, 7360 S. Oriole Blvd., E-204, Delray Beach, FL, 33446. Donations in his memory to a hospice of one's choice would be appreciated.

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