Joseph Henry Paddock

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

Joseph Henry Paddock, Tleineek' of the LukaaX.adi Clan, 99, died on July 22, 2003, in the Pioneers' Home in Sitka.

Born on June 8, 1904, at Excursion Inlet, he was one of 12 children born to William Henry Paddock of Indiana and Anna Tagcook from Haines. He attended Sheldon Jackson School through sixth grade and worked at many jobs and logging camps around Southeast Alaska and Juneau.

He married Elizabeth Mary Cropley in Juneau on Sept. 8, 1934. He worked as a pilebuck, then owner/contractor of Cropley Construction Co. In 1939, he moved his family to Pelican, where he was instrumental in the beginnings of the community and helped build the flume, dam, and many docks and boardwalks through the years. He lived in Pelican until 1982, when he and his wife moved to the Pioneers' Home, returning to Pelican for summer visits.

Along with Walter Soboleff, Ray Paddock and Tom Paddock, he was one of the original founders of the Tenakee ANB Camp No. 76. Grandchildren remember him paying their annual membership dues and explaining the importance of this organization.

Family members said he loved to cook and became well known for his smoked and pickled fish following his retirement. His unique processing of all traditional foods was shared with family and friends.

"He loved to tell stories and believed that family, friends and a good sense of humor were life's greatest gifts," said a family member.

Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Mary, and daughter, Vivian Ann Max.

He was survived by his brother, Raymond E. (Edna) Paddock of Tenakee; children Charles "Snuffy" (Mary) Paddock of Haines, Bill (Ude) Paddock of Pelican, Caroline "Babe" (Claude) Odell of Pelican and Roxanne E. (Dennis) Houston of Sitka; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Roscoe Glenn Max, William Joseph Paddock, Dennis Leonard Houston, Martin Paddock, Tom Paddock Jr., and Joseph E. Paddock. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Paddock, Victor Stepenanenko, Steve Young, John Howard, Jim Allen, Glen Howard, Claude K. Odell, Dennis Houston Sr., Roscoe H. Max Jr. and Carl Anselm Sr.

Services were held on July 26 at the Sitka Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Walter Soboleff officiated.

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