Joe L. Chase

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Former Juneau resident Joe L. Chase died July 25, 2003, at his home after a long illness.

Joe was born in Burlington, Wash., on Feb. 22, 1924. The son of Fred H. and Gladys S. Chase, Joe attended Burlington-Edison High School before joining the U.S. Navy in May 1944.

Joe and his first wife, Marie C. (Maistorovich) Chase, were married in Milwaukee, Wis., and soon moved to Seattle, Wash., where they had a daughter and a son.

After working for Todd Shipyard and Boeing in Seattle, Joe began a career that spanned 30 years. He worked for the federal government in Alaska.

Joe moved to Juneau in July 1969. He remained in Juneau for the next 11 years, holding several positions including housing officer. He retired as supervisory contract administrator in July 1980 after 26 1/2 years with the BIA.

In 1976, Joe married Francille B. (Lawrence) Nerger and became the stepfather to a daughter and two sons. After their retirement, Joe and Fran moved from Juneau to Puget Sound in Washington state. Joe and Fran moved to the Skagit Valley in Washington state in 1990.

Joe was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Sitka, Juneau and Mount Vernon, Wash. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. While living in Juneau, Joe was inducted as an honorary member of the Tlingit tribe.

Joe is survived by his wife, Fran Chase; daughter, Julianne Chase (Kevin) Patton of Seattle; son, Michael (Laurie) F. Chase of Portland, Ore.; stepdaughter, Bobbi (Dave) Arndt of Tacoma, Wash.; stepson, Lawrence (Rex) Nerger of Belfair, Wash.; stepson, Chuck Nerger of Edmonds, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Winnie D. Harner and Kathi Macari of Dana Point, Calif., and brother-in-law, Dick Lawrence of Smokey Point, Wash.

He also is survived by six grandsons, Sean Joseph (Renee) Chase of Ames, Iowa and the U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Va.; Ian Carey and Jaime Chase of Anchorage; Elliott Lee Chase of Portland, Ore.; Chad Nerger of Edmonds, Wash.; Stephan Nerger of Edmonds, Wash., and Elijah Nerger, Big Lake, Wash. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Abigayle and Olivia Chase of Ames, Iowa, Angelin Whitney, Eric, Jacob and Eden Marie Chase of Anchorage, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. Friday at Burlington Cemetery, 1183 Gardner Road, Burlington, Wash.

Floral remembrances may be sent in care of Hawthorne Funeral Home at 1825 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, Wash., 98273; phone, (360) 424-1154. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW or Hospice of Skagit County.

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