Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson, Sr., 79, died July 28, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
He was born in Hoonah on June 9, 1923. His father was John Ben Peterson of Rody, Norway, who had immigrated to the Seattle area, traveled to Southeast Alaska in the wooden fishing vessel "Emma B," and then homesteaded in Gustavus. His mother was Phoebe Charles of Sitka. She was Kaagwaantaan (Kook Hit - Box House) of the Eagle Phratry. His mother died when he was a baby, and he was cared for by his maternal Aunt Ann (Charles) Keener and his maternal Grandmother. His Tlingit name is Kee kaaw wa Nook (roughly, "Eagle looking down from the top of a tree"). He was raised between Hoonah, Gustavus, Excursion Inlet and Juneau, alongside his brother William "Bill" Peterson and first cousins Pete and Joseph Johnson. He began working alongside his father at the age of seven in the sawmill and fishing industries. He began a career with Alaska Airlines when it was still Alaska Coastal, located in downtown Juneau. He retired as lead ramp crew boss at the Juneau airport in the mid 1980s. He served his country in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a decorated soldier and was offered and appointed to serve as Presidential Honor Guard. On October 10, 1948 he married his sweetheart Leadia Veronica Austin in Juneau. They parented 12 children. Leadia died April 25, 1967. Angle never re-married. For several decades Angle lived aboard the F/V "Emma B" in Aurora Harbor. After complications due to Alzheimer's disease took hold in the early 1990s, he lived with and was cared for by his children. In 1998 he became a resident of the Sitka Pioneer Home. In 2001, he became one of the first residents at Wildflower Court in Juneau.
His family said throughout his life, whether in health or illness, he made an indelible impression upon the people his life touched. They said he will be remembered for his ethic to provide for his family, his respect for life itself, and his will to live, regardless of the odds set against him. They said he will be remembered as an outdoorsman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his Aunt Ann Keener; brother Bill Peterson; cousins Pete Johnson and Joe Albyaldee; and son Alan Peterson.
He is survived by his children, Reginald Peterson, Angle Peterson Jr., Hedy Ann Peterson, Veronica Lee Peterson, Marcy Peterson, Johanna Alimorong, Kristeen Peterson, John Ben Peterson, Val Peterson, Elizabeth Sosa, Debra Peterson Raymond; cousin Joseph Johnson; and a large extended family including the Albyaldee, Marvin and Pratt families.
Services were held in Juneau on July 31, 2002, at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. Remembrances can be sent to P.O. Box 2425, Sitka, AK 99835.