Kay Wilhelm Davidsen

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

Former Juneau resident Kay Wilhelm Davidsen, 92, died July 29, 2002.

He was born to Danish immigrants Valdemar and Elna Davidsen in Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 26, 1910. As a teen-ager he found his way to Ketchikan, where he met and married his first wife, Donna. He worked for Foss Tug and Barge. He lived in Southeast Alaska for nine years before going to Seward to dredge out the basement at the new dock that was being built.

His family said he was instrumental in the development of the Seward Highway, which eventually led to the "tent city" of Anchorage. He owned and operated a cabinetry shop for 26 years in Spenard before it became part of Anchorage. He left to be near his identical twin, Roy, in Seattle and opened a new shop. He retired from his shop when he was in his mid-80s. His last visit to Alaska was in 1999, when he took a cruise to Ketchikan and Juneau, then flew to Anchorage.

He was preceded in death by both parents; his first wife Donna; second wife Virginia; and brothers Paul, Walter, Pete, Carl and Roy.

He is survived by his sister Mariann; sons Rich; Don; Carl; daughter Karen Work; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services and burial were held Aug. 1, 2002, in Edmonds, Wash.

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