Joe Nakamura Jr.

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Juneau resident Joe Masaaki Nakamura Jr. died Aug. 10, 2009, in Juneau. He was 78.

He lived in Juneau more than 60 years and retired in 2005 from his job working as a custodian for REACH. Previous jobs he held were in construction labor, longshoreman and skipper on a seine boat. He was an avid basketball player and enjoyed playing pool with his buddies.

He loved all of his family, they said. If they were far away, he would stop by to visit them in his travels. He served in the National Guard at Angoon for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Masaaki Nakamura Sr.; mother, Bessie Nakamura Williams; sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Martin Johnson; brother-in-law, Don Krug Sr.; brother, Mack Nakamura Sr.; and grandson, Charles Lee Nelson.

He is survived by his daughters, Ida Jack and husband, Willie Jack Jr., of Angoon, and Debbie Jim and husband, Frank McCluskey Sr., of Angoon; sisters, Josephine Zeller, of Juneau, and Elizabeth Krug, of Arizona; brother, Frank Nakamura and wife, Ruth, of Everett, Wash.; son, Ray Lindoff, of Juneau; grandchildren, Jared Jack, Makayley Johnson, Mary Johnson, Keirston Johnson, Frank McCluskey Jr., Jacob McCluskey, Katherine Nelson, Louise Jack, Aliana Nelson, Jessie Nelson, Briana Johnson, Cassidy Jack and Ray James Castillo; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Alfred Nakamura, Matthew Nakamura, Mack Nakamura Jr., Joshua Zeller, Jim Zeller, Randy Dennis and Norman Nelson Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are Roy Dennis Jr., Jerome Dennis, Ray Lindoff, Norman Nelson Sr., Frank McCluskey Sr., Wille Jack Jr., Frank Jim, Harold Demmert, Edward Gamble Sr., Norman Demmert, Walter Soboleff, Cyril George Sr., Ernie Nakamura and Peter Demmert.

Memorial and funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, and at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Thunder Mountain Church of God.

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