Juneau resident John R. "Jack" Jewell, 78, died Aug. 6, 2003, in Seattle, Wash.
He was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Wallowa, Ore. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950 and graduated from the University of Washington in 1956. He lived and worked in Idaho and Oregon for many years before moving to Juneau in 1987.
Jack was active for many years in the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was past worthy president of La Grade Aerie No. 259 in La Grande, Ore. He was instrumental in founding Aerie No. 4200 in Juneau and served with distinction, including worthy president. He was also an advisory board member of the Juneau Senior Citizen Center until his death.
Family members said, "He enjoyed working with his hands, always making and rebuilding things. He was the go-to guy for friends for advice from plumbing to sewing. In the summer, he could be found moonwalking at the many activities about town."
He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Dollie, and his parents, John R. and Lelia Jewell.
He is survived by his daughters, Carol Graham, Elizabeth Landvatter and Laurel Carlton, all of Juneau, Barbara Druesedow of Nikiski, and Leslie Frey of Eagle River; grandchildren, Jason and Dillin Graham, Malyssa Roche and Mikaella and Emma Landvatter, all of Juneau, Michelle Howe and Joseph and Travis Druesedow of Anchorage, Cecelia Frey of Eagle River, Christopher Druesedow of San Diego, Calif., David Roche of Portland, Ore., Josie Webb of Soldotna, and Alexis Landvatter of Fort Bragg, N.C.; 11 great-grandchildren, his sister, Lois Ellen Parrish of Juneau; his niece, Judy Trotter of Seattle, and his nephew John Parrish of Seattle.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the scholarship fund of the Juneau-Douglas Aerie No. 4200, 2055 Jordan Ave., Juneau, AK 99801.