Former longtime Juneau resident Russell L. Stevenson died Aug. 13, 2007, at his home in Yuma, Ariz., after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 66.
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He was born March 16, 1941, in Stanwood, Wash. Shortly after, the family moved to Alaska and lived in Sitka, Hoonah and Juneau. After attending Juneau-Douglas High School, he joined the U.S. Army and served at Fort Greeley. Upon returning to Juneau from the service, he met and married his wife on June 18, 1962. He later served four years with the Juneau unit of the National Guard.
In his early years, he worked for Marshall Erwin at Case Lot Groceries and was instrumental in the opening of the first IGA store in 1964 in the Mendenhall valley. He later worked for Foodland Supermarket. He retired from the state of Alaska Weights and Measurement Division in 1997.
For several years, he coached Little League baseball teams. He was a member of the Juneau Elks Lodge 420 and Moose Lodge.
He loved the waters of Southeast Alaska, said his family. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed the time he spend on the family boat, the Essie Too, they said.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Esther Stevenson; sons, Michael Stevenson and his wife, Janice, of Juneau, Kevin Stevenson and his wife, Jessica, of Wasilla, and Dan Stevenson and his wife, Tonya, of Juneau; brothers, Bob Stevenson and his wife, Donna, of Juneau, and Paul Stevenson and his wife, Kay, of Missouri; grandchildren, Jenifer Renee, Samantha-Jo, David Russell, Krystie Lee, Emily Beth, Devin Troy and Taylor Leigh; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, LaClaire Harcort Stevenson; mother, Alice Gertrude Jacobs; sisters, Carol Stevenson and Tony Bergman; nephew, Robert "Robbie" Alan Stevenson; and mother-in-law, Effie Harvey, of Douglas.
A celebration of life for family and friends will be announced at a later date. Esther Stevenson can be contacted through her sons or at 5266 E. 34th St., Yuma, AZ 85365. Donations in his name may be made to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Ave., Yuma AZ, 85364-5517, or to a charity of choice.