A long time Alaskan pioneer, Bryce J. Mielke, died June 22 in Craig at age 86 after an extended illness.
He was born in Oshkosh, Wis. June 14, 1924 and came to Alaska in 1928 with his parents and two brothers, Ralph and Dave. Another brother, Glen, was born in Juneau in 1930.
Bryce graduated from the Fifth Street Juneau High School in 1942.
He was a World War II veteran with service in the Aleutian Chain as Sergeant and skipper on an Army crash boat that rescued downed aircraft pilots in the North Pacific. After an honorable discharge from the Army in 1945, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the boat Ranger 9 as skiller in the Ketchikan and Craig area.
He married Florence Huston in Craig in 1950. They owned many small business establishments in the Craig area. Bryce was also a commercial fisherman. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and art.
Bryce is preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Dave and two stepsons of Florence. He is also preceded by Florence, his wife of 60 years.
He is survived by his brothers Ralph of Juneau and Glen of Haines. Bryce has numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and stepchildren in Juneau, Craig and Anchorage.
He was laid to rest in Craig with military honors.