Former Juneau resident Howard "Howie" Kenneth Croken, 90, died Feb. 18, 2002 in Bellevue, Wash.
He was born June 14, 1911, in Seattle, Wash. He graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle in 1929 and from the University of Washington in 1957. He married Loretta Lynch Croken on Nov. 30, 1937, in Juneau. He served as a first lieutenant in the Army in Alaska, Japan, Germany and Louisiana from 1928 to 1953 and received medals for his service in World War II. He later worked in the Health Department from 1957 until he retired as a health inspector in 1976.
He enjoyed golf, hiking, fishing, bowling and trips with his many friends.
According to his family he was a kind and gentle person. He also enjoyed reminiscing about being the last person to swap stories with Will Rogers and Wiley Post as they stayed the night at his radio communications post on the Aleutian Islands just before their deaths in a plane crash.
His wife died in May 1982.
He is survived by his daughter Beverly A. Relf of Bellevue, Wash; sister Vivian Renshaw of Juneau; brother Robert E. Croken of Mukilteo, Wash; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A family service with military honors was held at Mount Tahoma National Cemetery following his death.
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