Juneau resident Howard Beaver, 72, died Aug. 30, 2003, in Juneau.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Church of God - Glacier Valley, 8497 Thunder Mountain Road.
He was born Nov. 24, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Howard and Pauline Beaver. He spent most of his childhood in Southern California. A summer job with the Forest Service at the Los Padres National Forest in 1949 led him to the life of a forest ranger. He worked for the Forest Service in California, Washington, D.C., and Juneau and retired in 1986. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1953 to 1957.
He hunted and fished on his boat, the Keet. He was also a gunsmith.
"Howard was a true Alaskan sportsman," said a family member. "Anyone who has seen his handiwork or had the pleasure of owning or handling one of his rifles was always in awe of his woodwork and craftsmanship."
Family members said that many who stopped by Rayco Sales during his retirement years got a chance to swap hunting stories and get his advice on guns and outfitting for the field. The stories of his adventures as a ranger and hunter delighted all who knew him, his family said.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Anna Beaver (who he referred to as Anna B. or Kotgheeshaw) of Juneau; sister, Joan Digati; daughters, Laurie, Delores, Karen, Julie, Donna, Debbie, Darlene, Roxanna and Joy; son, Darren; and many grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org, or if you prefer, you can phone in your donation by calling (800) 342-2383 or mail to Always and Forever, Memorial and Honor Program, Attention: ADA Web, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.