Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Erik J. Kveum

Hoonah resident Erik Kveum died Sept. 6, 2000, in a fishing accident off the coast of Yakutat. He was 21 years old.

He was born July 19, 1979, in Seattle, the oldest of three children born to Jon and Sandra Kveum of Hoonah. His early years were spent between his family home in Woodinville, Wash., where he attended school, and summers at Excursion Inlet and Hoonah. In 1993, his family moved to Hoonah, where he attended high school and graduated in 1997. He attended Bellevue Community College, then returned to Hoonah. He was salmon fishing aboard the Island Queen with family friends Dick and Melissa Moller, and planning on ministry training.

His family wrote he was blessed with numerous talents. He was musically gifted, comical in dramas and had the desire to bring people closer to the Lord. They wrote that he was an inspiration to others.

He is survived by his parents, his brother Sean, sister Sara, all of Hoonah, his grandparents Martha and Harry Kveum of Bothell, Wash. and grandfather Herman Walters of Mesa, Ariz.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hoonah High School gym. All are welcome to attend. Remembrances can be sent to Hoonah Youth Ministry, care of Hoonah Assembly of God, Box 429, Hoonah, AK, 99829.Christian Patrick Austin

Craig Allen Kirk

Juneau resident Craig Allen Kirk died Sept. 8, 2000, in Juneau at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The cause of his death was liver disease.

He was born Nov. 5, 1952. His family resided in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He spent his childhood in Mt. Vernon and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. He joined the Air Force in 1971, and after being discharged, moved to Ft. Meyers, Fla. where he worked in retail management. He moved to Juneau in 1997.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Dovi, and other grandparents, his father Ivan J. Kirk, stepmother, Laura Rose Kirk, and his brother and sister.

He is survived by his mother Valeta Pratt of Douglas, his brother Michael Lynn Kirk and his niece Christina Marie Kirk both of Cape Coral, Fla.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Alaska Mortuary.

Christian Austin

Juneau resident Christian P. Austin died Sept. 6, 2000, in Juneau. He was born Dec. 25, 1949, in Hoonah. He was of the Eagle Thunderbird clan and his Tlingit name is Kux ka Tun.

He attended Juneau-Douglas High School. He studied diesel mechanics at Breckenridge Technical in Kentucky, Seward Skill Center, and in Portland, Ore. He was a certified diesel mechanic.

His family wrote that he enjoyed his work, that he was always willing to help others and he especially enjoyed getting traditional Tlingit foods for the elderly. He enjoyed his Native heritage. As a child he spent time with his grandfather, Robert Austin, (a former chief of the Thunderbird Clan) to learn fishing and how to live off the land.

He is survived by his mother, Lillian Osborne Austin; brothers Edward Austin Jr. of Anchorage, Raymond and Gerald Austin of Juneau and John Austin of Seattle; sister Marina Austin of Juneau; grandmother Ida Kadashan of Hoonah; as well as aunts, uncles and extended family members including Betty Govina of Juneau, Ronald Austin of Juneau, Mildred Jack of Hoonah, Francis See of Juneau, Anita Lafferty of Juneau, Marjorie Garrison, Leona Williams, Ben Bailey of Juneau, Marina Miller of Sitka, Margaret Stevens of Klukwan, Rusty and Margaret Osborne and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Steve and Edward Austin, Romero Lemus, Adrian D'cafango, Paul Joseph, David Sheakley, and Kindeshaun Austin. Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Garrison, Norman Williams, Jake and Jerry White, Joe Kahklen Sr., David Light, George Light, Charlie Bennett and Ben Bailey.

Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Thursday at the ANB hall and 2 p.m. Friday at Northern Lights United Church.

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