Juneau resident Elvin "Al" Sahlinger, 78, died June 22, 2006, at his niece's home in Kentfield, Calif.
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He was born April 30, 1928, in Wrangell, to Albert Sahlinger and Charlotte Blake.
He grew up in Wrangell and Haines. He served in the U.S. Army Arctic Test Branch in Big Delta, where he was a staff sergeant. After his discharge, he fished commercially in Alaska and Washington, and then went to work on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. There he ran a bulldozer and worked as a berth operator in Valdez until his retirement in 1993. In retirement, he enjoyed living in Alaska and driving his recreational vehicle in Alaska, Washington, California and Arizona.
He was a member of the Elks, the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
His family said, "Al was an independent spirit with a generous heart. He lived his life with gusto and will be missed by all who knew him."
He was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Anderson.
He is survived by his sisters, Florence Hansen and her husband, Kenneth, and Marlene Sivertsen and her husband, Al, of Juneau; nieces, Karen Anderson Caindec, of Kentfield, Susan Anderson, of Anchorage, and Chris Tatham and Heather Bunnell, of Juneau; nephew, David Hansen; and many other nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at a later date in Wrangell. Burial will take place at the Old Wrangell Cemetery.
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