Juneau resident Joseph Charlie Bennett Sr. died on Sept. 9, 2002, at his home in Juneau.
He was born Jan 1, 1918, to Charlie and Annie (Johnson) Bennett. He was chief of the Raven Clan/Raven House in Angoon. His Tlingit name was Yaathl' Na Woo, referred to as the Daisheetaan Clan, also known as Raven/Beaver Clan.
He was a lifetime fisherman who operated many seiners such as June K., Arline, Pelican, Pan Alaska, Nancy J., and Cherokee Maid. He belonged to the Kootznoowoo Corp., Sealaska Corp., Goldbelt Corp., and the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council. He was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, IRA council member, and was the Tlingit-Haida Central Council 1995 tribal host in Seattle.
He belonged to many churches such as Glacier Valley Church of God, Bethel Assembly of God, Angoon Presbyterian, and Juneau Presbyterian Northern Lights. He worked various jobs as a construction worker and for Reliable Transfer, and at the AJ Mine.
His family said he loved to play basketball and was a basketball coach.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers James, Paul and Thomas Bennett.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alice (John) Bennett; daughters Arlene (and husband Walt) Adams, Josephine Rhyner and Myra Dore; sons Joseph Jr. (and wife Arlene), Gerald (Arlene), Robert (Wilma), Bertrand, Walter and adopted grandson Andrew Green; sisters Elsie John; Margaret Gamble; Harriet Chilton; June Pegues; 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews; nieces and close friends.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council building. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Glacier Valley Church of God.
If you would like to send your condolences, cards or messages please send to: Bennett Family, 1736 Glacier Ave., Juneau, AK 99801, or call (907) 586-2004.