James Donnelly

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2008

Longtime Sitka resident James Edward Donnelly died Sept. 19, 2008, at his home in Sitka. He was 76.

He was born Aug. 2, 1932, in Haines, the son of Lee and Dora (Johnson) Donnelly.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1960.

He had lived in Sitka for some 55 years, working as a fisherman, laborer and a truck driver. He retired from Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium as a truck driver in the 1960s.

Among his favorite past times were seeing and being with friends, traveling and attending such events as the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau.

He was a 55-year member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Dora Donnelly; a son, Lee E. Johnson; brothers, Joseph Allen Donnelly and Robert Lee Donnelly; and a sister, Cecelia Klanott.

He is survived by a son, James E. Donnelly Jr., of Haines; a daughter, Roberta M. Donnelly, of Craig; a brother, Wilbur Donnelly, of Juneau; grandchildren, Aaron J. Wilson, of Fairbanks, and Justin B. Henricks and Lindsey R. Hoffman, both of Craig; and a nephew, Jeff Klanott, of Klukwan.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 26, at Sitka National Cemetery. The American Legion will conduct the service.

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