Former Juneau resident Lawrence P. "Rex" Nerger died Oct. 6, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. He was 51.
Born April 11, 1958, in Stockton, Calif., he moved to Juneau with his parents and siblings when he was 6.
He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1976, joined the Laborers Union and began his career as a driller and powder man working on the North Slope and in Southeast Alaska. Because of medical issues, he retired and moved to the Seattle area. With his constant companion - his dog, Mick - he explored much of the Pacific Northwest.
He is survived by his mother, Fran Chase, of Marysville, Wash.; father, Bob Nerger and his wife, Jo, of Gustavus; sister, Bobbi Nerger of Tacoma; brother, Chuck Nerger and his wife, Shelly, of Mill Creek, Wash.; nephews, Chad, Stephan and Elijah Nerger, of Mill Creek, Wash.; step-brother, Michael Chase and his wife, Laurie, of Portland, Ore.; step-sister, Julianne Chase and her husband, Kevin Patton, of Bremerton, Wash.; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
As per his wishes, no service will be held. His ashes will be spread in Alaska at a later date. His family may be contacted at 6038 S. Bell Street, Tacoma, WA, 98408.