Longtime Juneau resident Richard "Lips" M. Hotch Jr. died Oct. 16, 2008, in Juneau. He was 49.
Born Aug. 23, 1959, in Juneau, he grew up in the village of Klukwan where he attended grade school. His father coached the Klukwan Alaska Native Brotherhood basketball team, and Richard was one of the five sons who played basketball for their father.
He graduated from Haines High School in 1987 and was a longshoreman and gillnetter. He also was a shareholder of Sealaska and Klukwan Inc.
In his wildest dreams, he never dreamed he would one day watch his niece, Charis, carry on the Hotch tradition of basketball, his family said. He deeply admired the fact that the Hotch family had one heck of a basketball player in the girls' division.
"He was a brother, uncle and a friend who loved to joke around and be around when good things happened," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick Hotch Sr. and Rose Hotch; brothers, Roy Hotch Sr. and Larry Hotch Sr.; and sister, Harriet Hotch
He is survived by his sisters, Johanna Hotch, of Juneau, Trudy Erhardt, of Anchorage, and Connie Munro, of Juneau; brothers, Cliff and Ron Hotch, of Juneau, and Jeff Klanott, of Klukwan; several cousins from the Hotch family; aunts, Rachel Hotch, of Klukwan, Mayme Nickerson, of Klawock, Arlene Willard, of Klukwan, Ruth Lindoff, of Hoonah, and Katherine Shirley, of San Francisco; and uncles, Lawrence Willard, of Haines, Leonard and Marvin Willard Sr., of Klukwan, and Joe Hotch, of Haines.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Juneau Christian Center.
Pallbearers are Jason Hotch, Travis Hotch, Larry Hotch Jr., Levi Richard Hotch, Richard Clifford Mike Hotch and Charis Erhardt and Fritz Erhardt.