Longtime Juneau and Idaho Inlet resident Rodney Peter Selvig died Oct. 21, 2009, in Meadow Vista, Calif. He was 65.
He was born May 12, 1944, in Pierre, S.D., to Howard and Edna Selvig. He graduated from Pierre High School in 1962.
Shortly after, he married his first wife, Jane Walker, and moved to Juneau in September 1964. They sold everything, bought a new truck, and drove the Alaska Highway with their new baby in a Chiquita banana box, ready to start a life full of excitement and adventure. He worked at Glacier Village IGA as the meat department manager for several years before working as a carpenter and then eventually his favorite career as a commercial fisherman. His boats included the Little Jane, Ol' Adios, F/V SeaHawk, F/V AB&G and F/V Deanna Jo. He was an avid hunter, river-runner and fisherman; he loved living in Alaska and the lifestyle it afforded.
In the summer of 2000, he married his friend and love for the rest of his life, Marilyn Bell. He died of a heart attack while cutting down trees to build an addition to the deck at their winter home in Shady Pine near Meadow Vista. Maybe he got just a little too upset that the chainsaw wasn't working hard enough! He believed in working hard and he loved his family. He has been a friend to many and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Marilyn Bell and her family; brother, Marcus Selvig and wife, Mary, of Riverton, Wyo., and their family; son, Rockwell Selvig; daughter, Krisi Hicks and husband, Dale; daughter, Sarah Selvig and partner, Brad Baker; grandchildren, Megan Eagle and her sister, Jessica, Jacob Campos, Ryan Hicks, Naavah Spady and Genevieve Selvig-Baker, all of Juneau.
A celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hangar Ballroom. All friends are welcome and invited to share stories of their adventures and misadventures with "Captain Rod." Next summer, a spreading of his ashes will take place at the home of his heart, "Nip & Tuck," in Idaho Inlet.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice and Homecare, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK 99801, or The Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau, PO Box 20092, Juneau, Alaska 99801. A collection will also be taken at the celebration to add his name to the Commercial Fishermen's Memorial.
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