Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2000

Myrtle Marie Edwards

Longtime Skagway resident and former Douglas resident Myrtle Marie Edwards died Oct. 30, 2000, in Juneau. She was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Skagway.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Skagway. A full obituary will follow next week.

Vern V. Hirsch Jr.

Juneau resident Vern V. Hirsch Jr. died Oct. 29, 2000, in an automobile accident in Vancouver, Wash.

Hirsch was born Nov. 22, 1942, in Dothan, Ala., to Anabelle and Vern Hirsch. He moved to Juneau at age 10 in 1953. He graduated from JuneauDouglas High School in 1961 and remained active in class reunions and other social events.

He graduated in 1965 from Oregon State University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and went on to earn a master's degree in construction engineering from Stanford University and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Alaska. His professional registrations include Alaska Civil Engineer in 1969 and Alaska Land Surveyor in 1972.

He worked for 33 years for the Alaska Department of Transportation. After his initial work as a highway designer and Southeast district reconnaissance engineer, he worked as a project engineer on a variety of projects including the replacement of the Douglas Bridge, the design of the Ketchikan shipyard for maintenance of Alaska Marine Highway ferries and the Southeast shore facilities of the ferry system. In 1986 he became the statewide shore facilities engineer. Since retirement in December 1998, he assisted the city of Homer in obtaining a new city dock and as a grade inspector on the runway improvements at the Juneau Airport.

He was active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, whose national conference he was attending during the time of his accident, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was active in the Democratic Party, in the Juneau School District parent groups and as a parent representative on the new high school planning committee, and as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Susan, and sons, Ken and Bob, of Juneau; mother, Anabelle Hirsch of Junction City, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Bonnie Hirsch, and nieces, Vivian and Jilynn Hirsch all of Eugene, Ore.

His family wrote he was a devoted father and was always there for his sons and other kids who frequently stopped by. His wit and direct manner will be particularly missed.

There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m Saturday at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th St. There will be a viewing for friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaskan Mortuary & Memorial Park. The family requests donations be made in his name to the Leukemia Society of America, National Office, 600 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016 or to the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation, c/o AEEF Executive Director, 2064 Belair Dr., Anchorage, AK 99517.

The family can be contacted at P.O. Box 20597, Juneau, AK, 99802 or at their residence, 414 9th St., Juneau.

Ronald Glen Olson

Former Southeast resident Ronald Glen Olson died Oct. 18, 2000, in Poulsbo, Wash.

He was born Aug. 18, 1960, in Juneau. He attended grade and high school in Poulsbo and spent many years based out of Gustavus where he moored his boat when he was not fishing or crabbing.

His family wrote that with a ready laugh and stories galore, he was a joy to all who knew him. However, he also suffered much pain in the past two years. He quoted the Bible with ease.

He is preceded in death by his mother Genevieve White Olson; and family members Bill and May (Parker) White.

He is survived by his father Leonard and brother Ernest, who may be reached at 459 NW Lofall Road, Poulsbo, WA 98370; Dorothy DeBoer of Bellvue, Wash., Alice Ackermann of New Mexico, William White of Gustavus, Henrietta House of Snowhomish, Wash., Edward White of Chehalis, Wash., Charles White of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Anne Gregg of Juneau, their spouses, and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial services were held Oct. 26 in Washington and Oct. 27 in Gustavus.

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