Walter L. Greaves

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

Walter L. Greaves died Oct. 10, 2001, in Salt Lake City, Utah, of a cerebral aneurysm. He was vacationing with his family.

Greaves was born Nov. 29, 1939, to Walter Lester and Estelle (Judge) Greaves in Providence, R.I.

After a distinguished career in the U.S. Army, Greaves moved to Juneau in 1972 to work for Livingston Copters. He worked as a commercial helicopter pilot for more than 28 years and was designated a distinguished pilot after having logged 25,000 hours of continuous safe flight time. He also received many national, state and local awards in 1993 for an emergency rescue he performed off the coast of Nome in the Bering Sea.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he enjoyed woodcarving, photography and watercolor painting.

Greaves was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother Warren Greaves and his wife Marilyn, Mackinaw, Ill.; aunt Claire Taylor, Rancho Bernardo, Calif.; niece Whitney Kelly and her husband James, Hermosa Beach, Calif.; niece Michelle Rathbun and her husband Michael of Hopedale, Ill.

A military memorial service will be held Nov. 2 in San Diego, Calif. A memorial service will be held in Juneau at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Era Aviation heliport on North Douglas Highway.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New York Police and Fire Widow and Children's Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 3713, Grand Central Station, New York, NY, 10163.

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