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Arthur Clinton Teel died on Oct. 27, 2008. He was born in Anchorage in 1970. He came to Juneau at the age of 5 - weeks into the arms and hearts of his adoptive parents, Phil and Jean Teel and sisters, Tracy, Bonnie and Karla.
Over the years, Art or Artie, as he was known to his many friends, also had a chance to experience life in Roseburg, Ore.; Fairbanks; Fort Yukon; Seattle, Wash., as well as other towns and villages in Alaska.
He spent his time helping others and sharing experiences with his friends. He was always there when boats needed scraping and painting, wood needed to be cut and stacked, sheds needed rebuilding, homes needed remodeled or painted - almost no task was too much for him to lend a helping hand.
Teel loved the outdoors and was always up for a camping, hunting or fishing trip. He would spend weekends camping with his friends out at Bridgett Cove.
He struggled for many years with alcoholism and he kept trying to quit. His friends have commented how much they respect him for his strength to keep trying to quit, that he would try again and again - he didn't give up.
At the age of 20, he had the privilege of meeting his birth mother, Donna Horrace and his sisters, Jodi and Vanessa, as well as extended family.
He is survived by his parents, Phil and Jean Teel, of Roseburg, Ore.; sisters, Tracy Foster of Juneau, Bonnie Wilson of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, and Karla Stephens of Juneau; brothers-in-law, Gary Wilson and Tom Stephens; nephews and nieces, Tyler, Troy, Brooke and Paige Wilson; Isaac and BonnieJean Christensen; numerous aunts and uncles; birth family, Donna Horrace, Jodi and Vanessa. He also considered Lynn Coffee, a life-long friend, his sister.
A memorial service will be held at Valley Chapel, 9741 Mendenhall Loop Road, today, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. All family and friends are welcome and encouraged to come and share how their lives were touched by him.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either SEADOGS or the Glory Hole.