Longtime resident Nick Kokotovich, died Nov. 9, 2004, at his home in Juneau, surrounded by his family.
He was born in 1926 in Minnesota. He moved to Alaska at the age of 24, and it became his home.
He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman during World War II from 1945 to 1946. Afterward, he spent many years working construction out of Laborers Local 942. He worked on roads, mines and dams. His projects ranged from the White Pass and Yukon Railroad at Skagway to the North Slope pipeline. Other jobs included road projects in Juneau, Valdez, Ketchikan, Sitka, and the Snettisham dam.
He married Vivian on Dec. 31, 1969. After retirement he spent time clearing snow around the neighborhood and picking blueberries with grandchildren.
His special interests included an early career in basketball, playing in the 1956 Gold Medal basketball finals for the Haines Athletics team. He enjoyed visiting with friends, studying the lotteries, and listening to country music. He was an accomplished conversationalist with many interests.
One in-law said, "You never knew what you would end up talking about - runaway taxes, the lottery, the possibility of a tram up Mount Juneau with a hotel at the top, or the blueberry crop." He was adopted into the Killer Whale Clan Fin House out of Klukwan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Miladin and Katherine Kokotovich; brothers, Pete Kokotovich and Marion Kokotovich; and son, Tony Kokotovich.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian Kokotovich; brother Sam Kokotovich; and children, Nicholas Kokotovich Jr., Fred Stevens Jr., Angela Wyatt, Lisa Fisher, Vicki Stroh, Katherine Kokotovich, Judson Kokotovich, Sam Kokotovich, Selina Kokotovich; and nine grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15 at the Northern Light United Church with a reception to follow. All friends and family are invited to attend.
Honorary pallbearers include Cyril W. George Sr., Patrick Owen, Ole Taug Jr., Fred Hopkins, Charles Williams, Tom Paddock, Flore Lekanof Sr., Austin Brown, Richard Beasley and Edward Kunz Jr.
Active pallbearers include Ole Taug III, Isaiah "Hosaiah" Campos, Josh Moeser, Grady Fisher, Bill Ehlers, Freddie Hopkins, Michael Beasley and Clint Watanabe.
Ushers include Robert Hughes, Thomas Hughes, Tony Tompkins, Alex Fisher and Nicholas Kokotovich III.
The family may be contacted at 9466 Eagle St., Juneau, or by phone at 789-3429.
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