Elijah 'Eli' Sharclane Jr.


Posted: Friday, November 14, 2003

Elijah "Eli" Sharclane Jr., 71, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Juneau at Wildflower Court.

He was born Nov. 23, 1932, in Hoonah. He was Kagwaantaan from the Wolf House and a child of the Coho Clan.

Sharclane, more popularly known as "Spoon," spent his whole life in Hoonah. He was a fisherman, logger, construction worker and school janitor.

"Eli enjoyed humor," his family said. "Whenever his clan brothers teased him, he would come back with his favorite slang, 'jeh.' "

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah Sharclane Sr. and Hazel Sharclane; Evangeline from his first marriage; son, Eli; and tribal members, Maude Austin, Jimmie Martin, George Dalton Sr., Annie James and David James.

He is survived by wife, Grace Sharclane; son, Darrel Sharclane of Hoonah; daughters, Donna James, Hazel Shorty and Nellie Sharclane of Juneau; stepdaughters, Maxine Brown, Josephine Knudson, Betty Ann Murphy, Corrina Beltz and Joanna Wolfe of Hoonah; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; clan family members, Kagwaantaan Leader Herman Kitka of Sitka and Kagwaantaan Clan Mother Violet James of Juneau; uncles, Frank White Sr., Paul White Jr. and Ronald Austin of Juneau; and aunt, Millie Jack of Hoonah.

The pallbearers will be Andy Wolfe, Victor McKinley, Mike Knudson Jr., John Hillman, Thomas Jack Jr., Louie White, and John Marvin.

John Martin Sr., Kenneth Grant, Frank O. Williams Jr., Ronald Williams, Al Martin, William Davis, Albert Dick, and Paul Rudolph Sr. will be honorary pallbearers.

A funeral service and memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the ANB Hall in Hoonah. A reception hosted by ANS Camp 12 will follow immediately after interment.

A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Alaskan Memorial Park in Juneau.

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