Vernon Knuthson


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Longtime Juneau resident Vernon Eugene Knuthson died Nov. 24, 2007, at Sitka Community Hospital after a short illness. He was 87.

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He was born June 19, 1920, in Sacramento, Calif., to Charles and Evelyn Knuthson.

He first came to Alaska at Sitka in 1941 but was drafted shortly thereafter, returning to California. He served with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre during World War II.

He married Betty Marie Hamby on Dec. 4, 1946, and moved permanently to Juneau in 1948.

He worked in the downtown office of Alaska Coastal Airlines until the company merged with Alaska Airlines. He remained with them until his retirement in 1965. His second career was as purser with the Alaska Marine Highway System, serving on all the ships and retiring from the LeConte.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, traveling with his wife and grandchildren throughout Southeast on their boat, the Betty K. He also enjoyed hiking with his dog on local trails.

He was preceded in death by his wife and brother, Alvin Knuthson.

He is survived by his sons, Tom Knuthson, of Juneau, and Jim Costa and his wife, Pat, of Long Beach, Wash.; grandsons, Ethan and Mason Knuthson, of Juneau; granddaughters, Dawn Voss and Dina Gregg and her husband, Randy, of Juneau; three great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, John Hamby, of California, and Richard Haitt, of Anchorage; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At his request, no services are planned. His ashes will be scattered at Fresh Water Bay.

Donations in his name may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth St., Juneau AK, 99801, or a charity of choice.

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