Robert Holm Pilcher


Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Juneau resident Robert Holm Pilcher, 93, died Nov. 28, 2005, of bile duct cancer at his home.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Douglas Island Bible Church.

He was born Aug. 8, 1912, in St. Louis Park, Minn., to Franklin Preble Pilcher and Lily Etta Holm Pilcher. He lived in Seattle from 1944-1959, where he was regional chief crew scheduler for Northwest Airlines. He moved to Juneau in 1959 and worked for both the IRS and the Alaska Department of Revenue. In 1978 he retired and built a 41-foot troller, the "Eddysez" (named after a very quotable friend, Eddy Forsman), fulfilling a lifelong dream by becoming a commercial fisherman. Taught by his good friend Joar Savland of Hoonah, Bob fished quite successfully for seven years. He then retired and became the Valley Auto Parts "delivery guy" for his son Jeff's business.

He married June Elaine Anderson in Minneapolis in 1938 and was widowed in January 1985. At age 84 he was baptized in the ocean at Wailea, Maui. In 1997 he married his son Charles' mother-in-law, Lora Mae Bourland, of Kirkland, Wash. Since then they have been active members of Douglas Island Bible Church.

Family members said, "He enjoyed fishing, travel to Hawaii and other parts of the world, cribbage and enthralling family and friends with fascinating tales of his life's many experiences."

He first took his family to Honolulu in 1955, on an Northwest employee "pass," just for the Thanksgiving weekend. His many trophies in both regional and national cribbage tournaments attest to his skill. He placed nationally at age 85 and was the Juneau Club champion at age 90.

He is survived by his wife, Lora Mae; two sons, R. Jeffry (Leanne) Pilcher of Juneau, and Charles A. (Barbara) Pilcher of Kirkland, Wash.; grandchildren, Greg and Collin Pilcher of Juneau, Jeffry Pilcher and wife Tina of Seattle, Teague Pilcher of Kirkland, Wash., and Marquel (James) Kress and her children Trenton, McKenzie and Claire of Bothell, Wash.; his brother, Don Pilcher of Chuluota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

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