Posted: Friday, December 01, 2000

Elmer Landingham

Longtime Juneau resident Elmer Landingham died Nov. 19, 2000, while on vacation in Austin, Texas.

He was born May 8, 1930, in Yakima, Wash., to Loran and Viola Landingham. His family moved to Seattle in the mid-1940s where he attended high school and college. He earned a degree in art from the University of Washington.

He worked for Boeing on the production line and as an artist preparing drawings of newlydeveloped aircraft. He moved to Juneau with his family in the early 1960s and worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service as a scientific illustrator until his retirement in 1993.

He learned to fly as a teen-ager and had a lifelong interest in planes and flying. He piloted his Luscombe throughout Southeast Alaska and as far south as Mexico. He owned a Lake Amphibian and a Tri Pacer Floatplane, which he used to explore regional lakes and especially enjoyed flying with friends and family.

His family wrote that he was a skilled craftsman and woodworker, and a keen observer of people. He enjoyed writing, boating and sailing. He loved animals, especially his golden retrievers Tisha and Angel, and Smoky and Trouble.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Joyce Landingham of Juneau, stepdaughter Heidi Porth (and Roland) of Austin, Tex., stepson Dana Gnagy (and Barbara) of Georgia, former wife Jackie Richard of Washington, children Sue Sims (and Jay), Brian Pringle (and Elise) of Juneau, Kathy Clemons of Wasilla, 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild, his brother Ray Landingham (and Nancy) of Utah, brother David Landingham of Idaho, his aunt Delores Spickler (and Keith) of Oregon and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Loran, and his brother Lawrence "Sonny" Landingham.

A service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Chapel by the Lake, and burial will be at Alaska Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801, or Discovery Southeast, P.O. Box 21867, Juneau, AK, 99802.

Curtis Harden

Juneau resident Curtis Harden, 67, died Nov. 10, 2000, in Seattle.

He was born Oct. 1, 1933, in Louisiana. He served in the Army in Germany and with a military police unit in Detroit. He lived in Fairbanks for many years before moving to Juneau in 1972.

He was trained as an emergency responder with the American Red Cross and worked with the Alaska Division of Emergency Services, and he was deployed on floods and other emergencies. He also worked as a railroad employee, locksmith, security guard and tour bus driver.

He enjoyed singing the blues, playing guitar, reading, ham radio operation and visiting with his friends. He helped organize the Switzer Village Security Patrol. He was interested in learning and studied religion and ministry, private investigation and computers.

He was an active life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Taku Post 5559, and was active in the Alaska State Defense Force. He retired with the rank of major and as commander.

He is survived by his daughter Share Hamilton and grandson Coy Hamilton of Fairbanks, and other relatives in Louisiana.

A private service was held at the VFW Post. Memorials may be sent to Veterans of Foreign Wars, Taku Post 5559, P.O. Box 20170, Juneau, AK, 99802-0170.

Jolie Sasseville

The family of Jolie Sasseville would like to include the following address for memorial donations: Elise Epperson Scholarship Fund, Security State Bank, 128 Washington Ave. East, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537. For more information call 789-2847. A full obituary for Jolie Sasseville ran in Thursday's Juneau Empire.

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