Former Juneau and Sitka resident Charles F. "Chuck" Stedman, of Sacramento, Calif., died Nov. 25, 2007, of lung cancer at Sitka Community Hospital while visiting for Thanksgiving with relatives. He was 76.
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He was born May 16, 1931, in Sacramento, the son of Kenneth E. and Georgia Mae (White) Stedman.
After his father's death, he and his siblings were raised in California by his grandmother. When he was 13, he and an older brother were sent to Petersburg to live with an aunt and uncle.
He attended high school in Petersburg but returned to California his senior year to graduate. During the Korean War, he served as a corpsman aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship Haven, off the coast of Korea.
He met and married Ann Harrigan, of Sitka, while both were in the Navy. After being discharged, they returned to Sitka in 1954. He worked for Alaska Coastal Airlines from 1955 to 1969 and managed the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge in Juneau, Sitka and California, in the 1980s.
He worked in construction until his retirement. Family members said he was an excellent golfer who loved fishing in Alaska. But his primary love was basketball and the friends he made while playing for the Sitka Alaska Native Brotherhood team.
He was active in Sitka city league basketball as a player and referee. He was a key player in the certification of the Southeast Alaska Basketball Referees Association. He played softball, oftentimes in rubber boots, and coached American Legion baseball. He was a volunteer with the Sitka Fire Department and lifetime member of the Sitka Elks Lodge.
After moving to California in 1977, he returned to Alaska in the summers to fish with his brother in Sitka and daughter in Kodiak. He was very proud of his 12 grandchildren, who always brought a smile to his face.
"Chuck will always be remembered for his great laugh and sense of humor," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou (Hall) Stedman; sister, Georgia Ann Moore; and brothers, Albert "Dick" Stedman and Robert Trant.
He is survived by his son, James M. "Mike" Stedman, and wife, Lori Stedman, of Juneau; daughters, Patricia Stedman, of Anchorage, Cindy (Stedman) Landenberger, of Sitka, Pamela (Stedman) Murray and her husband, Mike, of Kodiak, Kelly (Stedman) Conway and her husband, Mark, of Bellevue, Wash., and Jennifer and Effie Stedman, both of Sacramento; step daughters, Debra Voth and Susan Voth, both of Sacramento; step son, John Voth, of Sacramento; brothers, Jack Stedman, of Anchorage, Kenneth Stedman and his wife, Bonita, of Sitka, James Burton and his wife, Sue, of Clear Lake Oaks, Calif., and Carl Burton and his wife Mary, of Danville, Calif.; and sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Baldwin and her husband, Bill, of Ogden, Utah.
A memorial service was held Dec. 1 at the Sitka Elks Lodge. A memorial also will be held on Dec. 15 in Sacramento.
Honorary pallbearers are Sam Martin, Bill Lowrence, Herb Didrickson, Gil Truitt, Jon Calhoun, Bob Reid and Gene Riggs.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Sitka Community Hospital.