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Fenton Dennis Jr.

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2004

Former Juneau resident Fenton Henry Dennis Jr., 69, died Dec. 1, 2004.

He was born in Juneau on Sept. 27, 1935, to Virginia Moy and Fenton Dennis Sr. He was Eagle, Kaagwaantann, Kook Hit from Sitka, Dakl'aweidi yadi from Skagway.

He lived in Sitka from 1946 and attended Sitka schools and Sheldon Jackson School. He was a proud member of the 1954 SHS All-Alaska high school state champion basketball team. He attended Sheldon Jackson Junior College and college in Alma, Mich., before he became a certified public accountant.

He worked at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital for 15 years and for Alaska Pulp Corp. for 10 years as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Juneau and Sealaska Timber. He retired to Anchorage around 1993.

He was an enrolled citizen of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska and Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and a shareholder of Sealaska and Shee Atika corporations. He also served on the board of directors for Shee Atika.

A proud member of the American Legion Post 13 in Sitka, he served his country in the United States Marine Corp from 1956 to 1959.

Known for his love of sports, he enjoyed bowling and being a basketball referee. He was most proud of a 300 game he bowled in Sitka. He bowled in leagues in Sitka and Anchorage. He was a referee for the Sitka Referee's Association with other professionals such as Larry Trani, Gerry Helland, Roger Howard and the late Ray Ozawa. He loved hunting and fishing and played the trumpet and saxophone. Brother Gary remembers asking his big brother to play "Taps" over and over.

He is survived by his children, Virginia Burger of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jeff Dennis; mother and father, Virginia and Walter Moy of Sitka; brother, Gary Moy Sr. of Sitka; Marjorie Hamre of Billings, Mont.; aunt, Dorothy Dennis of Skagway; uncle, Ike Cropley of Juneau; aunts, May Cropley and Kathy Dennis of Juneau; his grandchildren, Amanda and Zachary Dennis of Howell, Mich.; as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends in Southeast Alaska and Anchorage. He was a godfather to Charity Goddard-Smith of Sitka.

A graveside ceremony was held at the National Cemetery with a reception at the American Legion Hall. Honory pallbearers were Herman Davis, Archie Nielson, Donald Didrickson, Richard Hanson, Sam Martin, Willis Osbakken, Frank Dennis, Sonny Cropley, Bert Kirkman, Herb Didrickson, Bob Edenso and Charles Paddock. Pallbearers were Keith Perkins, Gary Moy Jr., Bob Kirkman, Paul Hill, David Burt Roberts and Tim Twitchell.

Condolences, cards and remembrances may be sent to Virginia Moy, 301 Marine in Sitka, AK 99835.



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