Edward Kenneth Haffner

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002

Juneau resident Edward Kenneth Haffner died Dec. 16, 2002, surrounded by family at his home.

Haffner was born Nov. 30, 1926, in Tacoma, Wash. In 1935 he moved from Shelton, Wash., to Juneau, where he helped his family with its mink farm in the Valley. He attended St. Ann's Catholic School and Juneau public schools.

He served in the Army from 1945 to 1948. He was a commercial fisherman, mechanic, prospector, trapper, and retired international Union Operating Engineer of Local 302.

He married Joan Mielke in 1971 and they were happily married for 20 years. They loved fishing on their boat, the Mint, gambling in Nevada, and spending time with their grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife Joan, stepdaughter Nedria, parents Andrew and Blanche Haffner, and sister Irene.

He is survived by stepsons Max, Steve (Lisa), and Roy Mielke of Juneau, Bruce Mielke of Sitka, and stepdaughter Nadine (Al) Culbreath of Juneau, brothers Duane (Jewel), Mick (Marge), Robert (Judy), Ben (Roberta), all of Juneau, sisters Vernice Kirchhofer of Juneau, Florence (Mark) Floreske of Ashdown, Ark., and numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial potluck will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 4 at Chapel by the Lake.

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