Sonny Enloe


Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2007

Former Excursion Inlet resident and longtime Sitka resident Sonny Enloe died unexpectedly Dec. 14, 2007, at his Sitka home. He was 59.

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Born on July 13, 1948, to Merle and Ida Enloe, he was a member of Kaagwaantaan Eagle Clan of Wolf moiety. In 2004, he was named house master of wolf house-Noble House.

He started fishing with his father when he was 4 years old. He was thrilled when he became the youngest skipper for Excursion Inlet Packing Co. at age 18. He operated his boat, the Alice H, for more than 20 years.

After his father retired, they became sports fishermen, refining the process of smoking fish. Some of the best times for the family were to sit around and listen to them argue about the right way to do it and whose tasted better.

He loved to commercial fish, but when he wasn't doing that, you could find him out fishing on the "Holy Cow" (Holokia) or on his skiff, the Double Trouble. Family members loved to listen to him and his friends on his assigned VHF Family Channel No. 80.

He was proud of his children and their achievements. He liked attending their school events, and this year, he co-coached his son's basketball team.

Family members said he had a diverse group of friends from all walks of life and was highly respected by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Greg and Rob Enloe; and a niece, Kelly Audette.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Nelson, and children at home, Laurel, Mariah and Nickolas; children, Renee Keller, and Rob, Rhonda and Robert Wheat; siblings, Merle and Cherle Enloe; grandchildren, Daniel and Samuel Enloe, Brandon Deluca and Josh Keller; nieces and nephews, Judi Vrieling and her husband, John, Rhonda Pennington and her husband, Steve Stiles, Paul and Deuce Audette, Pamela Nelson, and Nikki Bandy and her husband, Bill; his wife Glenda's family, mother-in-law Corrine Brown, brothers, Gene Nelson and his wife, Courtney, and their sons, Porter and Bodhi, Les Nelson, Christy Hower and Alberta Jones and her husband, Pete, and their son, Bruce; brother-in-law, Robin Bakke, of Homer; and numerous other family members from Alaska and the United States.

A memorial service was held Dec. 20 at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka.

In lieu of flowers, contributions for the children's education can be made to an account at First Bank. Anyone wishing to contact the family may e-mail or

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