Lifetime Juneau resident George Danner Jr., 89, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
He was born in Juneau on Dec. 28, 1914, to Rosa and George Danner, who immigrated from Kirschean, Germany, near Munich. His only sister, Rosa, was born in 1915. He grew up helping tend the cows and deliver milk with his parents and his sister on the family dairy. He attended St. Ann's School and graduated from Juneau High School in 1934 in a class of 28 students. He visited his grandmother in Germany in 1925 for the summer and came back speaking German so well he felt like he had to learn English all over. He attended the University of Washington to study architecture and joined the ROTC.
He married Mabel Louise Nelson (Mabes), a co-worker from Las Vegas, N.M., in December of 1941. He returned to Juneau after the war and worked for Juneau Dairies until it closed. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in drafting and map-making from the 1950s until the mid-1970s.
He enjoyed taking his kids and other family friends boating, fishing and camping.
He returned to his grandmother's house in Germany in 1999 to visit the cousins who live there now. He fished in every Golden North Salmon Derby except the year of his heart attack, when he had to sit out on the docks while Mabes took in fish for the cause. In 2004, he was the King of the Pioneers and won the honor of oldest fishermen in the Salmon Derby.
He participated in Lion's Club and Boy Scouting for years. He helped document Juneau's past with members of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society.
His family says, "George was a thoughtful friend, a loving father and grandfather, and a kind human being and will be remembered fondly as time goes by."
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabes, who died in 1988.
He is survived by his daughter, Linnus; his son George (aka Tracy); five grandchildren, Ryan McPherson Danner, Jamie Grace Barlow, Robyn Barlow, Jim Danner and Lisa Flores; and two great-grandchildren, Dominic Flores and Sara Grace Danner.
He will be interned in a private ceremony. The family would like to invite any interested members of the community to attend a memorial and celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, in the Treadwell Room at Baranof Hotel. Lunch will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation at 3230 Hospital Drive, Juneau, AK 99801.