PRE-FLIGHT – Hawlet Cohen, 11, warms up at the Sitka Cirque studio as gymnasts stretch in the background Wednesday. Students from Sitka Cirque and the Sitka Gymnastics Academy will present a joint show 3 p.m. Saturday at the 207 Smith Street studio. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

‘Buddy’ Widmark Graveside Service Scheduled Dec. 29

Lawrence Alfred “Buddy” Widmark Sr., a U.S. Army veteran and lifelong Sitkan, passed away at his daughter’s home on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. He was 89.

A viewing for family and friends  will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec., 29, at Prewitt Funeral Home. A graveside service with color guard will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Sitka National Cemetery.  A luncheon will be provided at the Sitka American Legion Post 13. 

Buddy was born May 1, 1927, in Juneau, the son of Lawrence and Julia (Parker) Widmark Sr. He was Raven of the Deisheetaan/Beaver clan.

Buddy retired from the Alaska Lumber & Pulp. He also worked as a longshoreman; drove cab; and worked at various other occupations. 

Buddy was a lifetime member of  Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 1; and Sitka American Legion Post 13. He coached Little League in his early years and was nicknamed “coach.”

He also was an avid fisherman.

Buddy will be dearly missed by all the people who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Benson) Widmark Sr. (Edenshaw); his parents Lawrence and Julie Widmark; his sisters, Florence, Irene, Annette, Georgiana, Agnes and Winnie; his daughter, Beverly Widmark; his sons, Anthony Edenshaw, Randy Edenshaw, Perry Edenshaw, Thomas John Widmark and Charles Andrew Widmark; daughter-in-law Agnes “Jeannie” Widmark; and grandsons Anthony “Tony” Pruss and Michael John Widmark.

He is survived by his daughters, Frances Widmark, Sally Gregory, Stephanie Edenshaw (Tara and Michelene); and sons Clifford “Chad” Edenshaw of Anchorage, Lawrence “Woody” Widmark (Robert and Lester) of Sitka and Anchorage. Numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins also survive.

Pallbearers include Tracy Shaffer, Lester Widmark and Keith Perkins.   Honorary pallbearers include Harold Kitka, Charlie Daniels and Gil Truitt.

Memorial donations and condolences may be sent to: Sally Gregory or Frances Widmark Jr. at: 905 West 29th Place, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.


Arrangements are with Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

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