LAST DAY  – Blatchley Middle School eighth-graders sit on the bleachers with family and friends sitting around them Thursday during the annual Rights of Passage ceremony at the school. Students gave speeches and received certificates from principal Ben White during the program which marks the students' transition to high school. Thursday was the last day of school in the district.  (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Myron Wheeler

Memorial For

Myron Wheeler

To be March 2

 A memorial service for Myron Wheeler, a longtime resident of Sitka, will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.

Following the service, a potluck gathering will be held downstairs in Corrigan Hall. Friends of Myron are welcome to  are asked to  bring food to share.

Myron died Jan. 30, 2015, in Nome, where he had moved a few months earlier. He was 79.

Myron is remembered for his Native carvings, which were exhibited to locals and visitors. He shared his craftsmanship with many, including students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School where he taught carving in the evenings.

Myron, born Sept. 23, 1935, grew up in Teller and had lived many years in Sitka. He earned an Honorable Discharge from the Alaska Territorial Guard into which he had been drafted. He was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Sitka. He was referred to as the Dockside Ambassador, and as an auxiliary member he walked the docks often, inspecting recreational boats and offering safety tips to the public. He took a special interest in Kids Don’t Float Boxes and worked hard to assure they were in order. 

His was a large family, and survivors live around Alaska, and in Siberia.

“For those who knew Myron, we have lost a good friend,” one of his many Sitka friends said. 



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