CEREMONIAL START – Officials break ground for the 9-mile road to Katlian Bay project Tuesday afternoon. Pictured are, from left, D. Lance Mearig, DOT&PF Southcoast Region Director; Rachel Roy, Sitka Chamber of Commerce executive director; Perry Edwards, U.S. Forest Service Sitka  district ranger; Garry White, executive director of Sitka Economic Development Association; Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman; Ken Cameron, Shee Atika Inc. CEO; John MacKinnon, Alaska DOT commissioner; Mayor Gary Paxton; and Kerry Kuenzi, president of K&E Alaska Inc. (Sentinel Photo)

Norman Michael Howard

Norman Michael Howard


Services for Norman Michael Howard, a former resident, will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Following interment at Sitka Memorial Park, a potluck luncheon will be held at the ANB Hall.
    A memorial service will be at  4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at St. Michael’s.
    Norman died May 13 in Sitka of congestive heart failure. He was 41.
    He was born Oct. 15, 1976, in Sitka and lived here until moving to Juneau in December 2006. He was a graduate of Sitka High School.
    In Juneau he was a cook for Alaska Salmon Bake restaurant until 2014, and worked as a janitor at Tlingit & Haida Central Council from 2016 until his death.
    Norman liked riding bikes, listening to music, playing video games, cooking, and movie quotes. He loved spending time with family and friends.
    He was a loving, caring, open, inspiring, brave, strong, and a great cook and baker. He was a hard worker, good listener, good adviser and independent, his family said.
    “He always made everyone laugh,” they said. “He knew how to have a good time.’’
    Norman was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Marie Howard; brother Evan Marshall Smith; and his maternal grandparents, Norise J. (Hanlon) and Joseph E. Howard Sr.
    He is survived by his sister, Christine E. Smith (Patrick Dement) of Juneau; nieces Alicia Marie Smith and Scarlette-Rainy Dement-Smith, all of Juneau; son Randy Kinville of Sitka; and adopted father Norman Smith of Hoonah.
    Pallbearers will be Charles Lang, Ken Nielsen Jr., Christopher Jackson, Tony Hammock, Jeff Young, Dallas Peavey, Harry Lysons and Mark Davis.
    Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Nielsen Sr., Jeff Nielsen, Clyde Bartels, Frank Osborne and Douglas Bartels.
    Memorials may be given to his sister his sister, Christine E. Smith, or Prewitt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bev’s Flowers, marked for Norman Howard’s service.


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