GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Charles N. Natkong Sr.

Charles N. Natkong Sr.


Services for Charles N. Natkong Sr. will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the ANB Founders Hall. A luncheon will follow.
    Charles passed away peacefully in his sleep July 14 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 88.
    He was born Nov. 17, 1929, in Hydaburg, the son of Jessie (Neal) and Frank Natkong. He graduated from Wrangell Institute boarding school in Wrangell and attended college at Sheldon Jackson in Sitka and the University of Alaska, in Fairbanks.
    He worked for Sealaska Heritage Institute in  Juneau in the 1990s and helped develop the Haida dictionary.
    Charles served in the U.S. Army for 28 years, and was a member of the Green Berets Special Forces. He was in Vietnam for 11 months, and in Korea for 13 months. He retired as a command sergeant major.
    He loved all the military holidays, and would wear his Green Beret uniform for special occasions.
    Charles had moved back to Sitka from Hydaburg in January 2016.
    Survivors include his daughters, Jessie Anna Natkong of Sitka and Lillian Rose Young (Rodie) of Juneau; grandchildren Rose Anna Willard, Raven Natkong and Jessie Young, all of Juneau and Erika Lee (Natkong) Patton of New York; great-grandchildren Scott Patton Jr., Lilliana K. Willard and K’inchelyi M. Willard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    His brothers, Don Natkong Sr., Frank Natkong Jr. and Joe Natkong, all of Hydaburg, and his sister, Audrey McCormack of Everett, Wash.,  also survive.
    Honorary pallbearers will be Herman Davis, Foy Nevers, Charlie Skultka Sr., Bobbie Kirkman, Edward Peale Sr. and Dave Hill Sr.
    Pallbearers will be Keith Perkins, Ed Peele Jr., Ron Davis, Mark Davis, Sunny Davis and George Chappell.

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