WEATHER TRANSMITTING – Geologist Ronald Daanen, with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, sets up a weather station on Harbor Mountain Friday. Daanen was working to get the station to communicate with the U.S. Forest Service building on Halibut Point Road.  When in operation the station will record temperature, snow depth, wind direction, precipitation, ground moisture content -- information that will be part of a landslide warning system being developed. Members of Sitka Mountain Rescue hauled the equipment up the mountain Thursday after weather kept the U.S. Coast Guard from using a helicopter for transportation. The Sitka Sound Science Center is coordinating the landslide studies being conducted by a group of researchers from various institutions funded by the National Science Foundation. DGGS asks that people not go too close to the station as it will interfere with its ability to collect and transmit information. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Services For Daniel Rear To be Nov. 4

Daniel George Rear

    A celebration of the life of Daniel George Rear will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Assembly of God. A time to share memories and company will follow.
    A graveside service will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Sitka Memorial Park.
    Dan died Oct. 13, at the homestead on the Taku River. He was 75.
    He was born March 7, 1943, in Portland, Maine, the son of Gertrude (MacMillan) and George Rear.
    He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, and on March 29, 1970, he and Clara Trillingham were married in Juneau.
    He was a commercial fisherman, trolling and longlining; and hauled freight on the landing craft. He served in the National Guard in California.
    The family lived in Pelican for 12 years before moving to Sitka in the fall of 1988.
    Dan enjoyed playing golf, and subsistence hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Sitka Moose Lodge.
    Dan was a devout Christian, a loving husband and nurturing father. He loved his family and the church, and witnessing for Jesus.
    He also enjoyed spending time at his cabin on the Taku River.
    His family said he is missed by the many people who loved him, “but we are comforted knowing that he loved us  and that he is now rejoicing with Jesus in Heaven.”
    Dan was preceded in death by his son, Kyro.
    He is survived by his wife, Clara Rear, daughter Tammy Wheeler and her husband Jeff Wheeler, son Kenneth Rear and his wife Debbie, daughter Sarah Nelson, son Joziah  Rear, son Thelton Rear and his wife Kacie, son Simeon Rear and his wife Chantel, daughter Kristina Rear, son Joshua Rear and son Stephen Rear, all of Sitka, and son David Rear of Seattle; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    His brother John Rear and his wife, Anna-Marg of Juneau; sisters Louella Nelson and Grace MacMillan, both of Orange County, California; and his mother-in-law, Wilma Trillingham, of Port Angeles, Wash., also survive.
    Members of his family will be pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Sitka Assembly of God.

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