EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Services to be Dec. 10 For Jeffrey Alan Grun

Jeffrey Alan Grun

Jeffrey Alan Grun, loving son, brother, and uncle, peacefully passed away on Nov. 26, 2018, in Meridian, Idaho. He was 38 years old and his body and spirit had finally succumbed to a lifelong battle with Type 1 diabetes.
Jeffrey was born in Aberdeen, Washington, Sept. 28, 1980. As a young man, he was very involved with youth sports, including basketball, football and baseball. At age 12 he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which was to become his biggest opponent in life.
Jeff graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1999. He went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Washington State University in 2004. During his years at WSU he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. After graduation, Jeffrey was employed by numerous financial institutions in Washington and Idaho, eventually finishing his banking career in Boise, Idaho.
During his summers, Jeff assisted his family in his mother’s fishing business in Sitka. There he met the only love of his life, Norma Jean Johnson, a native Sitkan. Norma and Jeff shared great love of each other, and of life. They moved to Meridian in 2010, where they continued to prosper.
Norma unexpectedly passed away in 2015, and from that sad time Jeffrey faced continued struggles. He was involved in two seizure-related single-car accidents that left him broken.
He bravely continued on with these struggles through the end of his short life. However, in these tough times Jeffrey had many family and friends to ease these struggles. He had the best care and love in the world with his mother’s Meridian residence.
“Jeff was a gentle, kind soul and his presence in our lives will never be forgotten,” his family wrote.
Jeffrey is survived by his mother, LaVonne “Vonnie” Grun, and her husband, David McGonigal, of Sitka and Meridian; father, Gregory Grun, and his wife, Ann Grun, of Hoquiam; sister Christine Grun McGraw of Sitka; brother David Grun and his wife, Joelle, of Tumwater, Washington; brother Tim Grun of Upland, California; two nieces and one nephew, Cadance McGraw, Colton McGraw, and baby Chayse Grun; and most loving grandmother, Eileen Schmidt, of St. John, Washington, where Jeff spent many years visiting.
Jeff left on his mother’s side of the family his uncle Gene Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, of Farmington, New Mexico, and their children, Tony and his wife, Megan, and their baby Rosemary, and Kris (Jeffrey’s true best friend); uncle Mathew Simek of Gig Harbor, Washington, and his daughters Sarah and her husband, John Fitzpatrick, of Los Angeles, California, and Erica and her husband, Ben Sloniker, of Moscow, Idaho, and Jennifer and her husband, David Hunt, and baby Oliver of Seattle; aunt Joanne and her husband, Jerry Hartman, of Issaquah, Washington, and their children Andrew, Seth and Nyan; aunt Arlene Schmidt of Middleton, Idaho; and cousin Ariana Schmidt of Nampa, Idaho.
Survivors on his father’s side are uncles Brian and Vicki Grun of Hoquiam, and their daughter, Jessica Grun, and Bruce and Debbie Grun of Aberdeen, Washington, and their children Chelsea and Kenny; and stepsister Karinna Jones Ianello and her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Penelope.
Preceding Jeff in death were his maternal grandfather, Elmer Schmidt; aunts Sandra Schmidt and Theresa Schmidt Simek; uncle Bill Schmidt; and cousin Mark Simek.
Preceding in death on his father’s side were grandparents Kenneth and Barbara Grun; and great-grandparents Elmer and Olga Haaseth, who simply loved Jeffrey.
On the final weekend of Jeff’s life, he travelled to Pullman, Washington, in a motor home with his family to get to see his beloved W.S.U. Cougs play in one more “Apple Cup.” Jeffrey had a wonderful, unforgettable time with his grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces. He got to spend one more fun-filled weekend with his best buddy and cousin, Kris.
Jeffrey peacefully passed shortly after his return to Idaho. As Jeffery would always say, “Go Cougs!”
A graveside service will be held 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Hoquiam cemetery. A luncheon will follow. Remembrances may be left on Jeff’s webpage at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation.

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