ON THE SPOT – Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School students Kenny Helem and Alina Lebahn answer geography questions this morning during the final round of the National Geography Geobee. Alina won the competition when she identified Panama as the location of the Darien National Park. As the Sitka winner she will take an on-line test in order to travel to Anchorage for the state competition. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Thomas Widmark

Services have been scheduled for Thomas John Widmark, a U.S. Navy veteran and lifelong Sitkan.
    A military graveside service will be held noon Monday, Jan. 9, at Sitka National Cemetery. Afterward, a luncheon will be provided at the ANB Hall.
    Bus service will be provided for the elderly. Up to 13 passengers will be picked up at the ANB Hall at 11:30 a.m., and returned to the hall following graveside services.
    A private viewing for the immediate family will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Prewitts Funeral Home.
    Tom died Dec. 30 at his home. He was 57.
    He was born Dec. 21, 1954, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He was  baptized as a Presbyterian.
    He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 10, 1972, and was an engine mechanic on the USS Gridley. His tour of duty ended Aug. 1, 1975.
    Tom was employed at Alaska Pulp Corp., Sitka National Historical Park, Arrowhead Taxi and Sitka Taxi. He was a member of American Legion Post 13.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Julia and Lawrence Jonathan Widmark, and Thomas and Charlotte Young; his mother, Pearl Dick; brother, Charles Widmark; nephew, Michael Widmark; and by an aunt, Winnie Brenner.
    He is survived by his father, Lawrence A. Widmark Sr., stepmother Frances Widmark Sr.; brothers Woody Widmark and his wife Jeannie of Sitka, and Clifford Edenshaw of Anchorage; sisters Frances Widmark Jr. and Sally Gregory of Anchorage, and Stephanie Edenshaw of Sitka; nephews Robert Widmark and Lester Widmark of Sitka, and Tony Pruss and Chad Cushin-Edenshaw of Anchorage; nieces Tara Edenshaw and Michelene Edenshaw of Anchorage and Beverly Chartrand of Sitka; and aunts and uncles, including Eric Widmark of Seattle.
    Numerous cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews and uncles also survive.
    Pallbearers will be Lester Widmark, Mitchell Young, John Hammock, Clifford Edenshaw and Harvey Kitka.
    Honorary pallbearers are Ivor Maline, Jay Bingham, Earl Williams Sr., Harold Schaeffer, Terry Charles, Harold Kitka, Ray Nielsen, Charlie Daniels and Robbie Martin.
    Memorial donations may be directed to Woody Widmark, 444 Katlian Street, or Stephanie Edenshaw, 411 Marine Street, No. 1.

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