PIPING POINTERS – Bagpiper Adam Smith, with the Seattle Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums, gets an assist from Baranof Elementary School first-grader Eleanor Ebanks this afternoon at the covered area on the school playground. The Seattle band has become an integral part of the Alaska Day festival, performing at schools and in the parade during the day and at downtown venues at night. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

John Gassman Services to Be Held on Sept. 1




John William Gassman, a longtime Sitka resident, died Aug. 21 at his home in Sitka, surrounded by his family.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church with a reception to follow in the Church Hall.
 John was born Oct. 2, 1943, in Eugene, Ore., the son of William and Ruthellen Gassman.
John and Jan Davies were married  on Sept. 20, 1969, in Seattle, Wash. John visited Sitka at least twice a year and liked it so much he and Jan  moved here in 1973.
He loved to golf and his favorite place to golf was on the Big Island in Hawaii with T. Cole, also of Sitka.
John held a few different jobs throughout his time in Sitka. He worked for the Alaska Pulp Company for 20 years, and when the mill shut down in 1993 he was the Wood Room foreman.
John also giving visitors tours of Sitka, and worked many years at Sitka Tours as a tour guide and doing ferry pick-ups.
Finally, John worked for Alaska Airlines for 12 years as a ramper, in Operations, and as a Customer Service Agent.
John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ruthellen Gassman, and a son, Gregory Gassman.
Immediate survivors include his wife, Janet Gassman; son Ted Gassman and his wife Lisa; son Michael Gassman and his partner Karleen Leighton; granddaughter Emma Gassman; mother-in-law Megan Davies of Vancouver Island; brother Richard Gassman and his wife Terri of Portland, Ore.; sister Carol Gassman of Springfield, Ore.; nieces Gwen and Julianna and their families; brother-in-law Alan Davies of Anchorage; nephews Shawn and Roben Davies and their families; and numerous cousins and their families.

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