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)

Richard Steele Sunde

Richard Steele Sunde, a fourth-generation Sitkan and former resident of La Conner, Wash., died April 10 at his home in Waikoloa, Hawaii, after a long, beautiful hike to the North Kohala beaches.
The family will hold celebrations of his life in his three homes (Hawaii, La Conner, and Sitka) at later dates this summer.  In the meantime, the family is encouraging all those who loved Rick and were impacted by his life to gather, share stories, and honor his life.
Rick was born on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1970, in Sitka, the son of Dick and Sandi (Clayton) Sunde and joined older sisters Kristin (Sunde) Nichols and Stacey Sunde.  In 1980, Rick, his sisters, and their mother moved to Mukilteo, Wash., where he attended school until he returned to live in Sitka with his father Dick, step-mother Elaine, and step-siblings.  Rick graduated from Sitka High School in 1988 and later returned to Washington and settled in La Conner, where he lived until last August when he moved to Hawaii in order to fulfill his quest for physical and spiritual health and healing. The culmination of Rick’s year-long journey was his water baptism in Hanalei Bay on March 11, 2014.
Rick was graced with an enormously generous heart, love and compassion for everyone he met, and a wild and quick sense of humor.  He lit up the room with his smile and the twinkle in his eye, and loved to tell a good story, even if it was at someone else’s expense. He was given a unique gift of bringing people together through love and laughter and became an inspiration for many through his own personal journey through life.
“Dickie,” as he was known to many family members and friends, had a fascination with and love for nature and the outdoors. Whether it was fishing in Alaska, flying above the Skagit Valley, or hiking the beaches and valleys of Hawaii, it was here where Rick’s spirit was most alive and content.
Rick leaves behind a large and loving family and extended family which includes his friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Sunde (May 2013). Rick is survived by his mother, Sandi (Clayton) Frank, step-father Darrell Frank, step-mother Elaine Sunde, and by his five siblings, Kristin Nichols (Debbie), Stacey Sunde, Allen (Laura) Mann, Brian (Susan) Mann, and Lisa Mann Perkins as well as by nieces and nephews Angie Nichols (Kristin), Sophia Grace (Stacey), Daniel and David Mann (Allen), Nicholas Mann (Brian), and Hannah and Ella Perkins (Lisa).
Rick also is survived by his uncles Steele and Billy Clayton, and aunts Dorothy Parshall, Mary Lou (Harvey) Davis and numerous cousins. He also leaves behind his loving girlfriend Damarys Santana. Rick also leaves a host of lifelong friends whom he considered to be part of his extended family. 

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