October 1922 - January 2013
Vernon Grisham passed away on January 5, 2013 at the age of 90.
Vern was born on Halloween, 1922 on a farm near Talhequah, Oklahoma. As a farm boy growing up in the depression, he learned mechanical skills on tractors and Model T cars. He would use his mechanical skills that he learned at an early age, for the rest of his life.
Vern served in U.S. Marines for 14 months during World War 11 in the Pacific Theater, working in the Motor Pool.
After returning from the war, he helped his family on the farm. In 1954 he married his wife of 43 years, Margaret Church. At that time, he had his own route picking up milk for Pet Milk Co.
In 1967, Vern and Margaret decided to take their three children to Alaska. He worked for the White Pass & Yukon Route until his retirement in 1993.
He always had a little garage on the side. Many local residents brought their broken vehicles for him to fix. This gave him an opportunity to meet people, visit and tell stories, which he always loved to do.
In 2006, Vern and Margaret moved to North Dakota to be closer to hospitals and family. Vern finally got his wish to be back out in the country and to watch the animals, which he enjoyed so much.
He will missed as he left a footprint in all of our lives.
Vern was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret in 2007, and his son, Michael in 2011.
He is survived by his daughter Sandra (Joe Bellamy) of Farmington, BC , daughter Marilyn (Jim Hamilton) of Bismarck, ND; grandson Jamie and Shauna Westfall with great-grandaughter Reghan of Rota, Spain; granddaughters Marcie Grisham and great- grandson, Kaden of Auburn, Wash. and Brittany (Ian Shulte) and little great- grandaughter, Anna, of Federal Way, Wash.
– Submitted by the family
Former Skagway resident Bert Bounds received his wish to die at home in Whitehorse on December 27, 2012 surrounded by loving family members. Bert’s family was very important to him. He leaves behind his wife, Janice Lattin and son Bart Bounds (Kate Mechan) of Whitehorse, his daughter Brandie Bounds (Jason Borst) of Skagway, his son Tony Bounds of Anchorage and his daughter Monica Webber of Omaha, sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
We will all miss him, and he will be thought of with much love.
The family would like to thank Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. Kanachowski, the Yukon Home Care Team, and the Medicine Chest Pharmacy for the exceptional care and attention that was given to Bert during his illness.
There will be no service at Bert’s request. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
– Submitted by the family