Miles W. Almon

Skagway resident Miles Worth Almon passed away in Anchorage on Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 of diabetes-related conditions.
Miles was born in Seattle, Wash. on Nov. 29, 1954. His first 10 years were spent in Everett, Wash. he moved to Anchorage with his family in 1965, attending Turnagain Grade School and West Anchorage High School. An adventuresome individual, Miles moved around Alaska quite a bit – starting his working days at Anchorage Multiple Listing Service, spending several seasons on the North Slope, and then many years in Homer with his “A Smile Taxi Company.”
He moved to Skagway in 1994, where he realized that he was finally home. He worked as the friendly bartender, then during the tourist season owned and operated the friendly neighborhood store, The Pill Box, along with his wife Mary and their family of three cats and two dogs.
Miles, Mary and the entire family extend their heartfelt thanks to the entire city of Skagway for their sincere love and assistance during his long illness. Miles returned to Anchorage on Oct. 12 for medical reasons and was looking forward to returning to his home in Skagway. He will be sorely missed by his large, loving family and friends.
Miles is survived by his mother, Vera M. Almon of Anchorage wife and life partner, his beloved Mary Collecchi step-daughter Miranda Collecchi and step-son Kyle Collecchi; brothers and families of William F. and Joanne Almon, Craig, Lisa, Anne and Seth; William C. Almon of Yakima, Wash.; James W. and Karen Almon, and Ashley of Seattle; sister Barbara Ingram and son Paul of Anchorage; uncle Clifton Parshall and family of Centralia, Wash., aunt Lucille Parshall and family of Seattle; aunt Dorothy Parshall and family of Seattle; aunt Jessie Bruce and daughter Sandra Stevens of Tacoma; and an enormous extended family throughout Alaska.
Services were held at the South Church of Christ in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 26, and a reception followed. A memorial service will be planned for his Skagway family when his wife returns home. – Submitted by the family