John “Pappy Brodersen
John aka "Pappy" Brodersen, 86, died at his home on April 17, 2013, in Skagway, Alaska.
John came to Alaska after 11 years with the Detroit Police Department to work for the Alaska Territorial Police when there were just 40 officers in the Territory. He retired from the Alaska State Troopers in 1979. In 2010, he celebrated 31 years of retirement after 31 years in law enforcement. Here was a man who KNEW how to retire.
He was an avid painter in oils and a fun cartoonist. He will be best known for his GREAT sense of humor and his preference for GOOD Scotch whiskey.
As one of his grand daughters said, "He married into a family and made it his own". With three married daughters, six grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson scattered from Fairbanks to Washington to Key West and Hawaii. He was everyone's favorite "Pappy.”
With wife, Barb, he spent the cold Februarys in Hawaii, twice canoed portions of the Teslin and Yukon rivers, and enjoyed the Days of '98 attire for every centennial in Skagway following their arrival in 1988. He proudly led the American Legion Color Guard in the Fourth of July parades as a World War II veteran.
John Brodersen is survived by all of us who knew and loved him. A memorial will be held in the auditorium of the Fraternal Order of Eagles on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. No need to dress for a funeral, John may not recognize you. Uniforms he will recognize.
– Submitted by the family
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