February 1958 - February 2013
Samuel James Hoover was born on February 3, 1958 in the White Pass Hospital in Skagway and passed away on February 20, 2013 at his parents’ winter home in Arizona City, Arizona.
Sam attended Skagway Public School for all 12 years and then attended an auto mechanics technical school in Seward.
He met Linda Colleen Murphy in 1982 and married her in 1991. She predeceased him in March 2002; there were no children.
“Sourdough Sam” was a tour guide and drove bus for several years for Alaska Travel Adventures. He was featured in several Disney travel logs.
Sam was an avid fisherman – taking after his namesake, Sam Nelson – and was very generous with his catches, particularly among the elderly, widowed and those less fortunate.
He was loved by all and is sorely missed.
His family invites all friends and associates to a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 at the Elks Hall in Skagway. – Submitted by the family
May 1953 - July 2013
Rick Lee Rapuzzi, 60, of Eagle River, Alaska, passed away peacefully at home on July 18.
Rick was born in Seattle, Washington on May 22, 1953. His family returned home to Skagway when he was a few weeks old.
Rick was married to Laurie on March 20, 1976; they were married 37 years.
Rick worked for the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad in Skagway for 10 years before moving to Anchorage in 1983 to work for the Alaska Railroad. He retired from the railroad on June 1, 2012.
He loved spending time at his second home in Arizona, enjoying the sun and desert warmth.
Rick is survived by his loving wife Laurie; his children, sons Ryan and Cory, daughter Teresa and her husband Carl Richardson; his grand daughters Elise and Riley; and his sister Dellalee Kalberg of Fairbanks. Rick was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ivadell and Robert.
Rick will be cremated and his ashes scattered in Ocean Shores, Washington. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Providence Hospice. – Submitted by the family