April 1967 – July 2010
Luke Andrew Whitehead was born April 1, 1967 in Richland, WA to David and Donna Whitehead. He was the fourth child in a family of five siblings. In 1981, he moved with his family to Skagway where his family owned and operated the Golden North Hotel. Luke graduated from Skagway City School in 1986. Luke lived and worked in Juneau, Seattle and Corvallis over the next five years.
In 1991, he moved back to Skagway where he worked at the Golden North Hotel until it sold in 1997. In October 1996, he married his high school sweetheart Lisa MacNeill. He worked for Fairway Market until he started with the section crew for White Pass & Yukon Route railroad in 1999. Luke worked as an electrician and then car-man for White Pass until 2009 when he was diagnosed with ALS. He passed away on July 20.
Luke is preceded in death by his brother Mark Whitehead and son Daniel Whitehead. He is survived by wife Lisa and daughters Kara, Jessica and Zoe of Skagway; father and mother, David and Donna Whitehead of Kennewick, WA; brothers Steven Whitehead of Carnation, WA and Matthew Whitehead of Kennewick, WA, and sister Theresa Thomas of Kennewick,WA.
When Luke wasn’t busy with his family and friends or working at White Pass, he was a very active member at the Eagles club. He enjoyed taking his girls quadding and on adventures. He will be missed by all. – Submitted by the family
November 1919 – July 2010
Former Skagway resident Leona Elaine Richards, 90, of Mount Vernon, WA died at her home on Friday, July 30, 2010. She was born in Kirkland, WA on November 9, 1919, the daughter of Oscar and Hulda (Johnson) Gustafson. She spent her early years in Kirkland, the Green Lake area, and, in later years, returned to Kirkland. Lee graduated from Lincoln High School of Seattle. She attended business school and had several secretarial jobs.
She married Eugene Richards on July 17, 1942. They moved many times around the United States while raising four children. They also enjoyed many visits to Hawaii. During retirement she and Gene lived in Skagway where they built and ran a fish hatchery at Burro Creek for many years. Her retired years spent at Burro Creek were some of her fondest. Skagway, the ocean, and Alaska always held a special place in her heart.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years; her four children David and wife Judy, Stephen and wife Gloria, Sharon Kran, and son Tom; sisters Dorothy Johnston and Betty Wanzer, and sister in laws Bernice and Elvi Gustafson. She was the proud grandmother to 11 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Harry, Don, and Gordon.
Lee lived a good life with joy of family, friends and work. She especially enjoyed gardening, entertaining, cooking, reading, and family. Memorials may be given to the Padilla Bay Foundation, PO Box 1305, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273 or a charity of your choice. – Submitted by the family