OBITUARIES

Gerald Thomas Revis, 1941-2007

Gerald Thomas Revis was born May 3, 1941 in Doyle, Tennessee. He always called it TENNessee not TenneSEE. He was the youngest of four boys born to Frank and Gertrude Revis. His dad went to work in Detroit at a car factory and his mother and Gerald followed later. He pretty much grew up in the motor city where he attended Catholic school.
Gerald served his country in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964 and in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1967 during the Vietnam conflict. After his discharge, Gerald went back to Doyle and went to welding school. It was around 1975 that he came to Skagway for the first time. He visited his brother Bob, who was owner-operator of the old Sourdough Hotel and Pool Hall. He was employed as a casual longshoreman with the White Pass & Yukon Route beginning in May 1975. He went back to Tennessee near the end of ‘75.
Years later, in 1995, Gerald returned to Skagway and became part of the family. He lived with Sandy and quickly assumed the role of Grandpa. After a brief stint of washing dishes at the Sweet Tooth, Gerald went to work at White Pass on April 27, 1995 as a carman welder. He officially retired from White Pass on Nov. 1 of this year.
Gerald loved Sandy and he loved her children and their children. His happiest moments were with his new grandchildren. His eyes would just sparkle as he talked about them.
His love of children convinced him to play Santa Claus at the Eagles Christmas Eve ceremony. Even then, his health wasn’t the greatest. He had suffered a bout with throat cancer which destroyed his saliva glands. He had to have water handy most of the time. Even so, he wore that hot Santa suit under those scorching stage lights and made a very happy Christmas for the children in our community.
He finally decided to make an honest woman out of Sandy and married her on January 1, 2002.
Gerald loved to play poker and really liked Larry the Cable Guy. “GIT’R DONE!” He got such a kick out of that and loved the gift of a lighter that rang with the saying. He also liked to share military stories over a little Tennessee moonshine that somehow made its way to Skagway. George Jones’ “White Lightning” was one of his favorite songs.
Gerald was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. It was quite advanced and he did not want to go through any treatment. He wanted to come home and be with his family. He passed on Dec. 2. Gerald was a big part of our lives. I hope he touched yours. We will miss him very much.
Gerald is survived by his wife Sandra Noack-Revis; stepdaughters Tammy Cochran and her husband Tom, Tina Mayo and her husband Ken; grandchildren Thomas and Kerry Cochran, Tyler Cochran and Jessica Wilcox, Trevor Cochran, Brandy Mayo and K.C. Mayo; great-grandsons Joshua, Tannen and Kaleb Cochran. He is also survived by quite a few nephews and nieces in Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, and Kentucky. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents all three brothers and one nephew. – From a eulogy given at the Elks memorial service on Dec. 7.

Maurice ‘Ted’ Tidwell, 1938-2007
Maurice Hartwell “Ted” Tidwell, 69, passed away on November 28, 2007 in Tacoma, Washington after a year-long struggle with cancer.
Ted was born July 27, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Central High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and was stationed in Okinawa. He brought his young family to Alaska to make his fortune in the early 60s, where he first started working for Paul’s Floor Service in Juneau. Ted started his own carpet business in 1970 which eventually became Arctic Carpet, which continues to this day.
In 1979 Ted married his wife Lucile and they owned and operated various businesses in Skagway, including Irene’s Inn, Sgt. Preston’s Lodge and the infamous Dr. Fun Tours. Ted and his wife retired to Arizona in 1997 and relocated to Haugan, Montana in 2003.
Those who knew him considered Ted to be the world’s best salesman and story-teller, one of his favorite past-times. To this date even his former employees at Dr. Fun Tours cannot say whether the “facts” he gave to tourists were real or made-up. He loved to participate with his wife and family in a variety of activities including fishing, hunting, panning for gold and travel. Ted was known as a quiet and gentle person and had a way of making everyone around him feel comfortable. Ted was also a member of the Skagway Elks Lodge
Ted was predeceased in death by his mother, Mary Alice Smithers; his father, Maurice Hartwell Tidwell, Sr., and his stepdad, Charles W. Smithers; and his stepdaughter Alexandria Woods. He is survived by his wife Lucile of Haugan, Montana; son Steve Tidwell (and Alice Albrecht) of Juneau; daughter Lisa (and Haynes) Tormey of Yuma, Arizona; daughter Lori (and Joe) Croteau of Juneau; stepdaughter Carla (and Kevin) Keely of Tacoma, Washington, Sheldon (and Stephanie) Winters of Juneau, Brent Woods (and Beverly Scoffield) of Sacramento, California; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister Donna (and Robert) Coss of Nashville, Tennessee, and brothers Grant (and Dedra) Smithers of Nashville, Sean (and Angel) Smithers of Nashville, and Andy Smithers (and Daniel Green) of Phoenix, Arizona.
Ted quietly passed away in the presence of his wife and family members. Services and the gravesite dedication were held on December 3 at the Tacoma Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the New Tacoma Cemetery. Being a war time veteran, Ted was given a military burial with Honor Guard and taps.
A memorial celebration will be held in Juneau in the future at a date to be announced. – Submitted by family