Skagway resident Colleen Murphy died in her sleep March 15. She was 54.
Murphy was the fifth-generation of her family from Long Beach. Ore., where she was born Sept. 19, 1946. When she first arrived in Skagway, she was an accomplished sheetrocker. Over the last several years, she focused on her ivory carving and jewelry making which she sold out of her store, Made In Skagway Gallery.
A more detailed obituary will follow in the next edition of this paper.
Gilbert Smokey Knapp
Gilbert Smokey Knapp, 64, joined his heavenly Father March 1, 2002 at his home in Hot Springs, Mont., surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 23, 1938 in Eddy Mont., to Albert and Mary Knapp. He attended schools in Plains and St. Regis Mont., and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1958.
In 1960, he married Audrey Colyer, and shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Skagway where Smokey found employment with the White Pass and Yukon railroad from 1960-1965. They made their way back to Montana for a short while, where they owned and operated the Pair-A-Dice Bar in Paradise, Mont. Eventually they returned to Skagway and Smokey went back to work for White Pass in various positions before becoming a manager. He remained with the railroad from 1967-1983, when it closed.
Smokey served on the Skagway School Board for several years and also coached Little League baseball for a time. Smokey was an Elks member for 41 years.
The family then moved to Seward where he worked as manager of Suneel Alaska Corp. coal export facility. He was also a member of the Seward Port Authority during those years until his retirement in 1987, when he and Audrey returned to western Montana to live.
Smokeys first love was his family. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and being around people. He will be remembered for his thoughtfulness, compassion, loyalty, the things he did for others and his great sense of humor. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.
Smokey was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Mary Knapp, and seven brothers, Mel, Bob, Burell, Neil, Albert, Butch, and Jim Knapp.
Smokey is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Audrey Knapp, of Hot Springs, Mont.; his son and daughter-in-law, David and Jody Knapp of Anchorage; his four daughters and sons-in-law, Tamra and Christopher Stalkfleet of Nikiski; Trudi and Steve Lawrence of Polson, Mont.; Brigette and Brian Barnhart of Great Falls, Mont.; Skye and Daniel White of Seward; four brothers, Edgar, David and Richard Knapp of Washington state, and Paul Knapp of Okla.; two sisters, Joyce Burnham and Mary Lou Moe of Skagway; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A military graveside service conducted by Horse Plains VFW Post number 3596 was held March 5 at Paradise Cemetery. The family asks that any donations be made to the Salvation Army. Submitted by the family