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The Juneau Empire

John Wilberton Thompson Jr.
September 16, 1942 ~ August 11, 2011

John Wilberton Thompson Jr. (Stubby) a lifetime Alaskan, died August 11, 2011, at home in Hoonah with his wife Johanna Dybdahl and sons Levi and Kevin Thompson at his side.

John was born at Chilkoot Barracks in Haines, Alaska on September 16, 1942 to John Wilberton Sr. and Edith (James) Thompson.

John was a member of the Kaagwaantaan Clan. His Tlingit name was Goona nik, he was a member of the American Legion Post 12 of Haines. John was Sealaska Shareholder and KluKwan Incorporated Shareholder. He was also a member of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 12.

John graduated from Haines High School in May 1961 and was honorably discharged on August 29, 1969. He served two tours in Vietnam as a combat photographer. His love of picture taking lasted throughout his lifetime and he left many beautiful memories for his family and friends.

John spent most of his life in Haines where he fished and bartended. He worked for a time for the Skagway railroad and also for Southeast Stevedoring. He kept many people from everywhere enthralled with his tales and stories.

John was preceded in death by his father, John W. Thompson Sr., his mother Edith Thompson, sister Joanne Van Ausdel, son James Thompson, Gradmother Jennie Thlunaut and Grandfather John James.

He is survived by his wife Johanna of Hoonah, Sister Katherine (Kitty) Brookes of Haines, sons Ken Sam of Sitka, John and Craig Thompson of Stewart, Florida, Patrick Thompson of Palm City, Florida, Levi and Kevin Thompson of Haines, stepchildren Johan and Bernice Hinchman of Hoonah and Grandchildren Tommy Thompson of Juneau and Shaye Thompson of Haines. John is also survived by many cousins and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in Haines.


Published in The Juneau Empire from Aug. 23 to Aug. 29, 2011
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