Longtime Seward resident Galen W. Albertson died from complications following heart surgery on Monday, June 11, 2001, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 66.
Services were held June 18 at the United Methodist Church in Seward with the Rev. Duane Chase officiating. Graveside services and burial followed at the Pioneer section of the Seward Cemetery.
Pallbearers were W.C. Casey, Mark Clemens, Bjorne Lee, Darrell Rogers, Kevin Waldrip and Nathan Warren. Honorary pallbearers included Gary Ackerson, Sam Daniels, Marty Kowalski, Harry Nicolet, John Gage, Bob Shafer, Gene Skinner and Oscar Watsjold.
Mr. Alberston was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Coteau, N. D., where he graduated from high school. Later, he furthered his education with electrical and refrigeration training.
In 1958, he moved to Alaska and served honorably in the U.S. Army at Fort Richardson from 1958 to 1960. In 1961, he co-owned and operated G and G Enterprises with his partner Gene Blane. From 1965 to 1967, he worked construction. In 1967, he began his career as the public works foreman for the city of Seward, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. He also was the owner and operator of Albertson's Refrigeration from 1967 until his death.
Mr. Alberston was a member of the Methodist Church, Pioneers of Alaska and the Seward Elks Club. He served in the Seward Chamber of Commerce, Seward Volunteer Fire Department, Wesleyan Nursing Home and the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, golf, card games, driving around looking for animals and being with his grandchildren.
"Galen was a very loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend to many. He always found the time to lend a hand to those in need. His stories and laughter will be missed by everyone," his family said.
Mr. Albertson was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Walter Albertson.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen Albertson of Seward; son, Warren Albertson of Moose Pass; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Tad Waldrip of Sterling; grandsons, Jacob Boulden of Seward and Terence Albertson of Sterling; granddaughters, Krista Boulden of Seward and Mija Albertson of Sterling; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Cliff Kannegieter of Watertown, S.D.; neices and nephews, Brenda and Charlie Lawrence, Cheryl Kenney, Michael and Debra Kenney and Richard and Lanie Kenney; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Seward Volunteer Fire Department or Seward High School.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Funeral Home in Anchorage.
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