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Percy Hunter

Sept. 15, 1924-Feb. 21, 2008

Percy J. Hunter, 83, died on Thursday, February 21, 2008 in Toppinish, Wash.

Percy John Hunter was born on September 15, 1924 in Killisnoo, Alaska. A member of the Tlingit tribe in southeast Alaska, Percy was Teikweidi (Brown Bear House) and a traditional culture bearer.

Percy was very proud of his service in the military as a technician fourth class, serving from May 3, 1943 to Feb. 8, 1946. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Following his honorary discharge from the military, Percy resided in Seattle, Yakima, and Toppinish, Wash.

Surviving Percy are his sisters, Irene Cadiente of Juneau, Alaska, and Hazel Igtanloc of Anchorage, Alaska; clan sister Jenny Jim, clan brother Frank Jack, and paternal cousins Walter Soboleff, Sr. and Cyril George; daughter, Colleen Lemieux of Detroit Lakes; son Percy Hunter, Jr., of Juneau, Alaska; three granddaughters; two grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews in Juneau, Angoon, and Anchorage; and special friends Dr. David G. Daniels and Ruth Tandy of Toppinish.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Annie George Hunter of Teikweidi, and John Hunter, leader of the L'eineidi (Dog Salmon) clan; brothers, Rodney, Francis, and Harris Hunter, Willie, Peter, and Eddy Jack of Angoon, sister Phyllis Clark of Juneau, Alaska, sister Ramona Kookesh; daughter, Geraldine Hunter; brothers-in-law Andres Cadiente, Sr., Irving Igtanloc, Sr., Albert Clark, and Matthew Kookesh, Sr.; and sister-in-law, Lena Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember him in prayer and extend honor and praise to all Alaska native and American Indian veterans.