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In Loving Memory of Morgan Joseph

Exalted Ruler - Wrangell Lodge #1595


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Morgan Joseph was born in Kake, Alaska to John and Alice Joseph on March 30, 1932 and died on January 6, 2009. He was 76 years old.

His clan was Eagle/Waseeneidi-Brown Bear. He moved to Wrangell with his parents and lived there for the rest of his life.

Morgan served two years in the United States Army from February 12, 1953 until his honorable discharge on February 11, 1955. Morgan fished with his father from an early age with Lawrence Bahovec on the F/V Aurora Marie, until he met and married his sweetheart, Johanna Bradley and started working at the Wrangell Mill in 1966. Morgan worked for the mill as a Pipefitter/Oiler, as it changed hands and names until 1995 when it closed.

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Through the years Morgan was very involved in the American Legion Post #6 as past Post Commander and District Commander. He was also active in Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp #4 as President and recently as the ANB representative to the James and Elsie Nolan Museum board. Morgan was also two times Exalted Ruler of the Elkís Lodge in Wrangell and a member of the Tlingit and Haida local chapter.

Morgan was involved in Veteranís Ceremonies in Kake for the past few years and helped with the National Native Awareness assemblies through the Indian Education Act in the schools. One of the most memorable events of Morganís life was his winning 3rd place in the Wrangell Salmon Derby.

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Morgan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Johanna, and his two children LeAnne (David) Bryner and M. David (George) Joseph, and his grandsons Rolland Wimberley, Ford Curtis, and Curtis Wimberly, in addition to numerous family throughout Southeast Alaska and the lower 48.

Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 3700 Woodland Drive, Suite 700, Anchorage, AK 995147 in Morganís name.

Services were held on January 10, 2009 at the American Legion Hall.


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