Ernie garner

Longtime Alaska resident Ernest Millard Garner, 83, died July 2, 2006, at the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home.

A wake will take place Aug. 10 at the home of Mike and Diana Garner in Wasilla. Call 1-907-376-7339 for more information.

Mr. Garner was born March 27, 1923, in Spokane, Wash. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He moved to Alaska about 1937.

His family writes: "Ernie called Alaska his home all his adult life. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was present for the attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasion on D-Day at Normandy.

"Ernie chased the Alaska dream his whole life. After returning to Alaska from World War II, he fished out of Ketchikan with his father, Jack Garner, who was lost at sea in 1949. Ernie's radio operator's license and mechanical skills led to a career during the 1950s through the 1970s at various remote DEW Line sites throughout the state and to management positions with the RCA/ACS system. During his career, he was stationed at locations such as Cape Lisbourn, White Mountain, Duncan Canal, Cape Yakataga and Cape Romanzof.

"He lived in Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Palmer, Anchorage (and) Juneau from 1970 through 1992, Sitka from 1992 to 2001, and Palmer since 2001. His spare time went to commercial fishing, and gold mining, the two passions of his life. For Ernie, there was always another fish to catch, another nugget to be found."

Mr. Garner is survived by his sons, Robert, John, Michael and Eric; brothers, Jackie and Keith; sister, JoAnn Buchanan; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Juneau Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial, P.O. Box 20092, Juneau 99802.

Arrangements were by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.