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W. A. Dunkelberger

W. A. Dunkelberger Laid to rest in Wrangell

Two boat loads of Petersburg residents accompanied the body of W. A. Dunkelberger which was brought to Wrangell for burial last Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held in the Sons of Norway hall at Petersburg Saturday morning under the auspices of the American Legion. Rev. Mankestad preached the sermon.

The deceased had apparently been in good health up to Tuesday afternoon, July 15, when complained of feeling ill. The doctor whom he consulted ordered him at once to the hospital where both Dr. Rude and Dr. Rhone attended him. He entered the hospital at six o'clock, but lapsed into unconsciousness at eight o'clock and passed away in the early morning from internal hemorrhages without having regained consciousness.

Mr. Dunkelberger was born in Genoa, Nebraska, Oct. 24, 1892. In 1904 the family moved to Olympia, Wash., where he continued his schooling until he was graduated from high school.

In 1914 he began going to the Bering Sea during the fishing season. When he returned to the States at the close of the fishing season in 1917, he at once volunteered for service in the World War, enlisting in the 91st Infantry. He served overseas and was in several severe engagements, during which he was twice wounded, once from shrapnel head wounds and by bullet wounds in his heel.

The deceased has lived for the past eight years in Petersburg where he was employed by the Glacier Sea Food Company. He was married on Nov. 15, 1924, to Mrs. Ann Hull of Wrangell. One child, a daughter, was born to this union. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lydia Dunkelberger, two sisters, Mrs. Clara Leaming and Mrs. Naomi McTobin, and a brother Harold Dunkelberger, all of Olympia, his wife and four-year-old daughter, Wilma Ann and two step-children, Myrtle and Melvern Dunkelberger.

At the time of his death he was serving his second year as Post Commander of the American Legion Post at Petersburg. He was also reelected last spring to serve again as president of the P.T.A.

Mr. Dunkelberger was a man who was kind and good and upright in all his dealings. A host of friends in Wrangell and Petersburg deplore his untimely passing.

Source:  Wrangell Sentinel, Wrangell, Alaska July 24, 1930




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