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Former Alaska resident Herbert E. Laughlin, 79, died Aug. 11, 2007, at home in Birch Bay, Wash., of pancreatic cancer.
A celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Clover Pass Community Church. Pastor Arne Halvarson will share his words and remembrances.
Herbert E. Laughlin was born Aug. 4, 1928, in Newark, N.J., to Frank E. and Louise (Steiner) Laughlin. Herb worked in the grocery buisness and moved to Reno, Nev., where he met his best friend, Dolores Brix, formerly of Harlan, Iowa. Herb wrote to several grocery stores seeking employment and the first person to respond was Paul Wingren, a business owner in Ketchikan.
Herb accepted an offer to work at Wingren's Grocery in Ketchikan and moved there in 1961.
On Friendship Day in 1963, Herb and Dolores were married at the Lutheran church in Ketchikan. They raised three children, Gregg, Jeff and Genelle.
Herb retired from the grocery buisness shortly after Wingren's was sold and became Sea Mart Super. Herb's next venture was as an owner/operator of Knudson Cove Marina in Ketchikan. He retired in 1991. Herb and Dolores moved to Birch Bay in 1999.
Herb was active with the Ketchikan Bowling Association, the Ketchikan School Board, the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, the Lutheran church and the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He enjoyed walking, working, reading, politics and sports, especially baseball.
Family wrote: "Many adjectives described Herb, among them were humorous, witty, generous, devoted, practical, prayerful and punctual. He was a perfectionist, always doing his best at the most trivial tasks. Herb had a very strong faith in Christ and requested his epitaph to read 'It matters not where I've been, but where I am now.' "
Herb is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dolores Laughlin of Birch Bay; sons and daughters-in-law, Gregg and Ronda Laughlin of Ferndale, Wash., and Jeff and Casey Laughlin of Wasilla; daughter and son-in-law, Genelle and Duane Olson of Bellingham, Wash.; and his sister, Bernice Miller of Hingham, Mass. Herb leaves behind six grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren in Washington and Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Laughlin, who lived in New Hampshire.
Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Friends who would like to send condolences may mail them to Dolores Laughlin, 5275 Cherry Tree Lane, Blaine, WA 98230
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