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The picture of the Taku in its final minutes as it headed into a scrap yard...

Wednesday marked a proud moment for Vigor Alaska.

Alex Michael Wilson, 29, died May 1, 2018, in Pinon Hills, California. He was born March 2, 1989, in San Bernardino, California.
Lester “Ron” Ronald Strunk, 75, died April 30, 2018, in Ketchikan. He was born Jan. 18, 1943, in Glendale, California.
H.E. “Bud” Davenport, 90, died May 10, 2018 in of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
David Lee Kuehl
David Lee Kuehl

David Lee Kuehl, 52, died Nov. 23, 2017, in Ketchikan.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1965, in Pasco, Washington. He graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1984, and attended Yakima Valley Community College.

He was married on July 8, 2000, in Ellensburg.

In addition to Ellensburg, Mr. Kuehl resided in Dutch Harbor, and, since 2004, in Ketchikan.

He worked in sales with NAPA Auto Parts, and as port engineer with Olson Marine. He enjoyed fishing.

Mr. Kuehl was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Milton and Viola Buum; and his paternal grandparents, Myland and Edna Kuehl.

He is survived by his sons, Nathan and Justin Kuehl of Whitehall, Montana; father and step-mother, Edwin and Virginia Kuehl of Otis Orchards, Washington; mother, Roberta Buum; siblings, Kaye Kuehl McGehee, Kevin Kuehl, Robert Scott Kuehl, Sherri Kuehl and Jody Morse; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will take place in spring in Ellensburg.

Donations may be made to the Kuehl Family Relief Fund at any U.S. Bank branch.