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Richard James Monrean
Richard James Monrean

Richard James Monrean, 70, died Dec. 5, 2017, in Ketchikan.

He was born Oct. 29, 1947, in Ketchikan where he lived for all of his life, expect for a period of time in 1972 when he spent four months in Oregon.

Mr. Monrean was married on Aug. 21, 1970 at the Ketchikan First Methodist Church.

He was a heavy equipment operator and laborer in town where he worked for a variety of businesses including: Southcoast Inc., Dupont Boat, Ketchikan Pulp Mill, Spruce Mill, Swan Lake Dam and the City of Ketchikan.

He was baptized in the Methodist Church and was active with the South Tongass Alliance Church and First Assembly of God.

Mr. Monrean was actively involved with the Alcoholics Anonymous program and was 33 years sober at the time of his passing.

His hobbies included motorcycles, fishing, boating, gathering wood, reading the bible, reading about science, and woodworking — he particularly liked to craft walking sticks.

In addition to his hobbies, Mr. Monrean also operated his own furnace business; RJ’s Burner Service.

Mr. Monrean is preceded in death by his father, M. R. Monrean; mother, Mabel Santine Monrean; and brothers, Robert and Daniel Monrean.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Monrean; brothers, Fred (Jane) Monrean, James (Rebecca) Monrean and Patrick Monrean; sisters, Renee (David, deceased) Brown and Fawn Monrean Olson; more than 20 nieces and nephews; more than 35 great-nieces and nephews; and many others in the community.

A celebration of Mr. Monrean’s life will be held after the holidays.