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David Alan Ahonen
David Alan Ahonen

David Alan Ahonen, 72, died Dec. 27 in Ketchikan.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1945, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Gustaf A. and Jennie F. Ahonen. He spent his childhood in Hurley, Wisconsin.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as a military policeman, worked as a prison guard in Wisconsin, and was a cook on Great Lakes ore boats. He also tried his hand as a logger, police officer and as a scrap collector. He moved to Ketchikan in 2010. That same year, he won second place in the wild man beard contest for the Blueberry Arts Festival.

David Ahonen was preceded in death by his parents, Gustaf A. and Jennie F. Ahonen; and sister, Elaine Cook.

He is survived by his daughters, Jackie Vertigan Swerdfiger and Julie Worblewski; son, Dale Ahonen; sisters, Dorothy Kuula and Marlene Torrez; brother, Ronald Ahonen; and five grandchildren.

There will be no services in Ketchikan.