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Roger Silook

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ANCHORAGE,AK Printed 12/31/04 Anchorage Daily News

Roger Silook, 81

Anchorage resident Roger Saavla Silook, 81, died peacefully Dec. 25, 2004, at home.

A visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with a service at 2 p.m.

A lifelong Alaskan, Mr. Silook was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Gambell on St. Lawrence Island to Paul and Margaret Silook.

His primary and lifelong occupations were as a Bering Sea hunter and visual artist, working in whalebone, ivory and baleen. During the 1960s and 1970s, while living in Nome, he worked as a postal clerk and in maintenance for the Federal Aviation Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Maynard McDougal Memorial Hospital.

He served as president of the Native Village of Gambell Traditional Council; mayor of Gambell; chairman of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission; and board member for the Alaska Eskimo Walrus Commission and the Norton Sound Health Corp.

During the 2004 Alaska Federation of Natives convention, Mr. Silook was awarded a certificate by the state of Alaska for the Alaska Territorial Guard veteran service during World War II, 1942-43 Aleutian Campaign. He was honorably discharged in 1947.

His hobbies included painting and writing. He wrote two books, "Stories the Old People Told on St. Lawrence Island" and "In The Beginning."

His family said: "Saavla had a strong mind and a kind, generous spirit, always singing and enthusiastic in work or play. He shall be greatly missed."

Mr. Silook is survived by his wife of 48 years, Norma Silook of Anchorage; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Darlene Silook of Gambell, Roger and Leona Silook of Anchorage, and Barry and Mae Silook of Wasilla; daughters and sons-in-law, Dora and Harry Buchea of Slana and Susie Silook and Keith Hamilton of Anchorage; daughters, Carol Henry of Gambell and Rosalie Azzam of Anchorage; sister, Estelle Oozevaseuk of Gambell; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Silook; grandsons, Allen Henry and Wayne Booshu Jr.; son-in-law, Archie Henry; sisters, Genevieve Apatiki, Vivian Iyakitan and Ottila Silook; and brothers, Henry and Nolan Silook and Frank Ohktokiyuk.

Arrangements were with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

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