Anchorage Daily News January 12, 2003
Lifelong Alaskan WAYNE EBEN, 92, died of natural causes Jan. 9, 2003, at Alaska Native Medical Center. His family received friends at First Evangelical Covenant Church, 1145 C St. A funeral followed. The Rev. Henry Pearson officiated. Interment was at Angelus Memorial Park. A potluck dinner followed in the basement.
Mr. Eben was born Dec. 24, 1910, in Unalakleet, where he attended Unalakleet Elementary School to fifth grade. He lived in Unalakleet for 43 years, White Mountain for 10 years, Nome for two years and Anchorage for 37 years. Mr. Eben was self-employed as a saw mill owner, provided electricity for the village of Unalakleet and owned a saw sharpening shop with his brother, Isaac, in Nome and Anchorage. He was a carpenter and electrician for many years. Mr. Eben attended First Evangelical Covenant Church in Anchorage and taught Native studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He loved carving, hunting, boat making and carpentry. His family wrote: ''He was a great inspirational mentor and a leader to all the lives he touched. He will never be forgotten by his family and friends.'' He was preceded in death by his brothers, Isaac Eben, Francis Eben and Andrew Mongallik; parents, Sigliok Eben and Abigail Eben; and sister, Ellen Eben.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sarah; children, Clyde Eben, Amy Paris, Lucy Jones and Willie Eben, all of Anchorage, Lorraine Chapman of Las Vegas and Tiny DeShong of Fairbanks; sister, Ellen Bogan of Cleveland; close friend, Gary Ogle of North Dakota; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home.
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