Richard "Dick" Wamser - LTjg
Served aboard cir. 1961 - 1963
Birth: May 20, 1936
Kodiak Island Borough
Death: Dec. 29, 2010
Longtime Alaska and Washington resident Richard Thomas "Dick" Wamser, 74,
died Dec. 29, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Mr. Wamser wanted to be close to his mother and father, requesting that his
ashes be laid to rest in the Kodiak Cemetery. Burial, a memorial service and
gathering will be held in the spring, possibly on May 20, Dick's birthday.
Notice of the services will be published in the Anchorage Daily News and the
Kodiak Daily Mirror.
Mr. Wamser was born May 20, 1936, in Afognak Village, to Charley and Elice
(von Scheele) Wamser. He was baptized as a young child into the Russian
Orthodox faith. After graduating high school, Dick received his master's
degree from Columbia University in New York. He proudly served 13 years as a
lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge.
Dick returned to Alaska to carry on the family tradition of commercial
fishing in Bristol Bay from the mid-1960s to the mid 1980s. His various
gillnetters included, most famously, The Phantom. During the 1980s and
1990s, Dick was the vessel owner and skipper of the salmon tenders: The Ben
B and M/V Midas.
Dick resided in Anchorage his last four years, becoming a co-guardian of his
grand-niece, Dorrie Wamser. He devoted time to ensuring Dorrie was secure
and provided for. He was able to reconnect with family and friends,
especially enjoying playful time with grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
His family said: "Dick was an independent, self-made man. Dick ("Uncle
Dick") believed first and foremost in education and college. He also loved
flowering plants, and poinsettias, delivering them to family and friends at
Christmastime, his favorite holiday. Dick's greatest love was the ocean."
Dick is survived by his brother, Bernard Wamser; nieces, Terrilyn Wamser,
Marcia (Wamser) Anderson, and Susan Wamser, numerous grand-nieces and
grand-nephews, and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charley Wamser, mother, Elice (von
Scheele) Wamser; and nephews, James Wamser and Charley Wamser.
Dick will be dearly missed by all his family and friends!
Arrangements are entrusted to Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel. Published in
and.com from January 12 to January 14, 2011
Elice Von Scheele Wamser
Kodiak Island Borough
Created by: SWOKWildlifer
Record added: Mar 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 6695896
called Dick stubborn, I got along with him very well.
He loaned me a 35mm camera to use, but alas it had no
light meter. I took lots of pictures with it until we
reached Hong Kong when I purchased my own.
Robert Modell, Capt. SC USN
LTjg, Ass't Supply, Disbursing,
Commissary Officer 1961-63