Obituary for Harvey Hildre Lifelong Juneau resident Harvey Hildre, 89, passed away peacefully in his home with family & friends on May 21, 2018. He was born in Juneau in 1929 to Pete and Anna Hildre. He attended JDHS graduating in 1947. Harvey spent his working life in the construction industry. He built the first hot-rod in Juneau while working at Dutchy’s junk yard plus he had his own hauling business. After graduation, he took off for Anchorage in his hot-rod, taking a job with Matanuska bus lines. “My car could out run anything but a police car.” He worked for Green Construction in Haines and Copper Center as a Euclid operator in 1949. In 1953, Harvey returned to Juneau to continue his career in heavy mechanics and later as a crane operator. In 1964, he started Porta Shop. He worked for Madison Osborn on Outer Drive, moving dredge pipe & doing misc. crane work. In 1975, he went to the North Slope working as a specialty crane operator for Perini Construction. In 1976, he returned to Porta Shop, still operating today as a rental service. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. Harvey was a member of the American Legion Post 519 in Palm Springs, CA. He was a life member of the Elks #420, Moose Lodge #700, Juneau Golf Club, American Truck Historical Society, Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club, plus local historical societies. Most famously of all was The Douglas Bridge Diving Club. Harvey enjoyed warm winters in the sun with golfing friends. “If I can knock a center pin out of a cat track, I can play golf.” Harvey was proceeded in death by his parents, Pete and Anna, brothers Arnold and Erwin, sister Jeanette Gould. He is survived by his wife Loretta, son David(Brenda)Hildre of Juneau, daughters Sue Ann (Mark)Johnson of Ketchikan, Gail(Jerry)Niemi of Juneau; grandsons, Kevin Niemi of Juneau, Jeff(Kristen)Hardesty of Santa Rosa, CA; granddaughters Tauna(Jared)Hatch of Juneau, Courtney(Travis)Ploos Van Amstel of Santa Rosa, CA; great-grandchildren Tristan, Casey, Landon, Lillian, Bailey, Holly, and Beamer. Services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau on June 12, 2018 at 11am. A celebration of life (one more lunch with Harvey) will be held at the Sandbar on 2525 Industrial Blvd. from 1 to 5pm following service. Donations may be made in Harvey’s name to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, www.ccsjuneau.org. To send flowers to the family of Harvey Hildre please visit our Sympathy Store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Harvey Hildre March 9 1929 May 21 2018. Alaskan Memorial Park Mortuary & Crematory
Death notice for the town of: Juneau, state: Alaska