The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

James W. Woern - 1940-2016



James W. Woern passed Jan. 6, 2016. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1940 to Wesley and Louise Woern.

He learned to love fishing and hunting from his grandfather. He attended Ferris State University in 1958 and graduated as a pharmacist in 1962. He worked as a pharmacist and returned to work at the university from 1964 to 1969.

He then pursued his dream of moving to Alaska with his wife Mary Keefer and their two children.

He was a pharmacist and city policeman in Kenai and, achieving another dream, bought his own drug store, Seward Drug, in Seward in 1971.

He was Chamber of Commerce president and an Elk’s Club member. He was awarded the Alaska Bowl of Hygeia (an annual recognition of a pharmacist who possesses outstanding record of civic leadership in his community).

He retired in 2003 and moved to Coeur de Alene, Idaho, with his partner Milena to a beautiful home on the river. In 2014, they moved to a lovely desert home in Vail, Arizona.

Woern’s hobbies were hunting, fishing, boating, enjoying the beauty of nature, eating good food, and spending time with friends and relatives (preferably while mutually enjoying one of the aforementioned interests).

He is survived by his partner of 25 years, Milena; son, Brett and wife, Tammy; granddaughters, Anna and Grace; daughter, Marci; sister, Sue; and Yorky, Charlie.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please give to American Diabetes Association.

A summer memorial in Seward will be announced for all to attend.


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