Northwest NEWS

September 18, 2000


Erik Jonathan Kveum

July 19, 1979 - September 6, 2000
   Erik Kveum, a young man whose joy and compassion touched so many lives, died September 6, 2000 in a fishing accident off the coast of Yakutat, Alaska. Erik, who had recently moved back to Hoonah to spend time with his family, was 21 years old.
   Born July 19th, 1979 in Seattle, Washington, Erik was the oldest of three children born to Jon and Sandra Kveum of Hoonah, Alaska. He leaves behind his parents, his brother Sean, sister Sara, his grandparents Martha and Harry Kveum of Bothell, Washington, grandfather Herman Walters of Mesa, Arizona and a rich inheritance of family, heartfelt friends and loved ones stretching across the state of Alaska, Washington and beyond.
   Erik's early years were spent between his family home in Woodinville where he attended school and summers at Excursion Inlet and Hoonah, Alaska.
   In 1993 his family became full-time residents of Hoonah where Erik attended High School. He graduated Hoonah High in 1997, after which he enrolled at Bellevue Community College. Erik had spent a short time in community college when he felt an inward struggle to focus his training and vocation on his love for Jesus Christ.
   Erik had come to terms with that struggle and was making new plans for his future. With great joy he had returned to his family home in Hoonah to work along side his father, Jon during the winter and spring. Erik had returned to salmon fishing for the summer and fall aboard the fishing vessel Island Queen with family friends Dick and Melissa Moller.
   Erik was looking to the future with excitement and was preparing for enrollment in ministry training through YWAM "Youth with a Mission."
   Erik was blessed with numerous talents. He was musically gifted, comical in dramas and had the desire and motivation to bring people closer to the Lord. Erik was an inspiration to others in everything he did and said.
   It was a tragic accident that cut short the love, joy and faith that Erik so generously shared with his family and friends. We will forever miss his smiling face and thank God for the gift of sharing his much too short a time here with us all.
   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Lake Sammamish Four Square Church, 2321 173rd Ave. NE, Redmond, (close to NE 24th and Bel-Red road. Down NE 24th toward Lake Sammamish). All are welcome to attend and join together, in grieving the loss of our precious brother and celebrating his departure to his new home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
   Remembrances can be sent to Hoonah Youth Ministry - care of Hoonah Assembly of God, Box 429 Hoonah, Alaska 99829.