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JUNEAU - The man who literally rang the bell for statehood in 1958, and who later became a beloved fixture and icon in the Juneau community, died on Jan. 26. Romer Derr, born in 1936, was 75 years old. Family said he died unexpectedly on Thursday of a heart attack as he was making his way out of the garage to plow snow.
Longtime icon Romer Derr dies at 75 020812 NEWS 3 For the Capital City Weekly JUNEAU - The man who literally rang the bell for statehood in 1958, and who later became a beloved fixture and icon in the Juneau community, died on Jan. 26. Romer Derr, born in 1936, was 75 years old. Family said he died unexpectedly on Thursday of a heart attack as he was making his way out of the garage to plow snow.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Story last updated at 2/8/2012 - 11:16 am

Longtime icon Romer Derr dies at 75

JUNEAU - The man who literally rang the bell for statehood in 1958, and who later became a beloved fixture and icon in the Juneau community, died on Jan. 26. Romer Derr, born in 1936, was 75 years old. Family said he died unexpectedly on Thursday of a heart attack as he was making his way out of the garage to plow snow.

Services were held at Chapel By the Lake and hundreds attended.

Derr was remembered by many for, among other things, his work for the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, his role in Alaska's drive for statehood, the assistance he gave to friends, his role as a local business man and his dedication to those in the Juneau community.


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