Story last updated at 11/4/2009 - 12:21 pm
Longtime Juneau and Idaho Inlet resident Rodney Peter Selvig died Oct. 21, 2009 in Meadow Vista, California. He was 65.
Rod was born May 12, 1944 in Pierre, South Dakota, to Howard and Edna Selvig. He graduated from Pierre High School in 1962. Shortly after, he married his first wife, Jane Walker, and moved to Juneau in September of 1964. They sold everything, bought a new truck and drove the Alaska Highway with their new baby in a chiquita banana box, ready to start a life full of excitement and adventure. He worked at Glacier Village IGA as the meat department manager for several years before working as a carpenter and then eventually, his favorite career, as a commercial fisherman. His boats included the Little Jane, Ol' Adios, F/V SeaHawk, F/V AB&G and F/V Deanna Jo. He was an avid hunter, river-runner, and fisherman; he loved living in Alaska and the lifestyle it afforded. In the summer of 2000 he married his friend and love for the rest of his life, Marilyn Bell. He believed in working hard and he loved his family. He died of a heart attack while cutting down trees to build an addition to the deck at their winter home in Shady Pine near Meadow Vista, California. Maybe he got just a little too upset that the chainsaw wasn't working hard enough! He has been a friend and father figure to many and will be greatly missed.
Rod is survived by his loving and patient wife of 10 years, Marilyn Bell, and her family; his brother Marcus Selvig (Mary) of Riverton, Wyoming, and their family; his son Rockwell Selvig; his daughter Krisi Hicks (Dale); his daughter Sarah Selvig (Brad Baker); his grandchildren, Megan Eagle and her sister Jessica, Jacob Campos, Ryan Hicks, Naavah Spady and Genevieve Selvig-Baker, all of Juneau.
A celebration of his life tookplace on Sunday, Nov. 1st, at the Hangar Ballroom. All friends were welcome and invited to divulge stories of their adventures and misadventures with Captain Rod. Next summer a spreading of his ashes will take place at the home of his heart, "Nip & Tuck" in Idaho Inlet.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice and Homecare, 419 Sixth St., Juneau, AK 99801, or The Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau, PO Box 20092, Juneau, Alaska 99801. A collection was also taken at the celebration to add his name to the Commercial Fishermen's Memorial.