He was born Nov. 8, 1919, in Portland, Ore., to Valerie (Valley) and Elizabeth Trambitas.
He came to Juneau in 1938, where he met and married Edie Spaulding on July 3, 1939. They built a house at Auke Lake and lived there until his death.
He worked in the Alaska Juneau gold mine for four years and was foreman for the Bureau of Public Roads until statehood in 1959.
He then bought a trolling boat and fished commercially for many years. He did snow removal at the Juneau Airport and retired in 1984.
He was in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, and was stationed in China, India and Burma.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 25 in Auke Bay, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alaska State Defense Force and the Juneau Shriners.
His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling and teaching boxing to teen-agers in his younger years.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother Larry.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edie, Auke Bay; daughter Judy Haffner and her husband "Swede," Auke Bay; grandchildren Ron Haffner, Heidi Haffner and Laurie Helfinstine, all of Juneau, and Jack Haffner, Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren LaTina and Brynn Helfinstine and Shadoe and Kaya Haffner, all of Juneau, and Norval (Norvie) Nelson Jr., who lived with them when he was growing up.
A potluck and celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the American Legion Hall at mile 13 Glacier Highway. Friends and family are invited to bring a favorite dish and share thoughts of remembrance.