August John Suess Jr. Obit

August John Suess Jr., 72, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away September 9, 2019, at Anschutz University Hospital in Aurora, Colo.

A private celebration of life will be held in Anchorage on September 29. 

Auggie was born July 31, 1947, in San Jose, Calif., to August Sr. and Dorothy Suess, the oldest of five children. He graduated from Soquel High School in 1966.

Auggie married Susan Lockwood after graduation, and to this union four children were born, Jennifer, Jeanette, Julie, and John. Auggie worked for the union in California before divorcing Susan and relocating to Oregon. 

Auggie later married Billee Wallingford and relocated to Ft. Morgan, Colo. Auggie worked on a large farm and then had the opportunity to manage a tire store. Later, they relocated to Martin, S.D., and he began his career in the automotive industry working at Bair Ford. Auggie also enjoyed racing stock cars in Merriman, Neb. Auggie and Billee were blessed with one child, James (JJ), before divorcing. 

Auggie then married Linda Long, and to this union two children were born, Jason and Kayla. Auggie and Linda lived in Crookston, Neb., where he worked on a farm before becoming employed at Weston Grain and Feed for six years. Auggie loved to garden and spent time canning his harvest. Auggie decided to relocate to Alaska, and Linda and Auggie divorced. 

Auggie worked at Tiremobile in Anchorage before purchasing the business and becoming the owner for over 25 years. Apart, from work and running a business, Auggie enjoyed playing on men’s softball teams, going to hockey games, and spending time with his family and friends. Auggie sold his business and retired to enjoy some of his greatest passions in life, hunting and fishing. 

Auggie is survived by his seven children; Jennifer Sargent, Boulder, Colo., Jeanette (Brian) Foster, Grover, Colo., Julie Vanas, Longview, Wash., John Lockwood, California, James (Dianne) Suess, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Jason Suess, Europe, Kayla Tucker, Pierre, S.D., 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Virginia (Steve) Martin, Maryanne (Dennis) Wise, and Roseanna (Preston) Schmidt, all of Oregon; and one brother, William (Nancy) Suess, Alaska. 

August is preceded in death by his parents, August Suess Sr. and Dorothy (Williams) Suess, and grandson Timothy Sargent.

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