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Danny Roehl was born in Goose Bay, Alaska near Chekok to Paris Skobia and Charles Roehl. Danny's mother was Athabascan originally from Old Iliamna and he grew up living a subsistence lifestyle of fishing, hunting, trapping and moving around the region to survive. His grandfather ran Roehl's Trading Post at Old Iliamna, and Danny's father supported the family by commercial fishing and trapping. Eventually, Danny joined his father in the commercial fishing business and later worked on the Alaska Railroad near Seward. In later years, Danny and his wife, Nellie, moved back to Kokhanok and operated a hunting and fishing lodge at Nielsen Bay.