Obituaries

Jimmie D. Watkins

Oct. 12, 1945 – Sept. 22, 2016

Longtime Homer resident Jimmie D. Watkins died Sept. 22, 2016 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 70.

He was born Oct. 12, 1945, in Marysville, Calif., and his early childhood was on a ranch/farm surrounded by fruit orchards near Sacramento. He had many adventures raising turkeys, chickens and other farm animals. So many of his great stories came from experiences there and throughout the orchards. His memory was awesome and most of the stories were true.

His working life started at Beale Air Force Base in California, followed by an armored car plant in Texas. In 1977, he came to Alaska and worked at the Prudhoe Bay oilfields. He came to Homer in 1985 and his marine mechanic life began. He first worked at Industrial Machine on the Homer Spit; in 1991, he and Stewart Brown started Port Engineering Services.

His family wrote: “Jimmie was a true savant of marine diesel engines. His knowledge was vast and accurate. Never was he so articulate as he was when he was answering and diagnosing questions and problems.

“His death created a big hole in the heart of those who loved him and the fishing community to whom he was so loyal, dedicated and responsible.

“He loved John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, and Kurt Russell’s ‘Tombstone.’ He loved Louis L’Amour, archaeology, aquariums, his puppies, and biscuits and gravy.

“He loved his wife Gwenie, whom he met in 1991, his friends and neighbors and his puppies so much. He was very proud of all his children’s success. He will not be forgotten. He never let anyone down and was everyone’s hero. He is missed.”

He was preceded in death by his father and mother George Otis and Beatrice Mae Watkins and his brother Johnnie Lee all of Wheatland, Calif.

He is survived by wife Gwen Lowe Watkins, and sisters Georgia Bea and husband Glenn Payne of Portland, Ore., and Patricia Louise and husband Gerald Foster of Wheatland, Calif.

He is survived by his children: daughter Melina Lynn and husband Jason Paris of Hudson, Colo.; daughter Susan Gay Pyfer of Broomfield, Colo.; son Kevin Dale and wife Maryann Watkins of Broomfield, Colo.; daughter Jennifer Edwards of Boise, Idaho; and son Stephen Watkins of Texas.

He is survived by grandchildren: Bryanna Dunlap, Brooke Mitts, Jack and Jesse Paris, Mara and Colin Watkins, Billy and Jennifer Pyfer, Alexandra and Samantha Edwards, and Matthew Watkins.

He is survived by great-grandchildren: Logan and Emma Lou Pyfer, Nixen Dunlap and Flynn Watkins.

He is survived by former wives Melody Thompson and Charlene Beard.

Other survivors include sister-in-law and brother-in-law Kathy and Dean Fortain of Eagle River and Lake Havasu, Ariz.; nephew Robert Fortain of Anchorage; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Daryl and Dr. Stacy Goodson Lowe, niece Koya Lowe, and nephew Matthew Lowe, all of Wasilla; and brothers-in-law Mike and Don Lowe of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; and mother-in-law Florine Alice Lowe of Wasilla.

Donations in Jimmie’s memory may be made to the Homer Animal Friends, P.O. Box 2300 Homer, AK 99603.

A memorial service was held Oct. 12, 2016, at American Legion Post 16.

Gloria Scroggs

Aug. 3, 1933 – Sept. 22, 2016

Gorgonia “Gloria” Tela-on Sevilliano Scroggs peacefully left the earth on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at Soldotna General Hospital at the age of 83. She was a resident of Alaska for more than 60 years.

Gloria grew up in the Phillipines province of Leyte, and was both strong and tenacious.

As a survivor of the Japanese invasion during World War II , she embarked upon a lifetime journey of homesteading and motherhood. Her family and friends will always remember her as a woman of conviction.

Gloria could filet salmon faster and cleaner than anyone. She smoked salmon on Kasilof Beach by her own fire, dug for clams, and defended her garden from moose and bears with a cast iron pan and wooden spoon despite her 4-foot-and-a-few-inches stature. She spent many years on the Kenai Peninsula as her husband’s first mate on their commercial fishing boat, and worked for canneries and fisheries.

Her family wrote: “Her grandchildren will remember summers with their Gram as subsistence gypsies. When she pulled up to the house, she had a dipnet hanging out the back of the car, berry pickers and buckets ready for low-bush cranberries, and a few of the cousins in tow making room for you in the backseat. Her liveliness did not wane in the winters either. The thermostat was consistently set to 80, house plants on every surface, paintings of Elvis and the Virgin Mary side by side on the wall, crocheting projects scattered about, and the smell of eggrolls and sweet rice abounding. And bingo no matter the season. These are just a few of the many treasured memories and traditions she shared with her children, grandchildren, and even great- grandchildren. Gloria was the epitome of generosity, selflessness, and hard work. All that she had, she shared and gave away and gladly left nothing for herself. She leaves a legacy of a family that will continue to strive to be generous, selfless, and hard-working as taught by their beloved matriarch. All of us can’t wait to ‘see you then’ beloved mother and sweet Gram.”

Gloria is preceded in death by her husband, James Jay Scroggs, her daughters Susan Marie Scroggs and Diane Louise Scroggs, and son James John Scroggs.

Gloria is survived by her daughters Marcella Anne Scroggs and Lillian Nanette Scroggs; son-in-law Drew Dano Tolliver; grandchildren Shadow Jon Thomas May and wife Ana Rebecca May, Jesson May, Michael Mann II, James Calvin Mann, Zachary Tanner Mann, Caitlin Marie Mann, Jazlyn Allise Mann, Elijah James Mann, Jessa Suzie May Mann Jeremy Scroggs, Joshua Stanley Houk and wife Anastasia Rose Marie Houk, Racheal Simone Peterson and husband Nicolas Dean Peterson, Monica Virginia Dimick and husband Seth Nolan Dimick, Sasha Ann Fallon and husband Zane Fallon, Nicole Annette Stasek, Max Stasek, Danielle Telan Scroggs, Ashley Janette Moran-Scroggs and husband Charles Patrick Moran; great-grandchildren Benjamin Rocket May, Birch Ryland May, Aspen May, Navaeh Kenzie Lee Scroggs, Kyler Jordan Mann, Kaden Wayne Mann, Zachary Tanner Mann, Caitlin Marie Mann, Jazlyn Allise Mann, Elijah James Mann, Jessa Suzie May Mann, Nicolette Marcella May Scroggs, Elizabeth Katheryn Aleah Scroggs, Jayden Nathaniel Houk, Aurora Virginia Simone Houk, Telan Jezel Fallon, Taylor Eve Fallon, and Macarther Louis Fallon, Azelya Celeste Moran, Layton Drew Jennings-Scroggs and Michael Alan Moran; and extended family, Keith Stasek and Jack Maryott.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Emma Jane McCune

Feb. 23, 1941-Oct. 9, 2015

Emma Jane McCune went into the presence of the Lord on Oct 9, 2016.

She was born Feb. 23, 1941, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Roy and Eva McCune and came to know Christ as a child. She attended Palmer High School obtained a bachelor of arts degree in education and then went on to earn a master’s of education in library science in 1969.

Challenging herself to be adventurous after obtaining her BA, she talked to a recruiter for a position in Alaska. Her first teaching job was in Ninilchik. She said those were her favorite years teaching.

She went on to teach or be the librarian in various other areas from Seldovia, Kenai to Zion Christian School. From working summers in the Kenai area canneries to being a librarian at the local jail and working for Dr. Frazier, Emma was always challenging herself to do and learn different things. Emma was a teacher to innumerable people. She imparted spiritual wisdom and exasperation to them all with equal ease.

The sense of adventure made Emma a true Alaska woman. She loved to travel. Great memories were made by those who went with her from Israel to Nepal to Mexico. In her younger days, she did a trip around the world to Scotland, England and Holland. She told great stories of the driving the Alcan Highway back when it was still a considered a crude cow path on her way from Colorado to Alaska.

Her family wrote: “Her love for Jesus, her personal Savior, was her strongest influence. Strong faith to strong belief, Emma always kept the faith and shared it with those around her. North Kenai Chapel became her family in Alaska. It was very much at the heart of Emma’s service and ministry for Christ. From being the church secretary to playing flute with the worship band, Emma had a servant’s heart. The women’s Bible study that went from 1997 to just a week ago, many lives were changed, challenged and enriched by Emma. From setting up the Friendship Mission website to administrative duties with Royal Family, Emma loved serving her Savior.”

She is proceeded in death by her parents; sister, Ida and nephew, Bill Freeman.

She is survived by brother, Ben McCune and his wife ,Wanda, of Oklahoma; nieces, Molly Loup (Jim) of South Dakota, Twila Layne (Thomas) of Tennessee, Sherry Freeman of Wyoming, Amanda McCune of Nevada; nephews, David Wendt (Amanda), Russell Freeman (Jamie), Mike McCune (Stephanie), Gerard Freeman (Michelle), Jessie McCune, all of Colorado and Philip Freeman of Tennessee; great nieces and nephews, Jacob Layne, Nancy and Faith McCune, Emily, Cody and Johnnie Loup, Kaleb and Noah Wendt, Whitmore, Henry, Owen, Jack and Olivia Freeman, and great-great niece, Payne McCune.

Her family wrote: “She leaves a legacy for Christ for others to follow and is loved by many in the community. Heaven can only account for the for the many lives and hearts she touched and challenged. We are stronger and richer for knowing her.”

A celebration of her life will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at North Kenai Chapel.

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