Obituaries

Herman N. Moonin Jr.

July 9, 1957-Nov. 3, 2016

Herman N. Moonin Jr. died on Nov. 3, 2016 with his wife and family by his side at his home in Anchorage.

“At the age of 59, Herman N. Moonin, Jr., has taken to his next journey,” his family said. “His life has included a long chapter of leukemia that he wrote with humor, patience hope, and extraordinary come backs.”

Herman was born at home July 9, 1957, in Port Graham, Alaska, to Annie and Herman Moonin Sr.

Herman was a commercial fisherman at the age of 6, a masterful wood worker, fluent Sugpiaq speaker and linguist, as well as an animal lover. Herman was a strong subsistence advocate who served on the Federal Subsistence Board and on the Port Graham Corporation Board of Directors for 10 years. He’ll be long remembered for his cultural and historical knowledge, along with his humor and quick wit that cracked many smiles and filled many rooms with laughter.

He leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 25 years, Karen Moonin; two daughters, Tasha McPherson (Jose) and Cora Moonin; three sons, Brandon Moonin, Samuel Moonin (Michelle), and Forest Kvasnikoff (Ance); and 10 grandchildren, Dominik Norman, Isaiah McPherson, Jordin McPherson, Kiril Moonin, Yamila Moonin-Phillips, Mikkel Moonin-Phillips, Shane Moonin, Hunter Moonin, Augustine Kvasnikoff and soon to make her appearance Ophelia Kvasnikoff, who will all miss their Uppa. Herman also precedes three brothers, Ephim Moonin, Nick Moonin, and Charlie Moonin, as well as many family members and friends throughout Alaska and beyond.

Herman will be joining his mother and father, as well as his grandmother, Malania Malchoff, and two brothers, Arthur Moonin and Tim Moonin.

Services to celebrate his life and pay respects were held in Port Graham, Alaska, on Nov. 9, 2016.

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