Obituaries

Robert Turkington

Longtime Homer resident Robert Turkington, 92, passed away on July 13, 2015, at home with family at his side.  He leaves behind a rich legacy and a lot of family and friends. A full obituary and memorial announcement will follow next week. 

Lee Roy Glover

Longtime Anchor Point homesteader, Mr. Lee Roy Glover, 84, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Memorial services were held 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the Anchor Point Church of the Nazarene, 32710 Augusta Lane – Anchor Point, AK 99556. 

Merle Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson, a pioneering Alaska physician known to many as the father of the Community Health Aide Program, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, surrounded by family at his son’s home in Anchorage. He was 92.  

David “Digger” Lee Guetschow

David “Digger’’ Lee Guetschow, 70, died June 22, 2015.

“He passed on to the realm which awaits every one of us, sooner or later. He would be touched by the tears shed for him, but would rather that he were an inspiration to us to live our lives to the fullest, to enjoy each and every moment with our loved ones, to celebrate this blessing we temporarily possess called existence,” his family said.

Edna B. Fisk

Edna Bernice Fisk of Homer, 94, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Edna was born in Melita, which is now Sterling, Mich., in 1920. As a young woman, Edna was swept off her feet by a serviceman, Toras Fisk, and they were wed in 1943. Toras was the love of her life and they began a wonderful journey together. As adventurous “Pioneers of Alaska,” arriving in Anchorage in 1958, the Fisks finally settled in Homer in 1978.

Merle Walter Johnson, M.D

Merle Walter Johnson, M.D., pioneer Alaska physician known to many as the father of the Community Health Aide Program, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, surrounded by family at his son’s home in Anchorage. He was 92. Gatherings to remember Walter will be held during the third week of July in Homer and in Anchorage, and will be announced. A full obituary will follow.

Debra “Debbie” Beth Eayrs

On Father’s Day, June 21, 2015, Debra “Debbie” Beth Eayrs, 64, died.  “Loving wife, best friend, mother and grandmother, she was called home to her heavenly father,” her family said. Debbie had suffered from a lung disease for many years, the last 10 of which had become increasingly difficult, with her final three days spent at South Peninsula Hospital. 

Edna Farsdahl

Edna Farsdahl, also known as “Grandma” to many, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in her own home surrounded by her family. She lived to be 102 years old.

Born in 1913 in Makoti, N.D., Edna grew up on a farm with five brothers and sister. Each day began with milking eight cows.

Gordon M. Layel

Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident Gordon M. Layel, 67, died June 2, 2015, at home from heart failure. Memorial services will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at the V.F.W. Post #10221 in Anchor Point. Gordon was born Jan. 19, 1948, in Charlotte, N.C. He attended college and also served in the U.S. Army from 1965-68. He moved to Alaska in 1980 and resided in Eagle River, Anchorage, Anchor Point and Homer.

Debra Eayrs

Debra “Debbie” Eayrs, 64, died June 21, 2015. “Beloved wife, mother and friend, Debbie was called home on Fathers’ Day to her heavenly Father, on the date she loved the most in Alaska, summer solstice,” her family said. 

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at  Christian Community Church, 3838 Bartlett Street. Donations in Debbie’s memory can be made to Carry the Cure, 1040 Beylund Loop, Palmer, AK 99645.

A full obituary will follow.

Dorothy Brown

Dorothy Brown, 94, former Homer Homemaker of the Year, died peacefully June 20, 2015, in Fargo, N.D., from stroke complications. She is survived by numerous offspring, including 12 of her 15 children and several great-great grandchildren.

Ardis Bird Metcalf

May 29, 1937-June 8, 2015

Ardis Bird Metcalf was born in Seattle on May 29, 1937, to Floyd and Elsie (Fraasch) Chapman. She died on June 8, 2015, at her home in Portland, Ore., at the age of 78. 

Tommie CarlinSchauer

Tommie CarlinSchauer, 57, died peacefully Dec. 18, 2014, in Green Bay, Wisc., after a brief battle with cancer. He had both of his children and several family members with him at the time of his passing. A tribute to Coach Tommie is 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Homer Middle School, with soccer teams playing short games to honor him. A celebration of Tommie’s life also is planned during the summer of 2015 in Minnesota. 

Delores “Dee” M. Hanrahan

Delores M. “Dee” Hanrahan, 73, died peacefully from cancer at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer on May 26, 2015. She passed while surrounded by her son, Michael Indicavitch, her cocker spaniel, Buddy, and her husband, David Hanrahan. 

Delores relocated from Mesa, Ariz., to the Soldotna area of Alaska during the spring of 1984 after marrying David E. Hanrahan. They moved to Homer in 1996.

Grace V. Pinhak

Grace V. Pinhak

Oct. 13, 1920-May 27, 2015

Homer resident Mrs. Grace V. Pinhak, 94, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at her home in Homer. No services will be held per her wishes.

Mrs. Pinhak was born Oct. 13, 1920, in Prospect Park, Pa. She graduated from high school in Pennsylvania. She moved to Homer in 2002.

Chris Lopez

Chris Lopez died peacefully at 8:50 a.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015, after a short, intense battle with cancer. His long-time partner, Kate Rich, and sons, Dylan and Simon, were in attendance.

A bonfire in celebration of Chris’s life will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Bishop’s Beach, beginning at 8 p.m., with a short program and tributes to begin at 9 p.m. Friends and family may visit anytime this week at the home of Vickie Rich, 355 Whispering Meadows Ave., Homer, where a table displaying photos of Chris is available.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson, 92, respected Dena’ina elder from the Iliamna Lake region, died peacefully on May 23, 2015. Services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, with an open casket viewing at 2:30 p.m. and funeral at 3 p.m. at Glacierview Baptist Church, 960 East End Road.

Madeline Sider

Homer resident, Ms. Madeline Sider, 100, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Long Term Care in South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Homer. Father Bob O.M.I. officiated. A reception followed downstairs at the church.

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