Longtime Alaska resident Mr. Floyd Grant “Pat” Patterson, 68, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
Funeral services were held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Chapel by the Sea, 14730 Turnagain Bluff Way in Anchorage. Graveside services followed at 2 p.m. at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. A fellowship gathering with light refreshments was held at the chapel directly following the graveside service.
Eugene LeRoy Loop, 82, died peacefully Sunday morning, Dec. 21, 2014, at his home in Anchor Point surrounded by his immediate family.
Per Eugene’s request, he was cremated and will be buried with his family in Washington. A service will be held in Homer at St. John’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. March 14, 2015.
He was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Burlington, Wash. and raised on George Loop Road, Samish Island, Wash.
Paula Miller, 88, died Feb. 14, 2015. “Beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, went home to be with the Lord,” her family said.
Longtime Kasilof resident, Mr. Michael John Hinsberger, 57, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Heritage Place in Soldotna due to injury complications from an accident nine years ago.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. A celebration of his life will follow the graveside service at 3 p.m. at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church, Mile 1 on the Kalifornsky Beach Road. Pallbearers will include Keith Morris, Levi Morris, Scott Hinsberger, Cameron Perry, Lowell Perry and Noah Perry.
Longtime Homer resident, Claire Deitz, 80, died Feb. 11, 2015, in Anchorage.
A celebration of Claire’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at the Anchorage Moose Family Center, 4211 Arctic Blvd. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Hickerson Memorial Park Cemetery in Homer. Officiating the service will be Pastor Lisa Talbott. Pallbearers will include Kenneth Deitz (son), David Deitz (son), Kenneth Deitz (grandson), Ernest Deitz (grandson), William Carlson (brother) and Stanly Griffin (son-in-law.)
Aaron Loren Morris, 48, died unexpectedly at South Peninsula Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
Mr. Morris was born Feb. 9, 1966, in Tucumcari, N.M. He worked for Kay’s Concrete, Best Transit Mix, and Dibble Creek Rock most recently.
Roy G. “Skip” Utter died peacefully Jan. 12, 2015, in Murrieta, Calif.
Skip was born April 12,1924, to parents Leonard and Alice Utter in Big Pine, Calif., and grew up there with brothers Bud and Dick on beautiful ranch land in the Owens Valley. The freedom of a boy’s life growing up in those times set forth a foundation of adventure that Skip was happily able to pursue for all of his life.
Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Jodi Lynn Riley, 59, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, overlooking Kachemak Bay in Homer with her family by her side.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Jodi was born Sept. 7, 1955, in Goldendale, Wash. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash.
She moved to Alaska in 1982 with a six-year stay in Hawaii and a five-year stay in California, then back to Homer in 2007.
Chlorus Vaughn Pointer, also known as Von Pointer, 79, died on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Anchorage. A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 14, 2015, at Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road,.
Von was born in Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 11, 1935, to Chlorus Laverne and Florence Lichti Pointer. He was raised on the family farms in both Nebraska and Arkansas. Von was known as Sonny or Skeeter in those places. Von came to Alaska for a visit in 1954 and never returned to the farm in Arkansas.
Leonard Billotte, 88, of Homer died from liver cancer on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital.
Leonard was born to Russell and Ruth (Hurley) Billotte on Thursday, Nov. 15, 1926, in Clearfield, Pa.
Annie K. Ross, 77, died Jan. 20, 2015.
Annie loved spending time with her grandkids, going to bingo with family and friends, sewing parkas and crafts, and truly enjoyed to see a smile on the faces of those she loved.
Homer pioneer homesteader Robert P. “Bob” James, 89, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital.
Friends and potato eaters are invited to services at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the Homer Seventh-day Adventist Church, 210 East Pioneer. Burial will be at a family gathering after breakup.
Robert P. James, Homer pioneer homesteader, died on his 89th birthday Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. “He passed to his rest,” his family said. A celebration of life is 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Homer Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 210 E. Pioneer Ave. A full obituary will follow.
Longtime Kasilof resident, Mr. Howard “Bud” Michael Byington, 81, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.
A celebration of his life was held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at the VFW in Soldotna on Birch Street. A reception and potluck followed the service. An additional celebration of his life will be July 4, 2015, at the Byington Homestead in Kasilof.
Frank M. Wise, 84, died Jan. 10, 2015. A celebration of life was held Jan. 17, 2015, at Glacierview Baptist Church, with burial at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road.
Frank was born August 1930, in Seminole, Okla., to Rufus Earl and Alice Jackman Wise. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Janelle Collins, and brothers Bobby Dale Wise, Ray Nolan Wise, Donald Wise, Harold Wise and Leo Wise.
Dana Ray Bachiochi, 64, of Happy Valley died on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in his home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church (just north of the fairgrounds on Sterling Highway), with Father Bob officiating.
Dana was born Monday, Oct. 16, 1950, to Raphael (Ray) and Marilyn (Caywood) Bachiochi in Stafford Springs, Conn., where he graduated, taught and eventually retired from teaching.
“Papaw” Frank Wise, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. “Our beloved husband, father, uncle, brother, grandfather and friend went home to be with his Lord,” his family said. “‘Welcome home, thou good and faithful servant,’ Jesus said.”
Clyde Duren Jr., 92, of Homer died Jan. 7, 2015, from heart failure at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. A service is at 2 p.m. Jan. 16, 2015, at Kehl’s Chapel, 11621 Old Seward Highway, in Anchorage. A reception will be held at the chapel following the services and his ashes will be scattered in Kachemak Bay at a later date. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the services.
John Michael Kettell
Aug. 22, 1974-Dec. 24, 2014
Longtime Homer resident, Mr. John Michael Kettell, 40, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2014, at his home in Homer.
A celebration of John Michael’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Bishop’s Beach in Homer.
Betty Jean Irving
Sept. 14, 1921-Dec. 22, 2014
Her last wish fulfilled, Betty Jean Irving, 93, died peacefully in the comfort of her own home in Anchorage on Dec. 22, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at University Baptist Church in Anchorage. A potluck will follow.