Obituaries

Eloise M. Hoyt

Eloise “El” Hoyt, 88, died Aug. 16, 2014, in Manistique, Mich. She was born May 7, 1926, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the daughter of Charles and Lura (Hosmer) Locklin, and graduated from Ottawa High School. 

She married Kenneth N. Hoyt in 1955, and he preceded her in death in 2001. 

Connie L. Prouty

Connie Louise Prouty, aged 62 of Anchor Point, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital.

Connie was born Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1951. in Portland, Ore., to Lyle and Leta Mae (Wilson) Hutson. She moved to Alaska in 1977, and lived in Togiak, Levelock, Anchorage and Valdez Creek before settling in Anchor Point.

She was a member of Anchor Point Baptist Church and was an EMT III with Anchor Point Emergency Services, where she received numerous awards. She enjoyed beading, photographing eagles and dog mushing. 

Bruce Willard

Bruce Willard died Aug. 9, 2014 in Arizona where he had been undergoing cancer treatment. Memorial services will be announced and held at a later date. 

Richard F. Kettell

Anchor Point and Homer area resident Richard F. Kettell, 65, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. No services are planned at this time.

Pamela K. Ramsdell

Homer resident Pamela Kay Ramsdell, 66, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at her home from natural causes.

A private family service will take place at a later date.

Pam was born Feb. 14, 1948, in Barstow, Calif. She worked in marketing for a health and fitness company. She moved to Alaska in 2004 and lived in Anchorage and Homer.

Pam enjoyed quilting, cooking and collectibles.

“She was much loved and adored. She will be missed very much,” her family wrote.

Nancy R. Wrocklage

Anchorage and Homer summer resident Nancy Ruth Wrocklage, 66, died July 23, 2014. “She went home to be with her Lord after a courageous fight with cancer,” her family said.

Born on Nov. 23, 1947, in Quincy, Mass., Nancy traveled with her U.S. Navy family all over the states until she was 16. She graduated from Old Dominion College in Norfolk, Va., with a bachelor of science in elementary education, and an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology from State University of New York.

Jerry Scholes

Jerry Scholes, a long time Homer resident, died July 14, 2014. “He joined his parents and his beloved wife and dance partner, Mary, in Heaven,” his family said.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Oct. 19, 2014, at Grace Bible Church (Kachemak Community Center) at the corner of East End Road and Bear Creek Drive.

“In lieu of flowers, a contribution to your favorite charity in Jerry’s honor is a wonderful way to commemorate his life,” his family said.

Jason A. Williams

Jason Austin Williams, 23, died May 31, 2014, in Dallas, Ore., from a blood clot after going through surgery two days earlier. A private memorial will be held in Homer, and his ashes will be spread where his mother’s were on Poot Peak across Kachemak Bay from Homer.

Bailey Ruth Gillis

Anchorage resident Bailey Ruth Gillis, 18, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, July 14, 2014.

A celebration of Bailey’s life was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N Street in Anchorage, with a reception following.

Bailey was born Sept. 30, 1995, to Vern and Karen Gillis in Anchorage. She was born with congenital cytomegalovirus, a burden shared by too many.  

Ezra B. Pastro

Homer resident Ezra B. Pastro, 40, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Christian Community Church in Homer. Pastor Bill Williams will officiate. A potluck will follow the services.

Esther ‘Peg’ Hill

Homer resident Mrs. Esther “Peg” M. Hill, 84, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer.

No services will be held.

Esther was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She moved to Anchorage in 1960, where she lived up until 1982. In 2008, she moved to Homer where she lived up until the present.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Hill; sister, Arlene Jennrich, and brothers, William “Bill” Armstrong and Robert “Bob” Armstrong.

Johnathon W. Liebenthal

Lifelong Alaskan and Sterling resident Jonathon W. Liebenthal, 58, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, on the Monopod platform in Cook Inlet from natural causes.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik. A viewing was held prior to services at the church. Burial followed the funeral in the church cemetery. Archpriest Thomas Andrew officiated. Pallbearers were Damian Collum, Nathon Stonecipher, Torvald Hansen, Dexter Ogle, David Bear and Dan Leman.

Paul S. McCartt

Longtime Homer resident Mr. Paul Samuel McCartt, 83, died Friday, July 4, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. No services are planned per Paul’s request. 

Peter H. Chrobak

Peter H. Chrobak, 66, died May 8, 2014. He was born Dec. 22, 1947, in Worcester, Mass. He arrived in Homer in 1974 and remained there until his death. Children and animal fan, fisherman, “codfather,” builder, questioner, and a generous friend and lover, he was a poet at heart. He leaves his family and friends with a poem he wrote long ago: “The silent fog had laid down / all around me and / there was peace in my heart — / for I could see everything / so clearly.”

Diana Lee Frank

Anchor Point resident, Mrs. Diana Lee Frank, 73, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at her home in Anchor Point with her husband by her side. 

Funeral Services were held 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Ninilchik. She was laid to rest at the Anchor Point Cemetery. Pastor Kit Pherson officiated.

Mrs. Frank was born July 19, 1940. She moved to Alaska in 1960, living in Anchorage for a while before finally moving to Anchor Point. 

Renn Tolman

Homer boatbuilder and musician Renn Tolman passed away peacefully in his tiny beachfront cabin on the afternoon of Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was 80.

A celebration of Renn’s life will be held at his boat shop on Kachemak Drive in Homer at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Charles Stuart “Yukon Charlie” Young

Charles Stuart “Yukon Charlie” Young, born March 18, 1952, in Berkeley, Calif., died Sunday, May 25, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from health complications. He was 62 years old. 

Charlie came to Alaska 22 years ago and made numerous friends. “He lived a good life full of interesting people, lovers, friends and a few rascals,” his family said. 

Frank J. Libal

A memorial Service for Frank J. Libal will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. Frank passed away at South Peninsula Hospital on Jan. 3, 2014, and a full obituary was published in the Jan. 22, 2014, edition of the Homer News. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, or Hospice of Homer. Weather permitting, family and friends will gather for a celebration of life party later that afternoon at the Anchor Point beach.

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