Obituaries

Melville Arlon Eklund

Former Anchor Point resident Melville Arlon Eklund, 73, died May 18, 2014, in New Braunfels, Texas. A graveside memorial service is at 10 a.m. May 22, 2014, at Luling Memorial Cemetery, Luling, Texas, with burial to follow.

Wayne E. Jones

Alaskan Pioneer and longtime Homer resident Wayne E. Jones, 89, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Homer. 

Wayne was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Nov. 19, 1924, to Vinal and Etta (Nash) Jones and, as described in his father’s diary on the day of his birth, was a “well-built little fellow.”  He was born while his mother accompanied his father on a business trip, and they returned to their River Edge, N.J., home the following week.  

Larry E. Wilshusen

Larry Eldon Wilshusen, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Marysville, Calif., of natural causes. In his last few days and hours, he was surrounded continually by his family, and died peacefully in his sleep.

A private service for his family will take place in Homer on May 24, 2014. Messages for the family can be emailed to wilshusen.family@gmail.com.

Richard Herz

Richard Herz, 82, of Baker City. Calif., died peacefully at home on June 7, 2013. There will be a memorial service for Richard at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the VFW Post 10221, Anchor Point.

Pat Sweiven

Former Homer resident Pat Sweiven, 71, died May 3, 2014. Born Jan. 10, 1943, she moved to Hoonah around 1960 and then to Anchorage, where she met her husband, Brian Sweiven. They moved to Homer in 1986, where they started Brian’s Appliance. Pat was a member of Pioneers of Alaska and the Homer Emblem Club No. 350. She was president of the Emblem Club from 1996-97 and a member of Homer American Legion Auxiliary Post 16. Pat moved to Shelton, Wash., in 1999 and then to Buckeye, Ariz., in 2012.

Peter E. Larson

Peter Ellsworth Larson, 73, of Homer, died surrounded by his family on Jan. 20, 2014. 

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 31, 2014, at the Homer High School Mariner Theatre to commemorate Peter’s life with community and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Homer, Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary or the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

John A. Hollis

John A. Hollis, age 67, a resident of Homer for the past 63 years, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital following an extended illness. Services are at 6 p.m. May 20, 2014, at Glacier View Baptist Church.

John was born Aug. 23, 1946, in Seattle, Wash. In 1950 his family moved north to Homer. He graduated from Homer High School in 1964 and later attended business college in Washington state. John was a heavy equipment operator and a truck driver throughout most of his life. John also was employed by the city of Homer as Harbormaster. 

James Randall Kvasnikoff

James Randall Kvasnikoff, 46, died April 10, 2014, at the Nanwalek Clinic in Nanwalek.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. April 17, 2014, at St. Sergius and Herman of Valaam Russian Orthodox Church in Nanwalek. Father Sergie Active officiated. James was buried in the St. Sergius and Herman of Valaam Russian Orthodox Church cemetery.

James was born March 26, 1968, in English Bay, now known as Nanwalek. He graduated from English Bay High School and Anchorage Community College.

Rachel Evelyn Gannaway

A celebration of life for Rachel Evelyn Gannaway is 5 p.m. May 10, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge, 215 Jenny Way. “We will be gathering together to celebrate the loving spirit of Rachel with her family and friends,” her family said.

Rachel Gannway died Nov. 3, 2013, in Anchorage. A full obituary ran in the Nov. 7, 2013, Homer News.

Ramona Lee Tucker

Ramona Lee Tucker died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. A celebration of life is at 2 p.m. May 4, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge.

“She was loved by many in Homer, Portland and elsewhere. All who knew her are invited to attend,” her family said. “She will be remembered and missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her wit, charm and winning smile.”

Tammy Reeve

Kasilof resident Tammy Reeve, 49, died April 12, 2014. 

A viewing was 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. After the viewing, a celebration of life was held from 7:15-9 p.m. April 15, 2014, at 47202 Princeton Ave,, Hope Community Resources Center in Soldotna. Funeral services were held at noon Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seward, with a small viewing at 11:30 a.m. prior to the service.

Albert Greer

Homesteader and longtime Homer resident, Mr. Albert Greer, 90, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Funeral services were held at noon Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Glacier View Baptist Church, 960 East End Road in Homer. Pastor Rick Wise officiated. Burial followed at the Hickerson Memorial Park on Diamond Ridge Road.

Dorothy (Corcoran) Moore

Dorothy Ellen Moore, 89, died peacefully on Friday, April 4, 2014.  

Dorothy Ellen Moore was born July 17, 1924, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of the late Joseph Henry and Mary Ellen Corcoran. She grew up in Denver and graduated from South High. She married Harvey Elvin Moore on Aug.19, 1947. They raised their three children in the Denver area. Dorothy was a stay-at-home Mom until she went to work at the Denver U.S. Geological Survey in the 1970s. After living in Colorado and Nebraska, Harvey and Dorothy moved to Homer in 2004.

Aaron Rael-Catholic

Aaron Rael-Catholic, 24, died April 2, 2014, in Homer. Aaron was born Jan. 27, 1990, in Denver, Colo. A celebration of life and barbecue potluck is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Bishop’s Beach. Bring a dish to be shared with friends.

“His bright smile and sparkling eyes will be missed by all who knew him. Please join us in a celebration of his life. Bring a favorite memory or a story to share,” his family said. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Kristina ‘Kris’ L. Bettes

Kristina “Kris” L. Bettes, 49, of Winnie, Texas, passed away on Friday, April 4, 2014, after an intense, year-long battle with cancer. She was born July 9, 1964, to Jeanne Allen and Clifford Calkins, in Denver, Colo. She had been a resident of the Winnie area for five years.

Robert ‘Bob’ P. Moore

Robert “Bob” P. Moore, 88, of Homer, Alaska passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Majestic View Assisted Living.

At his request, there will be no memorial service. His ashes will be spread in Florida, on the outgoing tide. 

Nelda C Wythe

Nelda C. Wythe passed away March 27, 2014, in Port Townsend, Wash. She was born March 25, 1936, in Terre Haute, Ind., and moved to Homer with her parents and brother in 1945. She graduated from Homer High School in 1954. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Washington and Clairmont College in California.  She taught school in Fairbanks and was also a teacher/administrator in Anchorage.

Upon retiring she and companion Doris Sarrio moved to Port Townsend, Wash. 

Anthony W. Hickey

Anthony Wayne Hickey, 50, died March 14, 2014, in Kerrville, Texas. He was born June 4, 1963, in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a former Homer resident who worked for Maritime Helicopters.

He is survived by his daughters, Chelsea Hickey and Breanna Gari of Cumberland, Maine; and his parents, Bill and Patty Hickey of Kerrville, Texas.

“To all my family and friends, I’ve traveled the world and now I am traveling the Heavens. Happy trails to you wherever you go, be it land, sea or air, until we meet again,” Hickey said in a final message.

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