Dan E. Clyburn, 76, died Jan. 13, 2014, in Homer. A celebration of life is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Homer.
Longtime Homer resident, Frank Joseph Libal, 70, died peacefully on Jan. 3, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born to the late Joseph and Vernette Libal of Two Harbors, Minn., on Jan. 15, 1943. He attended Two Harbors area schools, including Two Harbors High School, where he graduated in 1961.
Former Homer resident Charles “Chuck” David Smith, 50, died Dec. 5, 2013, in the Lower 48 states. “He passed away, leaving us too soon, and into our Heavenly Father’s arms,” his family said. He was born July 30, 1963.
A local celebration of life and potluck is at 4 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014, at Kharacters. Join his friends in sharing memories and stories. A celebration of life also will be held in Sun City, Ariz.
Colleen Madonna Flood, 50, died Jan. 13, 2014, peacefully in her sleep. She was surrounded by her family and people that loved her dearly.
Colleen grew up in Hamburg N.Y., but lived most of her adult life in Soldotna, Kenai and Homer. She was a published writer, and had written many books. She had a degree in education, but her greatest accomplishment was her son, whom she loved with all her heart.
Steven Wolfe, 64, died Jan. 5, 2014, in Homer of Guillain-Barre’s syndrome. Services were held Jan. 9, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Ninilchik resident Mr. Vincent Hapeman, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at his home in Ninilchik.
No services will be held.
Vincent was born Jan. 30, 1944, to Roy R. and Mary M. Monin Hapeman in Lancaster, N.Y.
John Daniel Kosch, 72, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Bullhead City, Ariz., after a short illness. He was born April 10, 1941, in Salem, Ohio, to John and Anna (Kucha) Kosch.
John lived in Bullhead City for more than three years and had lived in Homer for 40 years. He moved his family from Ohio to Alaska in 1972. John worked at many jobs; he crewed on a commercial fishing boat, managed the Homer Spit Campground, owned and operated a bed and breakfast, owned an ice cream shop, operated K’s Concrete and worked as a Realtor.
Ursula Ruth (Budde) (Rearden) Rodgers, 88, died Dec. 26, 2013, at a rehabilitation facility near Petaluma, Calif. Her son, Jim Rearden, was at her side.
Kim Levad née Emmal, 51, born Jan. 21, 1962, in San Francisco, Calif., died in her home from breast cancer on Jan. 1, 2014. She died as she lived, surrounded by her loving and extensive family who never left her side during her short, courageous battle.
Kim is survived by her father, Donald Emmal; sisters; Samantha, Tracy, Jennifer, Stephanie, Melissa, and Susan; two brothers, Bryan and Pat; her husband of 27 years, Scott; and her three children, Nathan, Tyler and Andrew. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sondra Emmal.
John L. Birgel died Jan. 1, 2014, at Alaska Regional Hospital, at the age of 59. He was born in Ohio on Jan. 8, 1954. John resided in Homer with his wife Patricia and stepdaughter Kayla Frances.
A celebration of life service was held on his birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. by his church family at the Christian Community Church in Homer at 3838 Bartlett Street. It was officiated by Tim Steiner.
Andrea Moore Delkettie, 46, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Anchorage.
Andrea was a life long Alaskan, living her early years in Homer with her family who are commercial fishermen. At a young age she spent her summers on the family fishing boats in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay and False Pass. She was a graduate of Homer High School.
The family requests that those who loved Andrea join them in a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the United Methodist Church of Homer.
Frank Henry Muller, 62, died Dec. 14, 2013. “He left this earthly world in peace and finally, pain free,” his family said. He wished to be cremated and his wishes have been honored. His ashes will be scattered at a later date in Fairbanks, Homer and King Salmon.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 27, 2013, at The Terrace, the Homer Senior Center assisted living facility. All are welcome. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Homer or The Homer Senior Center.
Patrick Ronald Yourkowski, 59, of Monmouth, Ore., and Homer, died Dec. 14, 2013, in Salem Ore. Pat “left planet Earth,” his family said. He died due to complications from heart surgery.
Homer resident Mr. Glenn Allen Traugott, 58, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in his home from a heart attack.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, there will be a viewing with a funeral mass being celebrated at noon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Homer. A reception will follow.
Alaska pioneer Sherman Clayton “Red” Smith Jr., 89, died of natural causes at his winter home in Rio Hondo, Texas, on Dec. 8, 2013,with his son Sherman Clayton “Clay” Smith IV at his side.
A graveside service will be held at the Cooper Landing Cemetery at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Red was born in Madison, S.D., on Dec. 14, 1923, to Sherman Clayton Smith Sr. and Lillian May Hanneman. He was raised in the Rio Grande Valley towns of Mission, La Feria and Brownsville, Texas.
Dennis Hofeling, 65, died Dec. 9, 2013. A memorial for Dennis is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the Homer Elks Lodge. All are welcome.
Dennis was born May 17, 1948, in Beatrice, Neb. He traveled the Alaska Highway with his parents Hank and Betty Hofeling and his sister Vicki in 1953. Dennis always wanted a brother but that never materialized; instead four more sisters arrived. In the early 1960s, Rick Wright, adopted brother, came to live with the family and Dennis got his wish.
Gertrude Alwine Stroyeck, 91, died Dec. 5, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital. She died peacefully with her daughter present.
A memorial service is at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at The Terrace lobby at the Homer Senior Center, with the Rev. Lisa Talbott presiding.
Gert was born Oct. 2, 1922, in Decatur, Ill., to Alwine Meyer and William Meyer, the daughter of German immigrants.
She grew up in Decatur, graduated from Decatur High School and attended Millikin University in Decatur.
Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident Ronald Lee Mullen, 60, died Nov. 27, 2013, at his home.
No services are planned at this time.
Ron was born Aug. 23, 1953, in Evansville, Ind. He moved to Alaska with his family as a child. He attended and graduated high school.
He held various jobs in Alaska.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brothers, Robert and Gary Mullen, both of Anchor Point.
Former Homer resident Richard “Dick” West Robinson, 90, died peacefully in his sleep Nov. 30, 2013, in Boulder, Colo., after a long illness. In his final days he was surrounded by his family and friends.
William Brantley Edens died Nov. 23, 2013, in Homer at the age of 81. He was born July 10, 1932, to Richard W. Edens Sr. and Helen Carns Edens, in Sequim, Wash. In April 1939, his parents moved to Homer along with children Dick Jr., Brantley and Gwen.
A celebration of life service is 4 p.m. Dec. 4, 2013, at the Christian Community Church, 3838 Bartlett St. in Homer.