Obituaries

Nikki Marie Geragotelis (Fry)

Nikki Geragotelis, 30, died unexpectedly on Oct. 10, 2013, at her home in Homer.  

Nikki was born at South Peninsula Hospital on May 19, 1983, to Bill and Dorothy Fry. 

“She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend,” her family said.

A service is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Bear Creek Bottling Plant, 60473 Bear Creek Drive, just up the road from the Bear Creek Winery. All who knew and loved Nikki are welcome. 

Douglas Blossom

Ninilchik Alaskan Pioneer, Mr. Doug Blossom, 74, died from an aneurism on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Anchorage with his family by his side. 

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Carol Bock Hall inside the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.  Pastor Ray Leonard will officiate.  Everyone is invited.  Pallbearers will include his grandsons, Brian, Brad, Boomer, David, Grant and Cody Blossom and Billy and Jared Duncan.  

Harvey Haynes

Former Ninilchik resident and charter captain Harvey Haynes, 78, died Oct. 4, 2013, from complications from spinal cancer surgery. His family said he died at home, where he wanted to be.

“Though the last month was rough, he felt comfort being surrounded by those he loved,” his family said.

A celebration of life is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Valley Funeral Home, 151 E. Herning Ave., Wasilla.

Harvey Haynes was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Alabama to Jack and Flossie Haynes.

George Raymond Evarts

George Raymond Evarts, known as “Papa Ray” to his family and friends, died Sept. 24, 2013, in Medford, Ore., where he lived the past two years. His family said he passed away peacefully.

Evarts was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Salmon, Idaho. He moved to Oregon, found and married his life-long mate  of 64 years, Patricia Lorraine Randolph. 

Janet Dolores Hines Castle

Janet Dolores Hines Castle, 56, of Wasilla, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at home. A celebration of life was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Wasilla Assembly of God, 125 W. Riley off Knik Goose Bay Road. Dr. Lattis Campbell officiated.

A service also will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Oak Lake Baptist Church in Sugarland, Texas.

Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova

Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova 

March 14, 1920 - Sept. 14, 2013

Longtime Kenai resident Leda Evanovna Shadura Schmidt Taradonova, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.

A panikhida service was at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be held in Seattle, Wash. and she will be buried at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.

Robert Hyde Moss

Robert Hyde Moss

Nov. 23, 1922 – Sept. 17, 2013

Longtime Homer resident Robert (Bob) Moss died Sept. 17, 2013, in Homer.  He was 90.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Bob and his wife, Carol, who preceded him in death, on Sunday, Sept. 29 in the basement of the Bidarka Inn from 4-6 p.m. The family invites you all to come, peel a shrimp, have a bite and share a memory.

Albert Koepfli

Albert Koepfli

Oct. 8, 1930-May 4, 2013

Albert Koepfli died in his sleep on May 4, 2013, in Helena, Mont.

Al was born in Seattle, Wash., (King County) in the Swedish Hospital on Oct. 8, 1930. He lived in Bellingham, Wash., raising horses. In 1973, Al moved to Homer and his first place of residence was at the historical Tandoo cabin. He later moved and lived in Larry Slavins’ two-story log cabin with Hobo Jim and Annie Vogel.

Frank Andrew Hatfield

Frank Andrew Hatfield, 59, died suddenly Sept. 4, 2013. Born Aug. 5, 1954, Frank grew up in Homer. After working on the Alaska Pipeline, he worked for Homer Electric Association as his father, Fred, and brother, John, had done. He moved to Washington state in 1984. It was there he met the love of his life, Sandy. Their son, Bruce, came along shortly after that and completed their family. After moving to North Carolina, Frank began a career making use of his loving and caring spirit, working for Life Span. His clients became his second family.

Connie Nadine Smith

Homer resident Connie Nadine Smith, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at her home.

Memorial services will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Many Rivers, about a half mile down East End Road on the left hand side. Her ashes will be spread in Eldred Passage at the mouth of Sadie Cove.

Raphael Terry “Ataaka Raphadeelio” Dumont

Raphael “Ataaka-Raphadeelio” Terry Dumont died Aug. 18, 2013. He was born Jan. 27, 2013, to his parents, Coty and Ephimia Dumont. Funeral Services were held on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, by Reverand Father Michael Trefon at St. Herman Orthodox Church in Port Graham.

“Raphael was very smart: he learned fast and enjoyed it,” his family said. “He was loving: he loved hugs and kisses. He was silly: he loved to laugh and play and throw his toys far. He enjoyed having visitors, although he was Momma’s boy.

Anthony Damek McAllistar Guerra

Anthony Damek McAllistar Guerra, 9, went to be with the Lord at 9 a.m. Aug. 2, 2013, after drowning at Bishop’s Beach on July 25. A celebration of his life is at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, 2013, at Bishop’s Beach, the beach he loved so much.

“Anyone is welcome to come and celebrate with us the life of our amazing guy,” his mother, Katie Brock, said.

Mark Joseph Yohman

A potluck  celebration of  the life of Mark Yohman is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the Kenai Landings restaurant on Cannery Road (off Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai. Bring your favorite yohdog story to tell.

“It’s a great day in a great land,” he always said.

Thomas Wilson “Tom” Temple

Thomas Temple passed away at Alaska Regional Hospital on June 6, 2013, from complications related to his heart transplant. Now that fishing season is over, a memorial will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Homer at Alice’s Champagne Palace. For questions, please feel free to contact his daughter, Reba Temple, at rebamaetemple@gmail.com. A full obituary was published in the June 20, 2013, Homer News.

Juanita Cox

Juanita Cox, 92, born on Aug. 29, 1920, “woke up in the arms of the Lord on the morning of Aug. 13, 2013,” her family said. She passed away peacefully at home in the loving care of her daughter, Donna “Teece” and son-in-law Terry Scovell.

A celebration of life is planned for Sept. 7, 2013, at the Glacierview Baptist Church at a time to be announced.

Olga M. Fomin

Lifelong Alaska Native and Port Graham resident Olga M. Fomin, 58, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Port Graham.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church in Port Graham. Pallbearers were Micky Anahonak, Peter Anahonak Jr., Denis Anahonak, Quentin McMullen, Dale Malchoff and Walter Meganack, Jr.

Olga was born Aug. 31, 1954, in Seldovia. She graduated from high school and had also received her associate’s degree.

Caron Coons Davis

Caron Coons Davis, 61, beloved wife of Paul Davis, died peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, due to complications from a double lung transplant, and surrounded by family and loved ones.

Lonnie T. Byars

Lonnie Truman Byars, 67, a long-time Alaskan communication systems pioneer who was instrumental in implementing analog, satellite, microwave, digital, and fiber optic systems in Alaska, died June 28, 2013, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a lengthy illness beginning with a debilitating stroke he suffered in 2003. 

Carl Frederick Bannick Jr.

Carl Frederick “Fred” Bannick was a familiar face around Homer. He passed away Nov. 20, 2012. His family is holding a memorial service and military service for him at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Spit. A potluck gathering follows at 5 p.m. at Kharacter’s.

“Come one, come all; bring your favorite Fred stories and a dish to pass;” his family said. “Fred was an amazing cook, so do him proud.”

For more information, call 399-3103 or Kharacter’s at 235-1455.

Shirley C. Henry

Shirley Cres Henry, 84, passed away, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Anchorage.

Memorial services will be held 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at the South Anchorage Church of Christ, 7800 Stanley Drive, Anchorage. She will be laid to rest at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer.

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