Obituaries

John L. Birgel

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 Bernice Moore Delkettie

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 H. Muller

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.

Glenn Allen Traugott

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.

Sherman C. ‘Red’ Smith

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

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

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.

Ronald Lee Mullen

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.

William Brantley Edens

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.

Dorothy “Dotty” Webster

Dorothy “Dotty” Webster, 77, of Homer died Nov. 20, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital with her niece, Susannah Webster, at her side.

Dotty was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Conway, N.H. and grew up in Medfield, Mass., and East Conway, N.H., with her two sisters, Jean and Patricia, and her brother,  David.  She graduated from Kennett High School in Conway, N.H., and got her registered nurse degree from Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Dartmouth, N.H.

Robert Drennan

Robert “Harley Bob” Drennan, 66, died peacefully at his Ninilchik home on Nov. 10, 2013. Bob was born May 18, 1947. 

A military graveside service is at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the Ninilchik Cemetery. Pallbearers are James Painter, Bill and Ian Steik, Sheridan Crawford and Michael Hicks. Honorary pallbearers are Grant Yacobucci, and Robert McGinnis, special friends, Sharon Deiman, and the Bock and Painter families. A memorial finger-food potluck follows at 4 p.m. at Carol Bock Hall.  

Pete C. Roberts

Longtime Homer resident, Peter C. Roberts, 70, died unexpectedly in November 2013 in Homer.

A celebration of life potluck and memorial is 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at The Down East Saloon in Homer. All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring a “Pete Story.” 

Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson, 65, died peacefully on Nov. 5, 2013, in Homer. She was born on Dec. 5, 1947, in Aurora, Ill., the second child of Marjorie L. Richardson and James G. Richardson. Soon thereafter, the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where five additional children were born and raised. In 1963 the family moved to Florida. Her years in Iowa were filled with fun, horseback riding, water skiing on the Mississippi River, and getting into mischief with friends and all of her cousins.

Edwina “Teddie” O’Malley

Edwina “Teddie” O’Malley, 67, died in her sleep on Nov. 4, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care. A celebration of life service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the New Life Tabernacle Church, 55577 East End Road. Pastor John Springer will be officiating.

She was born March 21, 1946, in Toledo, Ore., to Edward “Ted” Kilian and Jessie “Jake” Kilian. Teddie and her sister Elva grew up in Toledo along with her cousin, Karen Kilian, who was like a sister to her. In 1964 Teddie graduated from Toledo High School.

Carol Ann Dickerson

Palmer resident and former Homer resident Carol Ann Dickerson, 62, died peacefully in her home Oct. 18, 2013. 

Carol was inspired by Alaska’s natural beauty. Her richly detailed, hand-drawn posters identified Alaska wildflowers, wildlife, and wild berries. She worked with acrylic paints in a watercolor style with delicate brush strokes and attention to detail. Carol’s originals and limited edition prints now hang in countless homes in Alaska, the Alaska Governor’s Mansion in Juneau, across the Pacific Northwest and around the world. 

Rachel Evelyn Gannaway

Rachel Evelyn Gannaway, 75, formerly of Homer, died Nov. 3, 2013, in Anchorage with her family at her side.

Rachel was born April 26, 1938, in Pomeroy, Wash., to Warren and Wilma McCann. She graduated from McLaughlin High School in Milton-Freewater, Ore., and completed her nurse’s training at Deaconess in Spokane, Wash. Rachel married the love of her life, Leroy, in 1962 and they moved to Alaska in 1969. She agreed to move for three years. After six years they sold their cherry orchard in Oregon and when they finally moved, 35 years later, it was to Wasilla.

Beulah Jane “BJ” Johnson

Former Homer resident Beulah Jane “BJ” (Falter) Johnson, 80, died Oct. 22, 2013, at Ray Hickey Hospice in Vancouver, Wash.

She was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Fordville, N.D., to Percy Kenneth Falter and Irene Elizabeth Walsh. She was the oldest of four children. 

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