Obituaries

Sharon Lynn Gaedeke

Homer resident Sharon Lynn Gaedeke, 72, passed away, Thursday, June 20, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Services were held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Land’s End Resort.

Travis James Coffey Sr.

May 21, 1979-June 9, 2013

Travis Coffey Sr., 34, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in a motorcycle accident. Memorial services for Travis are 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Church of Christ on East End Road. 

Travis was born in Eureka, Calif., to Corinne and Michael Coffey. He moved to Homer in 1990 and has been a Homer resident for the last 23 years. 

Thomas Wilson ‘Tom’ Temple

Feb. 15, 1957-June 6, 2013

Homer resident Thomas Wilson “Tom” Temple, 56, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, surrounded by his wife and children at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage from complications related to his heart transplant. A memorial service will be arranged in late August.

Gillian Mary Shaw Munn

Nov. 23, 1938-May 8, 2013

Gillian Mary Shaw Munn, 74, died on May 8, 2013, from cancer. The memorial service for Gillian is 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at St. Augustines’ Episcopal Church, 619 Sterling Highway. The service will be followed by a reception and potluck dinner. If you have stories or pictures of Gillian, please bring them to share.

Mark Yohman

Longtime Kenai resident, Mark Yohman, 55, born March 16, 1958, lost his battle to cancer on June 7, 2013. Funeral services will not be held, but rather a celebration of Mark’s life will be planned before opening day of hunting season this fall.

Robert Hardy

Homer resident Robert “Red” Hardy died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 78. A memorial services was held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Immanuel Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Pastors Ray Boutwell and Glen Harbaugh officiated. He was buried June 4, 2013, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. 

Marc Bucho

In Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii, on April 19, 2013, Marc Bucho, age 42, went home to be with the Lord. 

The circumstances of his death are still under investigation.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Nikiski New Hope Christian Fellowship, Coringa Avenue, Mile 23 Kenai Spur Highway, Nikiski, and officiated by Pastor Henry Haney. A celebration of Marc’s life was held following the service at the residence of Jason and Amy Bucho.

Robert “Red” Hardy

Robert “Red” Hardy, 78, a 30-year Homer resident, died June 1, 2013. A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Immanuel Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai, with Pastors Ray Boutwell and Glen Harbaugh officiating.

Kenneth Llewellyn Halpin

Kenneth L. Halpin, known to most as Ken, or Kenny, age 74, died June 2, 2103.

“He crossed the valley to the other side,” his family said. “He is with Jesus. He is home.”

A family only graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. His family welcomes everyone to attend a memorial service honoring Kenny’s life at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Christian Community Church, 3838 Bartlett Street.

Donald Lee Ledger

Donald Ledger, 81, passed away at The Ark in Homer on May 20, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. There will be a celebration of Don’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Anchor Point Church of Christ. A dessert potluck will follow. 

Lawrence Rogers

Jan. 22, 1925-May 25, 2013

Lawrence Rogers, 88, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Homer. A memorial service will be held at the Homer Elks Lodge on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Lawrence was born to Willie and Lela Rogers in Abilene, Texas, on Jan. 22, 1925. He was raised on farms and attended school in several towns in Texas.  Lawrence graduated in 1943 from Aspermont High School and joined the military service one day later. 

Daniel Lee Mershon

Friends of Dan Mershon are invited to a celebration of his life from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse. Dan died Nov. 2, 2012, while on vacation in Maui, Hawaii. A full obituary was published in the Nov. 16, 2012, Homer News.

Sandra L. Jensen

Homer resident Mrs. Sandra Lauretta Jensen, 71, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at her home in Homer. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Jensen was born Jan. 26, 1942, in Minneapolis, Minn. She graduated high school in Minnesota and in 1984 moved to Alaska, living in Fairbanks, Nome and finally Homer. Before she moved to Alaska she worked as a bartender in Ideal Corners, Minn., for about five years. Sandra loved to garden, collect antique tools and reading history about Alaska.  

Dawn Ann Drake

Kasilof resident Mrs. Dawn Ann Drake, 52, died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Goodyear, Ariz., after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral services are at  3 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, at The Star of The North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Drive, Kenai. Rev. Corbie Cross officiates. Mrs. Drake will be laid to rest following the services at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.
Mrs. Drake was born May 19, 1960, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She received her high school diploma in Homer.

Shawn L. Baker

Shawn L. Baker, 50, of Weed, Calif., was tragically taken from us on April 24, 2013. 

Services were held 4 p.m. May 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Mount Shasta, Calif. Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

Shawn was born April 4, 1963, in Albuquerque, N.M., and is a former resident of Anchor Point and Camarillo, Calif. He has been a Siskiyou County resident for the past 14 years. 

Donna Muscia-Fields

Donna Muscia-Fields, 66, transitioned from this life on April 22, 2013, in Homer surrounded by the love of her many friends. A memorial celebration is at 2 p.m. May 4, 2013, at the Alaska Center for Spiritual Living, 929 East 81st Ave., behind Black Elk off Old Seward Highway in Anchorage. Donna’s favorite desserts will follow.

Howard O. Houglum

 

 

Anchor Point resident Mr. Howard Orvis Houglum, 64, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home with his family by his side. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Richard L. Sprague

Richard Lewis Sprague, 96, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He had suffered from, and many times rallied through, heart problems. He succumbed to congestive heart failure.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Homer at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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