Adkison died July 16, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
Ms. Adkison was born July 3, 1937, in Nome, Alaska. She is survived
by her husband, Harlan Adkison; daughters, Beverly Burkhalter, Cynthia
Sears and husband, David; sons, Gregg Baldwin, Michael and wife, Denise
Drake, and Ronald and wife, Sandra Drake; grandchildren, Aaron, Amanda,
Erica, Jason, Lauren, Matthew, Ryan, Stephanie, and Willie; great-grandchildren
Alexandria, Brooke, and Zacharias; and brother, Thomas Drake.
Larry Agloinga, 31, a White Mountain fisherman, prospector and
mechanic, died Oct. 28, 1989 near White Mountain as a result of a
snow machine accident. A service will be held later this week in White
Mountain. Mr. Agloinga was born Sept. 20, 1951, in White Mountain.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, snowmachines and working on
automobiles. Mr. Agloinga is survived by his parents, Percy Sr. and
Elizabeth; his brothers, Phillip, Percy Jr., William and Charlie;
and his sisters, Martha Creary, of Soldotna, Laura Monroe, of White
Mountain, Maggie Comrie, of Anchorage, and Arlene Avugiak, of Chefornak.
Burial will be in the White Mountain City Cemetery. Service arrangements
were by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.
Victoria Ahgupuk, 88, died Feb. 24, 2003, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Ahgupuk was born March 10,
1914, in Shishmaref, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth
Floyd; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Annie Ahgupuk; son, Robert
L. Ahgupuk; granddaughters Beverly Breaux, Angie McLeod, Kara A. Sweeney,
Lisa, Wilsa and Irene Ahgupuk; granddaughter-in-law, Christine Sweeney;
grandsons, Michael Floyd, David Sweeney, Al, Charlie, and Thomas Ahgupuk;
great-granddaughters, Kimberly Hamilton, Tiffany Miner, Jewel Huntsman,
Kara Faye and Rachael McLeod; and great-grandsons, Henry Miner, Colton
McLeod, Holdyn Floyd, Tyson and Eric Evans, and Ned, Henry, and Robin
resident Hannah Ahwinona, 73, died Dec. 17, 2006, at Providence
Extended Care Center. A funeral will be Friday at Nome Covenant Church.
Pastor Harvey Fisk will officiate. Burial will be at Nome Cemetery.
Mrs. Ahwinona was born Aug. 2, 1933, in Unalakleet. She completed
the sixth grade and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fishing, picking
berries and camping. She was a member of the Nome Covenant Church
and the Covenant Woman's Sewing Circle. Her family wrote, "Each
year Hannah and Jacob spent the summer at their family fish camp,
It-Ki-Gu-paaq, teaching each of their children the Inupiat subsistence
lifestyle of gathering, preserving and curing of Native food. Hannah
looked forward toward spending the summer months at fish camp, enjoying
her favorite fresh Native fish of salmon, grayling and trout, and
the abundance of salmonberries, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries
and rhubarb. She was particularly proud of her "town oven"
at fish camp, (where she baked) fresh bread, cakes and pies for her
family." Mrs. Ahwinona is survived by her husband, Jacob Ahwinona
of Nome; daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia Ahwinona of Washington,
D.C., Debra and Raymond Seetook Sr. of Wales and Dora Ahwinona and
Greg Smith of Nome; niece, Doris Jackson of Anchorage; sister, Laura
Paniptchuk; brother and sister-in-law, Walter Anagick and Arlene Soxie,
all of Unalakleet; grandchildren, Andrew, Rachel, Florence and Raymond
Seetook Jr. of Wales, Edna Jackson of Anchorage and Christian and
Carlin Smith of Nome; and great-grandchildren, Henry and Fred Jacob
Seetook of Wales. She was preceded in death by her son, Fred Ahwinona,
and grandson, David Ahwinona. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial
Betty Jefford Alexander died Oct. 25, 1985, at the age of 69. She
was well-known in Nome as a miner, postmistress and Munz Airlines
associate. Mrs. Alexander was the last of the original Jefford family
consisting of well-known pilot Jack Jefford, mechanic Bill Jefford
and their mother, Mary Jane Jefford. She was born Virginia Beth Jefford,
on June 21, 1916, in McGrew, Neb. With her mother, she came to Nome
in 1938 to join her brothers, who were flying for the old Mir-ow Air
Service. She worked as a beautician in Nome until she met and married
gold miner Heuston Alexander. For many years she mined in the Kougarok,
founding Tiger Talisman Placer Mine, a family operation that is still
being mined by her son. Devon. Mrs. Alexander was the first woman
to attend an Alaska National Guard encampment. Prior to that she was
trained to be on a radio team as part of the Alaska Early Warning
System during World War II. Mrs. Alexander helped in the family businesses
of Alexander Automotive and Nome Cab. She was also associated with
Munz Airlines, where she ran a one- person office. She worked at the
Nome post office for 20 years, as postmistress for six years, retiring
in 1982. Mrs. Alexander was a member of Pioneers of Alaska, Auxiliary
Igloo 1, where she held several offices. She was also a past president
of Beta Sigma Phi. She is survived by her son, Devon Alexander of
Anchorage; her daughter, Dean Brown of Wasilla; and two granddaughters.
Anchorage Daily News, November 18, 1985
Alexander, 81, died Feb. 12, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Alexander was born March 24, 1920
in Mary's Igloo, Alaska. She is survived by her sons, Robert Esenituk
and Ralph Alexander; and her daughters, Sarah Esenituk Bonyfeltd and
Gilbert Anaruk Sr., 68, died Aug. 9, 2004 at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Anaruk was born Sept. 11, 1935 in
White Mountain, Alaska. He is survived by his ex-wife, Mary S. Anaruk;
daughters, Amanda J. Anaruk, Beatrice Alexis Anaruk; daughter
and son-in-law, Sabrina and Ricky Tocktoo; son and daughter-in-law,
Samuel and Christina Anaruk; sons, Benjamin Anaruk and Wesley G. Anaruk
Jr.; sisters, Viva Kinegak and Ebba Raos; brother, Samuel Anaruk;
ten grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces and
Edgar Anawrok, 54, died Jan. 18, 2001, in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr.
Anawrok was born in Unalakleet, Alaska, and is survived by Margaret
Moore, Laura Paniptchuk, Walter Anagick, Rena Anawrok, Hanna Ahwinoa
and Edgar Jackson.
"Jenny" Lee Raphael Sinka Andrews died on March 13 at
approximately 6:15 a.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. Born March 22, 1984, in
Nome, Alaska, she was just shy of 20 when she died unexpectedly.The
length of her name reflects the journey her life took in search of
a safe home and a loving family. She found that briefly when she was
almost a year old in the foster care of Frank Wasmer and Nancy Schave
when they lived in Nome. "When she was taken from us, she was
termed 'gifted,'" Nancy said. "She was the sweetest little
kid."Jenny's search began anew at four-and-a-half when a state
agency transferred her to other foster homes, until she was adopted
at seven by an elderly couple, Joseph and Agatha Sinka, who died four
years later. Several years after their death, her biological mother
Matilda Acoman also died. Jenny attended Skagway High School, graduating
in 2003. She was a cadet with the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department's
Emergency Medical Team for three years, and was active in a number
of athletic activities at school. "She was swimming at one-and-a-half,
and at three, she was fearless diving off the high board," recalled
Frank. "She liked to sit on my arm and fish." Jenny worked
summers at the National Park Service, Diamonds International, Westmark,
and Moose on the Loose, where she learned she loved sales. "She
could sell anything to anyone," said Nancy.At the time of her
death, she was enrolled at Adrian College in Ann Arbor, Mich. A gifted
writer, she was looking at writing as a profession. Several of the
couple's 21 foster children consider Jenny a "sibling of affinity,"
a term Nancy coined for the members of the widely extended family
created over the years. "She was always smiling and happy to
see us," said Melanie Johnston, Frank's biological daughter,
who traveled to Skagway for the memorial service held on March 20
at the Presbyterian Church. Memorial services were also held at the
two rehab programs Jenny had attended in the Lower 48.
young Stebbins man died after his snowmachine reportedly struck a
raised piece of sea ice April 16, 2010. According to the Alaska State
Troopers, Allen Atchak Jr., 19, was involved in the snowmachine
accident on the sea ice near St. Michael at approximately 11 p.m.
on April 16. He was evacuated to Nome where, according to a Trooper
report, medical intervention failed April 17. The report said Atchak
was traveling southwest on the ice when he was thrown from the machine,
receiving internal injuries. Troopers said alcohol was a contributing
factor in the incident.
H. Bahr Sr., 55, died March 21, 2002, in Ninilchik, Alaska. Mr.
Bahr was born Sept. 24, 1946, in Nome, Alaska. He is survived by his
wife, Elsie Sampson Bahr, and sons, Fred Bahr Jr. and Thomas Wayne
Allen Bergsrud, NOME, Alaska - David, 66, died peacefully in his
sleep Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at his home. He was born Feb. 2, 1942,
in Spring Grove, Minn. He was the fifth of six children born to Walter
and Lavern (Bryant) Bergsrud. Dave graduated from Spring Grove High
School in 1960. He continued living in Spring Grove until 1964 when
he drove his 1956 Pontiac up the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where he
was employed at Western Geophysical in Anchorage. Dave married Gail
(Holty) Modjeski in 1968 and had two children. He moved to Nome in
the late 1970s, where he partnered Thrasher and Associates. After
retiring, he found enjoyment in playing cards and driving for Checker
Cab Company in Nome. He is survived by his daughter, Tanya (Gerry)
Ryan of Trempeleau; and his son, Shawn (Jennie) Bergsrud of Winona,
Minn. He has five special granddaughters, Shelby, Shyanne and Shaysie
Ryan and Hailey and Miranda Bergsrud; two sisters, Berthana (JR) Wirth
of Spring Grove and Lucinda Thomas of Four Oaks, N.C.; two brothers,
Wesley (Peggy) Bergsrud of Anchorage and Daryel Bergsrud of Anchorage;
and all of his numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death
by his parents and sister, LaDean Dahle of Hutchinson, Minn. Memorial
services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Trinity Lutheran
in Spring Grove.
Lifelong Alaskan Percy Blatchford, 82, died Jan. 12, 2003,
at Central Peninsula General Hospital. Blatchford, an Inupiaq Eskimo,
was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Golovin, Alaska, to Jenny and Charles Blatchford.
Raised by his grandmother in the Norton Sound village of Elim, he
spent his youth hunting and fishing until he was drafted to serve
in World War II. World War II Veteran, amateur boxer, Navy Seal, Air
Force rescue paramedic, subsistence hunter and father of four are
some of his lifelong accomplishments. He served 30 years in the military
with the distinction of being Alaskas military heavyweight champion
from 1944 to 1946. In 1944, he survived four rounds with Joe Lewis
in an exhibition military fight while stationed in Adak. While at
Adak, he helped capture a Japanese minisub and later trained as a
member of an Air Force rescue squadron in the jungles of Panama during
the Vietnam War. After retiring from the military, Blatchford worked
for the state as a heavy equipment operator and enjoyed subsistence
hunting and fishing in Cook Inlet. Blatchford never forgot his roots.
He was known to be generous and happily shared his successes with
his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Johnny Blatchford,
Barbara Blatchford, Joel Blatchford and Lance Blatchford; brother
and sisters, Bernice Greiner, Joe Blatchford, Violet Vi
Mack, Rose Albrightson, Alan Blatchford and Gladys Armstrong; numerous
grandchildren and many other family members.
A. Bowman Sr., 70, died Nov. 6, 2004, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Bowman was born July 15, 1934, in
Nome, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Troyer; son, Carl
A. Bowman Jr.; and brothers, Jim Bowman and Robert Bowman.
Edward Buck, 59, attorney and farmer of Britt, Iowa, passed
away at his home on Saturday, November 7, 2009. John was born to
Erwin L. and Mary Louise (Trulson) Buck, on February 3, 1950. He
graduated from the Britt High School before furthering his education
at the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana, where he received
his Certification in Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics, along with
his mechanics inspector's authorization. His passion for flying
and interest in the field of aviation led him to the Western Michigan
University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Transportation.
John always embodied an adventurous spirit and following graduation
embarked on a plane trip with three close friends to explore the
West Coast from the southern tip of Baja California at Cabo San
Lucas to the far north of Barrow, Alaska. He entered law school
in 1973 and while attending also instructed ground school courses
at the airport. In 1976, he was invited by a good friend to move
to Nome, Alaska, for work as a flight instructor. He and Robin Baumgartner,
who later that year became his wife, hitch-hiked to Illinois, to
fetch a small airplane that they ferried up to Nome to embark on
this opportunity. In October 1976, John and Robin returned to Iowa
City and John completed his studies at the law school, as well as
continuing his work at a flight instructor locally. He finished
law school in 1977 and passed the bar exam at the beginning of 1978.
At that time he became one of ten people in the United States to
hold a mechanic's certificate, inspection authorization and law
degree. Later that year he and Robin moved to Britt. The couple
had two children, Sarah in September of 1978 and Seth in February
of 1981. In 1983, John was offered the position of General Manager
at Bering Air and the family was once again relocated to Nome. In
October of 1983, the family returned to the Britt area. John had
an insatiable appetite for learning and as a result prospected many
occupational pursuits which included in-house legal work and research
and development for the Britt Tech Corporation, founding Kinetics,
a wooden propeller manufacturing enterprise and practicing law with
his father, independently, and later with partners and friends,
Dave Fenchel and Paul Doster as Fenchel, Doster and Buck of Britt
and Algona. John was an avid conservationist involved with Ducks
Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, served as a Hancock County Soil Commissioner
and engaged in sustainable and organic farming practices as well
as the reconstruction of natural wetland and tall grass prairie
habitat on his acreage. His interests and abilities spanned a broad
spectrum and in this manner he brought people from many walks of
life together. His presence will be greatly missed by many. John
is survived by his daughter, Sarah, son, Seth and grandson, Timothy,
all of Crystal Lake, Iowa; sisters, Kathryn Buck and friend, Mark
Russell of New York, New York, Nancy and husband, Al Wilcox of Valrico,
Florida, Sandy and husband, Bob Ehrig of Nevada, Iowa and Janine
Rawlings of Marshalltown, Iowa; and brother, Andrew and wife, Michelle
Townsend of Galena, Illinois; as well as numerous cousins, nieces,
nephews and many, many friends. A gathering in celebration of John's
life is being planned by Seth and Sarah to take place in the spring
of 2010 when the waterfowl migrate through north Iowa, a time that
was always very significant for John, and will take place at the
resident Ifginia Rosa Clark, 77, a homemaker, died Dec. 4,
1990 at Alaska Native Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A funeral
will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and
Crematory with the Rev. Keith Fullerton of Evangelical Covenant Church
officiating. Mrs. Clark was born Sept. 23, 1913, in Unalakleet. According
to her family, she loved to sew. She is survived by her daughters,
Grace Scribner of Anchorage, Mabel Moses of Mekoryuk, and Ada Hengel
of Winona, Minn.; her sons, Jerry Roberts of Bethel, and Alden Roberts
of Anchorage; her brother, Harry Eakon of Unalakleet; her sister,
Clara Gordon of Fairbanks; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Burial will be in the spring in Angelus Memorial Park.
remains of Alfred J. Daly were taken to Nome from the Tanana
for interment. The Daily Alaska Dispatch, 29 Aug 1912
Alaskan resident Joseph David Jr., 27, died Feb. 21, 1991 in
Mekoryuk. A funeral was held Feb. 28 at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes
and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel. The Rev. Keith Fullerton of the Evangelical
Covenant Church officiated. A graveside service was conducted March
2 in Mekoryuk. Mr. David was born Feb. 15, 1964, in Nome. He grew
up in Unalakleet, Mekoryuk, Bethel and Anchorage. He was a 1982 graduate
of West Anchorage High School. He was a member of the Calista Regional
Corp., and the Mekoryuk (NIMA) Village Corp. While living in Anchorage,
he had been employed at Tony Roma's Restaurant. He later taught ivory-carving
for the Lower Kuskokwim School District, and most recently had been
employed at Bering Sea Reindeer Products in Mekoryuk. Mr. David is
survived by his parents, Joseph and Margie, of Anchorage; his brothers,
John of Mekoryuk, Dwayne of Anchorage, Morris King of Anchorage, and
George Kink Jr. of South Naknek; his sisters, Rose Evon, Ruth Washington
and Rena Nyako, all of Anchorage; and Sandra King of Fairbanks.
resident Lawrence Tingook Davis, 75, died at his Anchorage
home Feb. 4, 2006, due to carcinoma. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday
at the Nome Recreation Center. The Rev. Caleb Dotomain will officiate.
Pallbearers will include Peter Neagle, Tim Lynch, Stan Piscoya, Bill
Herzner, Shane McHale and Mike Piscoya. Burial will be at Nome Cemetery.
Mr. Davis was born Feb. 24, 1930, in Deering to Lucy and Elmer Davis.
He completed the ninth grade. Mr. Davis served as a member of the
Alaska Territorial Guard of Deering from 1944 to 1948 and with the
Alaska National Guard of Nome from 1951 to '58. The owner and operator
of a reindeer herd in Nome since 1967, Mr. Davis was also the founder
of the Reindeer Herder Association. He served as past president of
Sitnasuak Native Corp., as a councilman on the Nome City Council and
as a state representative. He was instrumental on the state level,
his family said. Mr. Davis worked on the introduction and establishment
of rural community colleges statewide and received historical recognition
for the Iditarod Trail. He had also received an invitation to the
White House to meet with President Ford. His family wrote: "Dad
passed on his knowledge and experience of subsistence hunting, fishing,
gathering, gold mining and the fine art of reindeer herding to the
future generations." Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, MaryAnn
Davis of Nome; sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Ann Davis of Soldotna,
Clark and Dora Davis of Nome, Thomas Davis of Nome, and Jeff Davis
of Anchorage; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Peter Neagle of
Anchorage, Cheryl and Tim Lynch of Anchorage, Ruth and Stan Piscoya
of Nome, and Paula and Bill Herzner of Nome; sisters, Ethel Karmun
of Nome, and Flora Jepson, Mary Gibson and Queen Davis, all of Anchorage;
brother, David Davis of Kotzebue; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Davis; sister, Suzy Davis;
and brothers, Clifford and Henry Davis. Arrangements were with Evergreen
Memorial Chapel, 737 E St.
Dimmick, 77, died Sept. 4, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Dimmick was born July 30, 1925, in
Shishmaref, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; daughters,
Arlene J. Hobson and Lily E. VanFleet; sons, Gordon K. Dimmick, John
S. Dimmick, Russell A. Dimmick, and Robert E. Donlun.
Tex., May 17. - Five years ago Sam Dobbins, well known in this
county, left Corsicana to engage in work on a railroad. Northing was
heard of or from him until a few days ago, when his sister, Miss Emma
Dobbins, received a letter from Cape Nome from young Dobbins' partner
stating that young Dobbins had died of scurvy while trying to reach
Cape Nome from the Klondike region. The letter had inclosed in it
a photograph of young Dobbins and told a story of horrible sufferings
and hardships in the efforts of the party of four men to reach Cape
Nome from the interior of the Alaskan territory. Dobbins was buried
in the mountain wilds, his body being wrapped in the pelts of animals,
and his last request was that the news of his death be sent to his
people in the country as soon as possible. The letter containing this
news was dated Anvil City, Cape Nome, Jan. 5, 1900, and was written
a year after young Dobbins' death.
Fitzhugh, 87, died February 24, 2000, at home. Mrs. Fitzhugh was
born in St. Michael, Alaska, on July 2, 1912. She is survived by her
daughter Aileen Razo; son Frank Fitzhugh and many grandchildren and
Carol Fraley, 61, of Anchorage, Alaska died August 9, 1999 at
her home. Ms. Fraley was born June 20, 1938 on King Island, Alaska.
She is survived by her sons Roger Newton, Daniel Rediske, Linval L.
Fraley Jr., Wesley Fraley and Richard Putkonen; daughters Karen J.
Moore and Carma J. Fraley; grandchildren Kyle Moore, Michael D. and
Christie A. Fraley.
John Galley, 46, died Aug. 1, 2004, in Nome, Alaska. Mr. Galley
was born Oct. 31, 1957, in Nome, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter,
Sonita Cleveland; sisters, Clara Annoyac, Janet Miller and Aleta Pushruk;
brothers, Stan Galley and Brian Wienard; and other relatives and good
Irene Graham, 92, died Oct. 15, 2003, at Culpepper Regional Hospital
in Culpepper, Virginia. Ms. Graham was born Sept. 26, 1911, in St.
Michaels, Alaska. She is survived by her son, James E. Graham, Jr.;
sisters, Edna Hestnes and Ruth Ziesing; granddaughters, Nikki Graham
and Darla Graham; grandsons, Kurt Graham and David Graham; and many
nieces and nephews.
William Hagberg, 65, died Nov. 1, 2002, at the Columbia Memorial
Hospital in Astoria, Ore. Mr. Hagberg was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Nome,
Alaska. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Charlein and
Jerry Sanford; son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Susan Hagberg; and
grandchildren, Alexa and Lauren Sanford and Kristen, Kyle and Katie
H. Herman, 46, of Anchorage, Alaska died Jan. 3, 1999 at his residence.
Mr. Herman was born April 28, 1952 in Nome, Alaska. He is survived
by his sisters Lorraine R. Kost and Dorothy E. Gregory; brothers Kenneth
G., Thomas S. and Sidney J. Herman; aunts Etta Tocktoo, Helen Allatayuk
and Lydia; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his best friend,
Dies of Injuries
Robert C. (Bob) Harwood died April 3,  as a result
of injuries received in a snowmachine accident. He was 44 years
old. He was born July 19,  in Sprague, Washington state, son
of Boyd and Mildred Harwood. Harwood was a veteran of the Korean
Conflict (war) after graduating from high school in Snohomish, Washington
state following his attendance at Fairbanks High School and he also
attended the University of Washington for two years. He was well
known in Nome and the vicinity and was active in pushing sporting
events. During his service in Korea, Harwood won the Korean Service
Ribbon, the United Nations Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. In
Nome he was active in the Masonic Lodge which he joined here, was
a member of the American Legion, the Jaycees, the Chamber of Commerce,
and the Nome Volunteer Fire Department. Harwood participated in
basketball both as a player and coach and was in the Midnight Sun
Raft Race each year. Besides his mother, Harwood leaves a sister
Mrs. Robert Shick, and two children Kathy Lynn and Robert Jr. Funeral
services have not been announced pending results of an autopsy which
was being performed in Anchorage. Funeral Services will be under
the direction of Anvil Lodge 140 with Worshipful Master Edgar A.
Spruce Jr. officiating. Burial will be Belmont Point Cemetery. The
Nome Nugget, submitted courtesy of Sharon Pearson.
Blackjack Johnson, 78, died June 24, 2003, at the Heritage Hospital
in Tarboro, N.C. Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 13, 1924, in Nome, Alaska.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Johnson; three daughters, Audrey
Johnson, Jane Vollant, and Caroline Cooke; five sons, Fredrick, Michael,
Kenneth, Robert, and Steve Johnson; one stepdaughter, Lisa Ruffin;
13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Nome resident Harry Edward "Cookie" Johnsen Jr.,
63, died June 24, 2005, at home of natural causes. A funeral will
be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Nome. Burial
will follow at the Nome Cemetery. A potluck will follow at the Nome
Eskimo Community Hall. Mr. Johnsen was born Jan. 3, 1942, in Nome
to Harry Edward Johnsen Sr. and Laura Anna Johnsen. He worked for
the state of Alaska as a surveyor's helper when home during summers
from college, then finally as a meteorologist for the weather service
(National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association). He also served six
years in the National Guard as a radio operator and was a sharpshooter.
Mr. Johnsen was honorably discharged from the military in 1971. His
family said: "Like his father, Cookie was very talented musically.
He played the saxophone, clarinet, trombone, violin, piano and accordion.
He was so good on the sax that he could make one cry. "Cookie
loved life and everything in it. He would walk up to a strange, chained-up
dog which would be snarling, growling, lunging on its chain, wanting
to bite, and make instant friends with it. He excelled at whatever
he did, be it sports, hunting, fishing, or just plain being a friend.
Cookie loved reading daily, and especially doing crossword puzzles."
Mr. Johnsen is survived by his son, Richard Bruce Johnsen; sister,
Edna Buffas; nieces, Doreen Schenkenberger, Angela Buffas-James, Renita
Magnuson and Briggetta Reddaway; nephew, Sterling Buffas; and numerous
other relatives and friends.
Kalerak, 65, died March 18, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Kalerak was born Nov. 2, 1937, in
Solomon, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Ann Kalerak; daughters,
Lynda Kalerak and Annette Piscoya; son, Walter Andrew Kalerak; granddaughters,
Meghann Piscoya, Sarah, Harmony, and Lily Huntsman; grandsons, Ryan
Kalerak, Benny, Cameron, and Andy Piscoya; and sisters, Esther Bahnke,
Martha Anselm, Dolly and Ruth Kalerak.
F. Karp of Eugene [Oregon] died July 5 (2008) of cancer at age
72. A memorial gathering was held in Eugene and a memorial celebration
is planned for August in Nome, Alaska. Karp was born May 27, 1936,
in Baker City to William and Merna Burgess Karp. He married Carlene
Millet on Dec. 11, 1960, in Reno, Nev. Karp served in the Army 298th
Signal Corps in France from 1955 to 1957. He received a bachelor's
degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University
of Oregon in 1964. He worked in student union administration at
Ithaca College, the University of Oregon and Western Washington
State College. He was superintendent of Alaska State Operated Schools
and an administrative officer for Alaska's department of transportation
in Nome. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Merna of Seattle
and Robin of Nome; a son, David of Anchorage; a brother, Bill of
Eugene; and 11 grandchildren. Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation&
Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to the Chris Karp Memorial
Fund in care of the University of Oregon Foundation, Eugene.
CassieKernan, 45, died Dec. 22, 2004, at her home.
She was born July 4, 1959, in Nome, Alaska. Cassie graduated from
Service High in 1977. She attended both Johnson & Wales University
and Loyola Marymount University. Mrs. Kernan lived in Nome, Fairbanks,
Kenai and Nikiski. She married John P. Kernan in a hot air balloon
over Anchorage on June 22, 1985. She is survived by her husband, John;
sons Zeth and Jordan Kernan; stepdaugther Melissa Kernan; mother and
CIRI shareholder Gertrude Ah Nee; brothers and CIRI shareholders
William J. Miller, Robert E. Miller and Norman D. Miller Jr.; sisters
and CIRI shareholders Antoinette Miller and Leesa Van Zandt; nieces
Paula Bourdon, Michelle Nicholas, Amanda Kashtook and Amberly Miller;
and nephew Devin Van Zandt. She was a member of the Alaska Native
Lutheran Church and the Church of God of Soldotna. Cassie enjoyed
sewing, arts and crafts and collecting teapots. Her family shares
that she was known for her beautiful smile, always affectionate nature,
warm hugs and quick wit she will be missed greatly by all those
who had the opportunity to know her.
M. Komakhuk, Sr., 59, died July 22, 2002, at home in Eagle River,
Alaska. Mr. Komakhuk was born July 17, 1943, near Solomon, Alaska.
He is survived by his spouse, Carol Komakhuk; mother, Ethel Komakhuk;
daughters and sons-in-law, Joannie and Gale Daw, Tina and John Whittaker;
son Wayne Komakhuk; grandchildren, Jay, Timothy and Jessica Daw, Brandi
and John Whittaker, Jr.; brothers, Hansel, Kenny, Sammy, Eddie, and
Jonathon Komakhuk; and sisters, Molly Judd, Maggie Clark, Clara Beckman,
Carol Elvsaas, and Myrtle Sabatis.
Ann (aka Anne) Komakhuk, 61, died June 14, 2002, at home in Anchorage.
Ms. Komakhuk was born Aug. 30, 1940, in Solomon, Alaska. She is survived
by her daughter, Starlette Komakhuk; sons Douglas, Roy and Samuel
Komakhuk; daughter-in-law, Trudi Komakhuk; grand-children, Kristel,
Tanya, David and Daneille Komakhuk; and her great-grandson, Alexander
resident John Arthur Kotongan Sr., 34, died July 28, 2005 at
Alaska Native Medical Center from massive head injuries. He was an
organ donor. A service will be in Gambell at a later date. Mr. Kotongan
was born July 13, 1971, in Anchorage to Betsy Kotongan of Gambell
and Edwin Kotongan Jr. of Elim. He graduated from Aniguiin High School
in 1989. He served in Desert Storm from 1990 until 1994 in the U.S.
Marine Corps. He also worked as a village police officer in Gambell.
Mr. Kotongan loved to hunt and provide food for his family. He went
hunting every chance he got. His family wrote, "John was a very
loving and caring father, son, and nephew." Mr. Kotongan is survived
by his longtime companion, Tina Weyiouanna of Shishmaref; daughter,
Sydney Kotongan; son, John Kotongan Jr., both of Nome; mother, Betsy
Kotongan of Gambell; aunts, Rhoda Boolwon of Gambell, Judy Beltz,
Donna Koonooka and Dorene Holbrooks of Anchorage, Rachel Ungarook
of Barrow, and Carolyn Bradley of Elim; uncles, Merlin, Gerald, Job,
Ben and Al Koonooka of Gambell, and Kenneth, Gabriel and Brian Kotongan
of Elim; father, Edwin Kotongan Jr.; grandmother, Elizabeth Kotongan;
and cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. He was preceded in death
by his grandparents, Ilene Kakaruk and Harold Koonooka; aunts, Marjorie
Maldanoto, Ila James, Jean Pungowiyi and Clara Nagaruk; grandfather,
Edwin Kotongan Sr.; and uncle, Paul Kotongan. Arrangements are with
Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Corrine Maloney, 64, died Aug. 4, 2001, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Ms. Maloney was born Jan. 8, 1937 in Nome, Alaska and is survived
by Glenn Daniel Irby.
Pearl Meehan, 62, died May 21, 2004, at the Providence Alaska
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Meehan was born May 13, 1942,
in Elim, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Robert V. Meehan
Sr.; daughters, Susan L. Gibson, Michele L. Meehan, and Patricia P.
Meehan; son, Robert V. Meehan Jr.; grandson, Robert C. Meehan, whom
she raised; grandchildren, Laura, Rachel, Mason, Mandy, Blake, Christopher,
Dustin, Alexandra, Efren Jr., Brandon, Tessie, and Austin; and great-grandchild,
resident Lincoln Edward Milligrock, 79, died July 12, 2010, at Alaska
Native Medical Center in Anchorage.The funeral and burial were July
21 in Nome, with Pastor Harvey Fiskeau of the Covenant Church presiding.Born
April 14, 1931, Lincoln lived in Alaska all his life. He was a skillful
hunter and ivory carver, becoming well-known both locally and worldwide.Lincoln
loved the outdoor activities, especially in summer. He was content
piloting his boat, which he built; transporting family and friends
to the fish camp; or finding a good berry patch. He enjoyed havingfamily
members and friends close around him for picnics or for an evening
of card games. He was always fair and gentle in disciplining his grandchildren
or any child left in his care. Many strangers found his conversation
interesting. He was patient with their questions about his carving
or about the tools he used, some of which he created. He was always
willing to be photographed; and he was well-respected and will be
missed by many family and friends.He was preceded in death by his
grandparents, Spike and Queenie Milligrock; his mother, Martha Elasanga;
father, Dwight Milligrock Sr.; stepmother, Jessie; sister, Susie Pederson;
brother, Alfred; half-brothers, Oscar and Percy; stepbrother, Ed Morris;
stepsister, Irene Nuglene; daughter, Deborah; and sons, Thomas and
Playdon Storis Milligrock.Lincoln is survived by his wife of 61 years,
Emily; sister, Mesonga Atkinson; stepsister, Lydia; half-brothers,
Vernon, Dwight Jr. and Douglas; half-sisters, Marilyn Grills, Elizabeth
Ahwinona; children, Martha Didio, Sylvia Eningowuk, Rose Guilbeau
and Sara; and son, Mark; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew, Marsha,
Melinda, Clarissa, Storis, Gina, Johnny and Mayac; and numerous great-grandchildren
and nieces and nephews.
F. Mosquito Sr., 59, died Oct. 22, 2003, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center, in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Mosquito was born Aug. 18,
1944, in Igloo, Alaska. He is survived by his daughters, Delores Savage,
Ellen Milligrock, and Madelon B. Meyer; and sons, Burl F. Mosquito
Jr. and Mark Mosquito.
Inuituk Mosquito, 54, died April 15, 2004, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Mr. Mosquito was born in Teller, Alaska. He is survived by
his father, Frank N. Mosquito; sisters, Helen McClusky and Stella
L. Dau; and brothers, Roger Mosquito Sr., Einer Mosquito, and Frank
Mosquito Jr. relevant
was one of the great cliffhangers of the 20th century, one that held
a nation in white-knuckled thrall for more than a week in 1925 as
the world wondered whether a supply of life-saving serum would make
it to icebound Nome, Alaska, in time to save the town's 1,429 residents
from a raging diphtheria epidemic. Now, almost three-quarters of a
century later, an event that dominated radio broadcasts and newspaper
headlines is a fading memory. The tale has often been told, but when
Edgar Nollner died on Monday at his home in Galena, Alaska,
it seemed time to tell it once more: Mr. Nollner, who was 94, was
the last of the 20 intrepid mushers and more than 150 dogs who became
national heroes when they made their way in relays through raging
storms over 674 forbidding miles to save a town and carve a legend
in the snow. The race against death, as it was called, inspired statues
and speeches and eventually the annual Iditarod dog sled race, but
to Mr. Nollner it was simply a day's work. The son of a Missouri man
who came over the Chilkoot Pass for the 1890's gold rush, Mr. Nollner,
whose mother was an Athabascan Indian, was born 10 miles upriver in
Old Village, but from the age of 15 he made his home and his living
in the Yukon River town of Galena. He was 20 when the call went out
for the territory's best dog sledders to form a relay from the railhead
at Nenana to Nome. Like the others, he was an experienced musher who
carried the mail and other supplies by dog sled, raced and used his
sled to haul wood and carry home the area's abundant game. It was
on Jan. 21 that the first ominous Morse code message from Dr. Curtis
Welch, Nome's only physician and the head of the Public Health Service's
most remote outpost, clacked out over radiotelegraph to ''Ouside,''
as Alaskans called the rest of the world. Reporting several cases
of diphtheria, a highly contagious and often fatal respiratory ailment,
and two deaths, Dr. Welch, who was rapidly using up Nome's 7,500 units
of six-year-old antitoxin, issued an urgent appeal for more of the
serum, the only hope, he warned, of averting a full-scale epidemic
in a community whose large Eskimo population had proved vulnerable
to alien diseases. A supply of 300,000 units, enough to cure about
100 patients or treat perhaps 300 exposed to the disease, was swiftly
traced to the Anchorage Railroad Hospital, but the question was how
to get it the 1,000 miles to Nome. Delivery by air seemed the obvious
answer, but with Alaska's only two planes, both open-cockpit models,
crated for the winter, the territorial Governor, Scot C. Bone, knew
such an effort would be futile -- and in the frigid, windy weather
almost certainly fatal. He was willing enough to let pilots risk their
lives, but he would not risk the serum. So, turning to a more reliable,
19th-century technology, he ordered the serum sent by rail from Anchorage
to Nenana, 298 miles to the north. From there, it would be a matter
of men and their dogs. The train arrived at Nenana at 10:30 P.M. on
the 27th, and the fur-wrapped 20-pound cylinder was handed over to
Wild Bill Shannon, who lashed it to his sled, called out to his malamutes
and set off down the frozen Tanana River into history. At a time when
Nome received almost all of its winter supplies by dog sled, it normally
took a musher 15 to 20 days to make the trip over the old Iditarod
Trail, and never less than 9. But with 20 mushers and dog teams dividing
the trek into short sprints, the serum flew across the territory,
arriving in Nome on Feb. 2 in a record 5 days and 7 hours. Mr. Nollner,
who had the 10th leg, had been scheduled to take a 42-mile run, but
when his married younger brother, George, asked for a role, he let
him drive the last 18 miles. Like others, Mr. Nollner, who ran his
leg at night, covering the 24 miles from Whiskey Point to Galena in
three hours, reported so much blowing snow that he could not see his
dogs but really did not need to. The dogs, led by his trusty Dixie,
knew the trail and never faltered. Mr. Nollner's friend Charlie Evans
did not fare as well. On his 30-mile run from Bishop Mountain to Nulato,
Mr. Evans's two lead dogs froze to death in harness, so he did the
obvious thing -- he took their place and pulled along with his other
dogs on the final miles of the run. Within days after the serum arrived
in Nome (frozen but quickly thawed), the epidemic, which claimed five
lives, had been broken. The 20 men and scores of dogs on the famed
serum run were all hailed as heroes, but to most students of the event,
the Norwegian-born Leonhard Seppala and his lead dog, a 48-pound Siberian
husky named Togo, were the most heroic, because they traveled the
first and longest leg of the run, 260 miles, before handing off the
serum. But much of the credit ended up going to a second-string lead
dog on the final 55-mile leg, Balto, whose background was garbled
with Togo's in glowing news reports of the day. A statue of Balto,
the subject of a children's book and a 1995 animated movie, stands
in Central Park, and his stuffed body has been exhibited at museums
in Cleveland and Anchorage. For all the acclaim it received, the serum
run marked the end of an era. Before the year was over, Alaska's scheduled
air service and the proliferation of snow machines brought an end
to mushing as an essential north country occupation. The Iditarod,
a network of interconnecting trails extending for more than 2,000
miles, was soon abandoned until parts of it were revived in 1973 for
the annual race. And if the threat of diphtheria now seems quaint,
it is only because the serum run brought an end to the disease as
a health menace in the United States. To Mr. Nollner, a treasured
fixture at the modern Iditarod race, greeting the mushers as they
came through Galena, the serum run was just part of a lifetime in
the wild. A man who recalled when caribou, beavers, foxes and wolverines
abounded, and the springtime skies would be so black with migrating
geese that a single shot could feed a family for a month, he continued
to live the outdoor life. A gregarious sort who was widely admired,
he was always the life of the party at the great north country potlatch
celebrations, and he liked dancing almost as much as he did hunting.
Along the way, he married twice and fathered two dozen children, 20
of whom survive, along with what some of them insist are more than
200 grandchildren and no telling how many great-grandchildren. Despite
the end of the dog sled era, Mr. Nollner did not abandon his dogs
and sleds right away. Nor did he abandon saving lives. In February
1953, while gathering wood with his dog team, he heard an Air Force
plane crash. Finding two wounded officers on the verge of freezing
to death in temperatures 54 degrees below zero, he built a fire and
called his friend Charlie Evans to help him get them to town. A quarter-century
later when one of the officers, Lionel Levin, tracked him down, Mr.
Nollner told him it had simply been a day's work.
Nulikina Noyakuk, 87, died Sept. 5, 2003, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Noyakuk was born June 16,
1916, in Shishmaref, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter, Alice
passes on...HERBIE NAYOKPUK: Iditarod legend leaves legacy
that is known around the world.
Herbie Nayokpuk never strayed far from his lifelong home on a remote
Island at the edge of the Bering Strait north of Nome, but his fame
spread around the globe. A dog musher from youth on, he was known
to Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race fans all over the world as "The
Shishmaref Cannonball,'' a nickname blending his home village of Shishmaref
with his straight-ahead style in both dog mushing and life: always
smiling, always happy, charging into the new day with the enthusiasm
of a puppy.
Nayokpuk, 77, died Saturday afternoon [4 Dec 2006] at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, surrounded by family members. He suffered
a massive stroke at his home in mid-November then lapsed into a coma.
S. Okpealuk, 53, of Wales, Alaska died Feb. 28, 1999 at his residence.
Mr. Okpealuk was born May 13, 1945 in Little Diomede, Alaska. He is
survived by wife Marie Okpealuk; sons Jacob Soolook, Kyle, Lane and
Kellen Okpealuk and daughters Madeleine, Alexandria and Florence Okpealuk
Noah Oksoktaruk, 48, died Feb. 16, at home in Seattle, Wash. Mr.
Oksoktaruk was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Nome, Alaska. He enjoyed fishing,
computer games, traveling and making people laugh. Mr. Oksoktaruk
was laid to rest in White Mountain, Alaska, his native home. He is
survived by Jeannie Wells; daughter, Anisha Lumiansky; sons, Loren
Henry and Quinn Oksoktaruk; sisters, Lucy Ione, Tina Munsson, Laura
Oksoktaruk, Daleen Soxie, Helma Soxie, Jennie Spivey and Evelyn Wilson;
and brother, David Oksoktaruk.
resident William "Bill" Oscar Oman, 61, died July
20, 2005, at Alaska Native Medical Center with family members present.A
service was July 25 in Nome. Mr. Oman was born July 18, 1944, in Candle,
to Carl and Lela Kiana Oman. He graduated in 1963 from Nome High School,
where he was proud to have been a Nome Nanook and was known as "Big
Bill." Mr. Oman married Charlene Frazier and together they had
his only child, Tina Oman-Green. In March 1968, he was drafted into
the U.S. Army and served until 1970. During his service he earned
the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star,
Air Medal and Vietnam Combat Certificate. Mr. Oman was employed with
Alaska Airlines as a cargo handler for many years and as a bartender
for the Arctic Native Brotherhood. Along with several other jobs,
he worked on the North Slope during construction of the trans-Alaska
oil pipeline. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
and American Legion in Nome and assisted during the design and construction
of the VFW Hall. He was proud to have been a former commander and
was a trustee at his death. He was also a member of the Arctic Native
Brotherhood in Nome. He loved to go fishing, crabbing, boating and
to the Reno Air Races. He had many friends who fondly called him "Billy-O."
His family writes: "Our father, grandfather, son, brother and
friend was caring, kind and always put others before him. He will
be greatly missed, but we will always feel his presence in our hearts."
Mr. Oman is survived by his daughter, Tina Oman-Green; granddaughter,
LaSheaya Williams; mother, Lela Oman; sisters and their husbands,
Irene and Earl Merchant, and June and George Briggs; brothers, Bob
Oman and his wife, Anne, and Lee Oman; many nieces and nephews, including
Earl III, Carl, Jodi and Bill Merchant, Alison and Elizabeth Briggs,
Lisa, Cindy, Bobby and Lynnee Oman, and John, Carl, Sheryl and Kristen
Marie Ongtowasruk left to be with our Lord on March 30, 2010.Sonya
was born in Nome, Alaska on July 16, 1985 to Victor and Linda Ongtowasruk.
She gave birth to two very beautiful daughters; Chelsea Ida, and Mary
Jane who she loved dearly. Sonya graduated from Wales Kingikmiut School
in 2003. During her high school years she was very active in sports:
basketball, volleyball, skiing and cross country running. Traveling
during these activities she made many friends throughout the region.
She enjoyed corralling, picking greens, Eskimo dancing, climbing Razorback
Mountain, hanging out with her sisters and friends, playing board
games, and listening to music. Sonya was most passionate about taking
very good care of her daughters, keeping them on schedule and making
sure they were happy. She was recently employed by the Wales Native
Store as Assistant Store Manager. Past employment: Children's House
and Bright Beginning Day Care Center in Palmer, Native Village of
Wales After School Coordinator, Bingo Caller/Collector, and participated
in the Wales Youth Committee. She is survived by her companion: Stanley
Milligrock, her two beautiful daughters Chelsea Ida, and Mary Jane
Ongtowasruk; mother Linda A. Ongtowasruk; sisters Victoria and companion
Mack Moore, Ada Wellert and companion John Tocktoo; Katie and companion
Clark Okpealuk; Julia Ongtowasruk; and brother John David Ongtowasruk;
grandmothers Faye Ongtowasruk of Wales, and Clara Topkok of Teller;
uncles Frank and Francis Ongtowasruk of Shishmaref; Clyde and Michele;
J. Coy; and Davis Ongtowasruk of Wales; and Nathan Topkok and companion
Rhonda Komonaseak of Teller; aunts Loretta and Dave Parker, Sr. of
Anchorage; Barbara and Jonathan Weyiouanna of Nome; Fannie and Tony
Weyiouanna Sr. of Shishmaref; Grace Hilbert of Anchorage; Jenny and
Charlie Lee of Teller; Ruby and companion Marvin Kulowiyi; nephews
and nieces Tyler, Johnelle, Jerilyn, Amy and Karalee Wellert; Roxanne
and Lucien Ongtowasruk; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Victor T. Ongtowasruk; sister
Ida Jennifer Ongtowasruk; and grandfathers Clarence Ongtowasruk and
"Emuk" Outwater Sr., 85, was born in Noorvik on Nov.
24, 1919, to Ruby Outwater and Murphy Johnson. He was raised as a
loving son to Ruby and Clay Outwater. Said Walter of his wife, Ruth,
"I trusted her in everything. In the early times of our marriage,
I knew that she would be okay, knowing that the home and our children
would be taken care of." They were married on Sept. 22, 1938
in Candle. Walter became a pastoral student at the Evangelical Covenant
Church and was dedicated at the Wales yearly conference in 1960. He
received his Pastor's Certificate and a congratulatory recognition
from Gov. William Egan. Walter moved his family to Anchorage in 1969
where he worked for the Anchorage School District at West High School
as a maintenance technician. While working there he started and faithfully
served as pastor for the Anchorage Friends Church until he retired
from his pastorship. While fishing on the Yukon River, he heard a
message on KICY that he was elected to be Superintendent of the Alaska
Yearly meeting at Kotzebue in 1983. After accepting the position,
he served as Superintendent for four years, went to pastor at Deering
and Nome, and re-retired in 1992.
Clarence J. "C.J." Phillips, 82, of Oceanside, Calif.,
died Feb. 22, 2006. He was born on Jan 28, 1924. Mr. Phillips lived
life with gusto and enthusiasm. He was a dreamer and a doer. In 1947,
he went to Nome, Alaska and his love of Nome and all of Alaska never
died. He spent over 50 years in Alaska. He was a proud member of Pioneer
Igloo #1. He owned Nome Liquor Store and was the first person to continuously
buy fish commercially on Norton Sound. He had the first winter commercial
crab operation in Nome. He was a recognized authority on Geothermal
Energy and was convinced Norton Sound could derive its energy needs
from the Geothermal Energy Pilgrim Hot Springs could produce. Mr.
Phillips was also well known for his stories. His repertoire increased
as he listened to the "gold rush" prospectors, built runways
in villages, worked on "White Alice" communications sites
and did soil survey work on the Parks Highway Project, etc. He was
a free spirit in life and now his spirit is free to travel even further.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Rosemary Phillips; a brother,
sisters and in-laws, Herman and Betty Watson, Odas and Annette Watson,
Annie Wallace, Margaret Phillips, Mary Norris and Judy Watson. He
was preceded in death by his father, Jordon Phillips; mother, Bonnie
Phillips Watson; sisters, Nell Pope and Catherine Blevins; brothers,
Marshall Phillips, Ed Phillips and John Watson, all from Shady Valley,
Tenn. and Watauga County, N.C. He will join his much beloved Grandmother
Main in Shady Valley, Tennessee. Services will be conducted Monday
evening at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, from the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home Chapel
with Dr. Thomas Peake to officiate. The family will receive friends
from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to services on Monday.
Interment will be in the Billy Hill Cemetery, Shady Valley, Tenn.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the website www.hux-lipford.com.
Hux-Lipford Funeral Home of Mountain City, Tenn. is serving the Phillips
Roberta Canon Poggas, 60, died April 10, 2002, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Ms. Poggas was born April 5, 1942, in Nome, Alaska. She is
survived by her sister, Josephine Thomas; brother, Mike Canon; sister-in-law,
Georgia M. Bass; and brother-in-law, Robert A. Poggas.
SAMBO Harry Alexander Sambo, 74, died May 10, 2003, at the Alaska
Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Sambo was born Nov.
22, 1928, in Unalakleet, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Louise
Nadia Sambo; sister, Betsy Sambo; and brothers, Richard and Robert
Pushruk Anchorage resident and lifelong Alaskan Thomas Annorak
Pushruk, 84, died peacefully in his sleep April 10, 2010, at the Alaska
Native Medical Center. A celebration of life will be Friday at St.
Michael's Catholic Church in Palmer, with visitation at 10 a.m., rosary
at 11:30 a.m. and a Mass of Christian burial at noon. Father Marilag
Nelson will officiate. Burial will be afterward at the Pioneer Cemetery
in Palmer, and a potluck will be after the burial. Pallbearers are
Wayne Pushruk, Tony Pushruk, Robert Pushruk, Sammy Mogg III, Curtis
Lundy and Frank Pushruk. Honorary pallbearer is Dean Pushruk. Mr.
Pushruk was born June 25, 1925, in Ukivok on King Island to Mary and
Anthony Pushruk I. In 1942, he joined the Alaska Territorial Guard
and later the U.S. Army. In Nome, he worked as a mechanic for Q-Trucking.
He was also an accomplished ivory carver. Mr. Pushruk is survived
by his brother, Wayne Pushruk; son, Vince Pikgonna and wife, Bess;
daughters, Elizabeth Butler and Bernadette Muktoyuk and husband, Harold;
sister-in-law, Helen Pushruk; and many relatives, nieces, nephews,
grandnieces and grandnephews. Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral
Homes, Kehl's Chapel.
Charles Schmidt, 82, died March 14, 2010, at Providence Alaska
Medical Center from a heart attack. A service will be at 1 p.m., with
visitation from noon to 1 p.m., today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel,
737 E St., Anchorage. Pastor Andy Heer will officiate. He will be
laid to rest at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on Ninth Avenue at
2:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Casi Knoedler, Howard Chivers, Sam Grosvold
and Jos Dugan. Frank was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Burwin, Ill. He moved
to Alaska in 1956 and lived in Kenai. He was also a resident of Anchorage
and Unalakleet. He worked as a jeweler for his father in Chicago,
served as a volunteer fireman, was a master carpenter and a retired
roofer from Rainproof Roofing. He enjoyed fishing, building, hunting,
fixing and doing repairs, and was an ulu knife maker. He is survived
by wife, Daisy Anna Schmidt of Kenai; brother, James Schmidt of Chicago;
sister, Catherine Schmidt of Chicago; daughter, Cathy Kotongan of
Unalakleet; daughter, June, and husband Bobby Haught of Tunnelton,
W.Va.; son, Sam Grosvold of Kenai; daughter-in-law, Carla Grosvold
of Kenai; grandsons, Ray Redington Jr., Vernon Redington, Ryan Redington,
Byron Kotongan, Clayton Kotongan, B.J. Haught, Wesley Haught, Charlie
Grosvold, Michael Grosvold, John John Grosvold, Joshua Grosvold; and
granddaughters, Cory Haught and Bambie Grosvold. He was preceded in
death by his mother, Catherine Schmidt, and daughter, Nicky.
Naomi Schrammeck, 49, died May 2, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born Aug. 2, 1952, at the Shaktoolik
River Fish Camp in northwest Alaska. She is survived by her son, Dennis
Katchatag; mother, Mary Katchatag; father, Clarence Katchatag, Sr.;
sisters, Helen Katchatag, Colleen Rock, and Charlotte Sookiayak; and
brothers, Monroe Eakon, Van Katchatag, Timothy Katchatag, Clarence
Katchatag, Jr., and Albert Katchatag.
M. Seetomona, 54, died April 2, 2001, in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr.
Seetomona was born August 14, 1946, in Shishmaref, Alaska. He is survived
by his wife, Viola Seetomona; mother, Glenna Seetomona; daughters,
Jennifer and Catherine Seetomona; son, Thomas Seetomona; step-daughter,
Rhonda Curtin; step-son, Raymond E. Valois; brothers, Elmer Avessuk
and Raymond, Steve, Coolidge and Charlie Seetomona; sisters, Lorena
and Marilyn Seetomona and Harriett Cutshall; nine grandchildren and
14 nieces and nephews.
Wooksuk Seetomona, 66, died Sept. 28, 2003, at Providence Hospital
in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Seetomona was born June 25, 1937, in Shishmaref,
Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Linda Chi Seetomona; daughter,
Thuha Nakasone; daughters and sons-in-law, Mimi and Edgar Tinajero,
and Joanne and Michael Yim; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Danelle
Seetomona, and David and Marcella Seetomona; mother, Glenna Seetomona;
sisters, Lorena Seetomona, Harriet Cutshall, and Marilyn Seetomona;
and brothers, Elmer Avessuk, Steve Seetomona, Coolidge Seetomona,
and Charlie Seetomona.
E. Sellers, 77, of Anchorage, Alaska died June 27, 1999 at Elmendorf
Hospital. Mrs. Sellers was born June 6, 1922 at Cape Darby, Alaska.
She is survived by her husband Charles Sellers; sons, Gerald Beltz,
Thomas L. Beltz Jr. and Robert Sellers; daughters, Pauline Hooten,
Ruth Chambliss and Kathy McCune; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
minister Howard Iyangasuk Slwooko Sr., 77, died June 20, 1997,
at Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral will be held at 6 p.m.
today at Evangelical Covenant Church, 1145 C St., with the Rev. Phillip
Axelson officiating. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Pallbearers will
include Walter Slwooko, Howard Slwooko Jr., David Slwooko, Merle Towarak,
Melvin Towarak and George Sookiayak Jr. Honorary pallbearers will
be Gene Amidon, Harold Ahmasuk Jr., Vernon Slwooko Sr., Tim Gologeran,
Chip Swanson and David Hendrickson. Additional services will be held
at Unalakleet Covenant Church. Burial will be in Nome at a later date.
The Rev. Slwooko was born Nov. 3, 1919, at Boxer Bay on St. Lawrence
Island. His formal education ended with the third grade. He was a
self-taught mechanic, carpenter, welder and heavy-equipment operator.
He was also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
The Rev. Slwooko lived in Elim, Nunivak Island, Mekoryuk, Hooper Bay,
Mountain Village, Shaktoolik and Unalakleet. He served in the U.S.
Army and Alaska Territorial Guard. He received an honorable discharge
from the National Guard in 1979. The Rev. Slwooko enjoyed subsistence
hunting and gathering. He also enjoyed carving, and reading his Bible.
His favorite verse was Psalm 16:8. Family members said: ''Dad provided
for his family all his life, both spiritual and subsistence. He loved
his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed
by family and everyone he touched. Peace to his memory.'' Survivors
include his wife, Ellen Slwooko, sons, Walter Slwooko and Howard Slwooko
Jr., all of Unalakleet; daughters, Marlene Towarak of Unalakleet and
Harriette Slwooko of Ketchikan; brother, Vernon Slwooko of Gambell;
sisters, Sarah Palcino of Tacoma, Wash., Agnes Turner and Helen Carius
of Anchorage and Mary Lane and Alayne Booshu of Gambell; grandchildren,
Myra and David Slwooko, George Sookiayak Jr., Ethan Sheyan, and Meryl,
Merle, Melvin, Marty and Matthew Towarak; and many other relatives
and friends. Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
resident Nancy Betty Teayoumeak Sherman, 61, died Oct. 14,
1996, in Anchorage. A visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today
at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown. An additional service will
be conducted Oct. 19 at the Nome Lutheran Church. Mrs. Sherman was
born March 1, 1935, in Brevig Mission to Tommy and Grace Teayoumeak
of Brevig Mission and Nome. She had worked at the Nome Nugget Inn,
the former Northern Commercial/ Alaska Commercial Co. store, the Polar
Cub Restaurant, for Marriott Corp. on the North Slope and at Glacier
Fisheries. Her family said, ''It was at Glacier Fisheries, her most
recent place of employment, where she met many friends and even had
developed a friendship with the cook who catered to her while she
was on board the processing ship. Last year she spent her 60th birthday
on board the fish processor. The cook made her a cake and she had
a birthday party. A portion of the speech was that she was the oldest
employee on board and she worked harder than some of the younger employees.
A model employee, she cherished the trip and wrote letters home sharing
her recognition. ''She was very active up to the time of her passing.''
Her hobbies included knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed subsistence
activities including camping, picking berries and greens, drying fish
in the summer and ice fishing in the winter, as well as commercial
fishing. She loved baking, making homemade bread and fry bread for
her family. She also enjoyed traveling and keeping in touch with family
and friends. Mrs. Sherman's pride and joy were her grandchildren,
whom she loved dearly. She was very conscientious about remembering
and recognizing birthdays. Mrs. Sherman is survived by her mother,
Grace Teayoumeak of Nome; her children, their spouses and her grandchildren,
Barbara and Danny Aukon, and children, Christy Anne, Darryl and Michael,
of Nome; Annie and Wayne Moses, and daughter Flossie of Teller; Peggy
and Rob Luce and children, Stephen, Robin, Jeremy, Jessica, Elizabeth
and Rebecca of Anchorage; J.T. Sherman and Myrtle Fagerstrom, and
children, Jerry, Clarabell, Christie, Ryan, Stephanie, J.T., Cody
and Casy of Nome; Hannah and Rick Kostiew of Nome; Nick Sherman and
his daughter, Jamie, of Anchorage; and Robert Sherman Jr. of Teller;
siblings and their spouses, Arnold and Tillie Teayoumeak of Point
Hope, Albert and Marie Teayoumeak of Stebbins, Sam Teayoumeak of Anchorage,
Thomas Teayoumeak Jr. of Brevig Mission, Edna and John Flynn of Tununak,
and Betty and Paul Bell of Nome.
M. Snyder, 75, died April 20, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Snyder was born to Anna and Roy Snyder
Sr. in Nome, Alaska, and was the oldest of five children. She loved
to bake and entertain family and friends. She was a past employee
of the U.S. Post Office and ACS. She is survived by her sister, Roberta
Reyes; brothers, Roy Snyder Jr. and Charles Snyder; as well as other
resident Clifford Althen Soxie, 70, died Sept. 25, 2005,
at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle of an aneurism. A visitation
was Sept. 30 at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. A service was Monday
at Unalakleet Covenant Church. The Rev. Joel Oyoumick officiated.
Pallbearers included Axel Oyoumick, Harold Soxie, Wassillee Soxie,
Allen Ivanoff, Mitchell Ivanoff Sr. and Luke Savetilik. Burial was
at Unalakleet Cemetery. Mr. Soxie was born Nov. 22, 1934, in Unalakleet
to Jacob and Ellen Soxie. He completed the seventh grade and enjoyed
sport fishing, camping, hunting, berry picking and watching his
nieces and nephews. He worked for the Alaska Commercial Co. and
the Bering Straits School District in Unalakleet and was a member
of the Unalakleet Covenant Church. His family wrote: "He was
always there when we needed him. He also was always there for his
nieces and nephew and baby-sat whenever needed." Mr. Soxie
is survived by his mother, Ellen Soxie of Unalakleet; sisters and
brothers-in-law, Ruth and Alfred Ivanoff Sr. of Naknek, Vivian and
Robert Foote and Mabel and Al Oyoumick of Unalakleet, Edna and Monroe
Eakon of Anchorage, and Arlene Soxie and companion, Wilfred Eakon,
of Unalakleet; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jobina and Harriet, and
nephews, Edward Eakon, Shawn Oyoumick, Ronald Ivanoff, and Harvey
Margaret Taylor, 90, died May 22, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Taylor was born May 18, 1912, in
Nome, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Marion Nickerson; son,
Kenneth Bahr; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Maria Bahr; son
and daughter-in-law, George and Nathalia Bahr; and her grandchildren,
Mariann Flowers, Marjorie Bahr, Shelly Peterson, Teresa Peterson,
Raymond Bahr, George Bahr, Bobby Nickerson, Max Nickerson, Chuck Nickerson,
Steven Nickerson, and Robert Bahr.
L. Tocktoo, 44, died May 25, at Tangle Lakes, Alaska. He was born
March 9, 1961, in Nome. He is survived by his wife, Sabrina A. Tocktoo;
daughters, Jacqulyn H. Tocktoo and Rikki L.O. Tocktoo; sons, Evon
R. Tocktoo, Paul J. Tocktoo, Thor J. Tocktoo, and Travis K. Tocktoo;
mother, Etta Tocktoo; sisters, Mary Ann Davis, Janet Dotomain, and
Paula McHale; and brother, Russell Tocktoo.
H. Traversie, 90, died July 31, 2003, at Immaculate Conception
Home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Traversie was born Sept. 20, 1912,
in Egavik, Alaska. She is survived by her sister, Anna Etageak; brother,
Daniel Savetilik; and many nieces and nephews.
resident William "Bill" Troffer, 64, died suddenly
on July 16, 2009, while working at Prudhoe Bay.He was laid to rest
on July 22 at Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage. Bill was born to
Vivian and Frank Troffer on Aug. 25, 1944, in Oak Harbor, Wash. After
graduating from Goldendale High School in 1963, Bill first joined
the Teamsters union and then the Laborers, and started his career
as a driller and a blaster. Bill came to Alaska in the mid 1970s,
first working in Skagway, then moving on to Prudhoe Bay and
finally to Nome in 1975. It was in Nome that he met Marge Warnke,
whom he married in 1984. After 10 years in Nome, Bill and Marge settled
in the Anchorage area and he continued his lifelong career working
on projects throughout Alaska, the last few years at Prudhoe Bay.
His family wrote: "Bill's favorite past-time was traveling in
his camper with his boat in tow, to camp and fish in the Seward area.
The last trip occurring over the 4th of July weekend. He also loved
the quiet hours spent at his workstation tying flies and he was very
proud and generous when sharing his creations with family and friends.
Bill also mastered the ability to marinate and grill his catch and
these wonderful dinners that we looked forward to will be missed by
all who were fortunate to partake. "Bill had a very strong work
ethic of which he was very proud and he expected the same of those
he supervised and trained on each project. His main concern was always
the safety of his crew and if one did not possess the same work ethic
as it applied to safety, it was the first issue to be dealt with.
Many found him to be gruff and tough, but his family and close friends
knew the other side and experienced the compassion and love, more
so when it came to the children whom he cherished dearly. Over the
past few years, Bill often spoke of retiring but no sooner would he
come home from the job, he was either called or talking about having
to go back; it was always 'one more year' or 'pretty soon.' "
Bill is survived by his wife, Marge; sister, Verna; daughter, Mindy
and husband Jay; sons, Tim and Kevin; stepdaughters, Birdie, Cootus,
Darla, and Tissy and her husband Rick. He also leaves his nieces,
Candy and Cathy; many grandchildren; and his little buddies Jax and
Pidge. He will be missed. Happy fishing. Arrangements entrusted to
Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home & Crematory.
Voyles a.k.a. Annie Sokienna Komonaseak Voyles, 61, died at the
Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Voyles was
born Dec. 3, 1939, in Nome, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters,
Deborah Anne Osborne, Anne Elizabeth Warren, and Darlene Anne Warren;
sons, Earl Len Voyles and James Marion Voyles Jr; several grandchildren
and one great-grandson.
Michael J. (1882-1963) also known as Mike Walsh
of Nome, Nome census area, Alaska. Born in Balinade, County Cork,
Ireland, April 8, 1882. Married 1909 to W. Louise Forsythe. Democrat.
Naturalized U.S. citizen; gold miner; mail carrier; Nome city clerk,
1931-44; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from
Alaska Territory, 1940, 1944; regent, University of Alaska, 1943-59;
member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 2nd District,
1945-46; delegate to Alaska state constitutional convention 9th District,
1955-56; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 1960.
Died in Nome, Nome census area, Alaska, April 1, 1963. Interment at
Belmont Point Cemetery, Nome, Alaska