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Thursday 05/21/2015
John E. Wallace
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Longtime Alaska resident John E. Wallace, 77, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 16, 2015, in Palmer.

John was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Krotz Springs, Louisiana.

In the summer of 1971, John and his late wife Clara packed up a Volkswagen van and left Louisiana, moving their family north and eventually settling in Talkeetna. He was a member of the Teamster’s Local 959, working as a pioneer in Alaskan communications for Comsat Communications (later AT&T) where he was employed for more than 30 years as a power mechanic. In 2002, he moved to Palmer where he had a large circle of close friends. John and Clara enjoyed traveling, embarking on many international adventures together over the years. John was a singer and a storyteller who was loved by his family and respected by friends from the Louisiana bayou to the Talkeetna River. His creative tales and heartfelt songs will live on through those who loved him.

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Don L. McGee
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Longtime Wasilla resident Don L. McGee, 90, passed over due to natural causes May 15, 2015, while staying at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

Don was born May 19, 1924, in Whittier, California, to Lyle and Lucy McGee. He graduated in 1942 from Whittier, California. Don served in World War II in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Following the war he graduated from the University of Utah as a geologist and was hired by Standard Oil of California. He worked in Trinidad and also Bolivia. Don retired as the Chief Petroleum Geologist for the state of Alaska.

He married Joan Olpin in 1955. They had two sons, Kevin McGee and Christopher McGee. Christopher and Sonja blessed them with four grandchildren, Seth, Cory, Hayley and Connor McGee.

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Carl Floyd McDearmon Jr.
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 6:51 pm

r., 57, of Wasilla died, April 19, 2015, in a tragic single car accident.

Carl is lovingly remembered by his sister, Sue McDearmon, and her husband, Edmund Smith, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Carl is also lovingly remembered for all the caring time he spent with his nieces and nephews, Alonha, Perry and Carey. Also surviving are his great nieces and nephews, Austin, Shelby, Colton and Addisen.

Carl was born in Plainview, Texas, in 1958. He graduated from Trona “Tornadoes” High School in California in 1976 and went on to study at Texas Tech University.

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Fred James Fischer
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 6:50 pm

Fred James Fischer, 55 died May 1, 2015.

Information developed by Legacy Funeral Home indicates that Fischer has family in the Sutton area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Legacy Funeral Homes Heritage Chapel at Angelus in Anchorage at 907-336-3338.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
John E. Wallace
Updated: May 20, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Longtime Alaska resident John E. Wallace, 77, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 16, 2015, in Palmer.

John was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Krotz Springs, Louisiana.

In the summer of 1971, he and his late wife Clara packed up a Volkswagen van and left Louisiana, moving his family north and eventually settling in Talkeetna. He was a member of the Teamster's Local 959, working as a pioneer in Alaskan communications for Comsat Communications (later AT&T) where he was employed for more than 30 years as a power mechanic. In 2002, he moved to Palmer where he had a large circle of close friends. John and Clara enjoyed traveling; embarking on many international adventures together over the years. John was a singer and a storyteller who was loved by his family and respected by friends from the Louisiana bayou to the Talkeetna River. His creative tales and heartfelt songs will live on through those who loved him.

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Tuesday 05/19/2015
Dora Mae Endes
Updated: May 19, 2015 - 9:35 am

Dora Mae Endes, 72 of Palmer joined her Lord and Savior May 14, 2015.

She was born March 9, 1943, in Barstow, California to the late Jim and Virginia Johnston.

Dora Mae and her family later moved to Bakersfield, California where she finished her education and met her best friend and soul mate, Selden Endes. The two were married and journeyed to Palmer, where they called home. Dora Mae was a devoted wife and stay at home mother. She took great pride in taking care of her family and home. She was always the first to lend a helping hand at her church, 4-H Club, and horse club or at any school activity.

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Monday 05/18/2015
Carl Floyd McDearmon Jr.
Updated: May 19, 2015 - 9:43 am

Carl Floyd McDearmon Jr., 57, of Wasilla died, April 19, 2015, in a tragic single car accident.

Carl is lovingly remembered by his sister, Sue McDearmon, and her husband, Edmund Smith, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Carl is also lovingly remembered for all the caring time he spent with his nieces and nephews, Alonha, Perry and Carey. Also surviving are his great nieces and nephews, Austin, Shelby, Colton and Addisen.

Carl was born in Plainview, Texas, in 1958. He graduated from Trona “Tornadoes” High School in California in 1976 and went on to study at Texas Tech University.

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George E. Long
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 8:43 pm

George E. Long, 76, passed way at home on May 12, 2015.

His funeral service is at 11 a.m., May 20 at Legacy Funeral Homes Wasilla Chapel, 1201 West Parks Hwy.

To read a full obituary online, visit legacyalaska.com.

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Saturday 05/16/2015
Lynne Elizabeth Bradburn
Posted: May 16, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Lynne Elizabeth Bradburn, 70, passed away April 23, 2015, in Palmer.

Lynne was born Dec. 31, 1944, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lynne loved Alaska and raising Saint Bernard dogs after her retirement from a nursing career. She was a Christian and enjoyed reading, especially the Bible. She was a great friend and will be missed dearly.

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Thursday 05/14/2015
Lyla Jean Rapley France Cornelius
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Lyla Jean Rapley France Cornelius, 87, born Feb. 12, 1928, in Climax, Saskatchewan, Canada, to George and Gunda Rapley, was called home by her Lord and Savior on May 11, 2015, in Palmer.

She moved with her younger siblings to Wisconsin in 1940 after her parents’ untimely death. Jinx attended nursing school and started working at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1950. She purchased a one-way ticket to Palmer in 1952 as an answer to an ad in the paper for nurses to come and work for one-year at the local hospital. She later said that if she had a ticket home she would have left, due to the inclement weather and sparse living conditions.

Jinx met and married Norman France on March 7, 1953, in Palmer. She and Norm had three beautiful children, John Wayne, Ernest Grant and Laura Louise. She worked as a nurse in multiple settings for 30 years before retiring in October 1992. In April of 1987, she received the Alaska Nurse of the Year for Excellence award. She was also a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

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Kenneth A. Brymer
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 8:52 pm

Kenneth A. Brymer, 51, passed away May 3, 2015, in Palmer.

Surviving are brothers, Glen (Cindy) Brymer, Pat Brymer of Palmer; grandmother, Margaret Lucas of Palmer; uncles, Lorry and (Sharon) Lucas and Dan Lucas; aunt, Elaine and (Gene) Battles of Idaho; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents John and Moyene Brymer; and grandfather, Leo Lucas.

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Monday 05/11/2015
Jerry L. Burns
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Longtime Alaska resident Jerry L. Burns, 68, passed away at home March 6, 2015, following a five-year battle with cancer.

A memorial service is at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at noon, May 15. Please arrive at the Arctic Valley gate at 11:30 a.m. to be escorted onto base.

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Sandra Welsh Chappel
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Sandra Welsh Chappel passed away May 5, 2015, at her home in Wasilla, surrounded by her family.

Sandy was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1952 and grew up in southern California, with each summer spent back on the East Coast. She was an avid tennis player and was well-known for being a fierce competitor on and off the tennis court.

Sandy married Dave on April 24, 1976, in Yakima, Wash., where they lived until moving their family of six to Wasilla in 1981.

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Mary Louise Borden
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 8:54 pm

An informal gathering in memory of Mary Louise Borden is at 2:30 p.m., May 16, in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 1575 E. Bogard Rd.

Mary Louise passed away on March 27, 2015. Refreshments will be provided. We encourage people to bring stories and pictures to share about Mary Lou.

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Elisabeth Hess Dunham
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 8:54 pm

Elisabeth Hess Dunham, 87, went to be with our Lord on May 3, 2015, at 7 p.m., at her home in Wasilla, just 11 days short of her 88th birthday.

She fought a valiant battle with lung cancer, of which she was diagnosed in August of last year.

Elisabeth was born May 14, 1927, to Peter Hess and Eleanora (nee Pfleger) in the little German town of Miesenbach (now known as Ramstein-Miesenbach). She was the fourth youngest of nine children born to the family; seven lived to be adults. She grew up during World War II in Germany, experiencing the struggle to live during a time when many German citizens were terrorized by the Nazis, starvation was rampant, and death could come at any time. Elisabeth survived the war and witnessed the Allied occupation of Germany, which was a welcomed improvement over the Nazi leadership. Elisabeth worked in a factory during and after the war, sewing garments.

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Saturday 05/09/2015
Evalyn H. Mattie ‘Mattie’
Posted: May 09, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Evalyn H. Mattie “Mattie”, 89, of Palmer passed away at St. Elias Hospital Jan. 15, 2015, of natural causes with her children by her side.

Evalyn was born Sept. 28, 1925, in East Orange, N.J., to Alfred and Jane Stockbridge. She was the youngest of five children.

Evalyn married John Mattie Jr. Aug. 2, 1947, and moved to Colonia, N.J., where she resided for many years.

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Friday 05/08/2015
Mary Louse Borden
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 5:07 pm

An informal gathering in memory of Mary Louse Borden is at 2:30 p.m., May 16 in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 1575 E. Bogard Rd.

Mary Louise passed away on March 27, 2015. Refreshments will be provided. We encourage people to bring stories and pictures to share about Mary Lou.

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Thursday 05/07/2015
Justin Phillip Davidson
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 9:44 pm

Justin Phillip Davidson, 38, died May 3, 2015, in a car accident on Bogard Road near Wasilla. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and uncle, and a dear friend to many. He will be deeply missed.

Justin was born Sept. 21, 1976, in Round Rock, Texas, to Harry and Judi Davidson. The family moved to Alaska in 1983, where Justin spent his childhood and adolescence, graduating from Palmer High School in 1995.

As a teenager, Justin travelled the world as a performing artist and missionary with Youth With A Mission. Summers during middle and high school brought him to Mexico, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Europe, and across the United States. His association with YWAM continued into his mid-20s, when he met his future wife, Hazel Rebecca Salazar, at a Bible school in Montana.

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Charles ‘Chuck’ Edward Embry
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 9:45 pm

Charles “Chuck” Edward Embry passed away Feb. 21, 2015, at the Claremore Veterans Hospital, Claremore, Oklahoma, surrounded by family and friends.

Chuck was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Steubenville, Ohio.

He entered the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served honorable for 22 years. He fought in the Korean War and completed two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He was stationed at the Fort Richardson in Anchorage, when he retired in 1972 with numerous decorations.

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Dickie Lee Mohn
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 9:46 pm

Dickie Lee Mohn, 64, passed away from natural causes in his own home in Wasilla, April 26, 2015.

Dick was born June 20, 1950, in Spokane, Washington, to Lloyd and Clem Mohn. Dick and his wife, Judy, moved from Great Falls, Montana, to Wasilla in March 1994 where he worked in construction and maintenance. 

Dick loved Alaska and the opportunities for hunting and fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Monday 05/04/2015
Delores Margaret Lehnhausen
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Delores Margaret Lehnhausen, 97, of Wasilla, passed away April 24, 2015, at her son’s family home. She died peacefully with family at her side.

A service is at 5 p.m., May 8, at the LDS Chapel, 560 W. Arctic Ave., Palmer. A viewing is at 4 p.m.

Delores was born Dec. 3, 1917, in Bismarck, N.D., to George and Selma TeKippe. She married Paul Gene Lehnhausen in Los Angeles, California in 1949. They raised their two children, Gary Lehnhausen and Paulette Suddarth, in Hacienda Heights, California.

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Andre L. LaFrance
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Andre L. LaFrance passed away April 18, 2015.

He was born Sept. 18, 1981.

A memorial service is at 2 p.m., May 7, at Kehl’s Palmer Mortuary. A viewing begins at 1 p.m., and a burial follows services at 3 p.m. at Palmer Pioneer Cemetery.

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Saturday 05/02/2015
David DeVries
Posted: May 02, 2015 - 8:12 pm

David DeVries, 70, passed away April 22, 2015, at Prestige Care in Anchorage.

David was born on June 16, 1944, in Glendive, Montana, to John and Jessie DeVries. He later moved to Alaska with his family to Palmer in 1945 and graduated from Palmer High School in 1962. He then continued his education through National Tech School in California, finishing in 1964.

David married his high school sweetheart, Cheryl Leek, on June 1, 1962. After finishing tech school, they briefly lived in Anchorage before buying property in Eagle River in 1967, where he stayed until his passing.

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Sonja Powers
Posted: May 02, 2015 - 8:13 pm

Sonja Cleone Powers, 77, passed peacefully into the tender embrace of our Lord on April 28, 2015. She was at her Wasilla home with family by her side.

At her request, a Funeral Mass is at 11 a.m., May 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla.

Sonja was born Jan. 18, 1938, in Portland, Oregon. She was the only child of William and Nelly Dahlgren and was of Swedish descent. Years later, after making Alaska her permanent home, Oregon would continue to hold a special place in her heart, as she would return each year for a summer visit.

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Gregory H. Stackhouse
Posted: May 02, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Gregory H. Stackhouse, 57, of Wasilla, died April 17, 2015, after battling lung cancer. A devoted son and brother, Gregory was the full-time guardian and caretaker of his mother for the past 12 years. We will struggle to live up to the example he set in his dedication to his family.

Gregory was born Dec. 28, 1958, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He attended Stonewall Jackson High School, in Manassas, Virginia, where he was a member of the football team.

A resident of Alaska for more than 35 years, Gregory became a black belt in Tae kwon do and completed numerous college courses and certifications.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Helen Louise Daniels
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Helen Louise Daniels, 85, passed away April 20, 2015, at her home in Oregon.

Helen was born July 24, 1929, in Bellingham, Wash., to Margaret and Ruben Ramsauer.

Helen was a longtime Alaska resident. She moved to Anchorage when she was in her 20s to work as a nurse at one of the local hospitals. This is where she met her future husband, Ken, while he was serving in the U.S. Army.

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Dorothy S. DeMond
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Dorothy S. DeMond, 74, formerly of Wasilla, passed away April 19, 2015, surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

Dorothy was born June 11,1940, to Raymond and Jean Suarez. She attended Cortland Central School and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1962 with a teaching degree. Dottie married Bruce DeMond in June of 1962 before moving to Horseheads to start her first teaching job. In 1969 Dottie and Bruce moved to Alaska to raise their family. Dottie continued to teach for the Matanuska-Susitna School District until she retired from teaching math at Wasilla Jr. High in 1995. After retiring, she worked at the educational/emergency resource center helping the community.

When Dottie wasn’t teaching in the classroom she could be found creating personalized bunnies and home decor items under the name Dottie’s Delights. In her most recent crafting adventure, she set up a quilt shop with her oldest daughter, Betsy.

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Theodore John Sayen
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Theodore John Sayen, 76, passed away at his home in Wasilla on April 22, 2015.

Theodore was a loving husband and father. He married his childhood sweetheart, Laura, in 1957 and they had nine children. He started working at the Whittier Small Boat Harbor in Whittier in 1990 and retired in 2000.

Known for his strong personality and morals, he will be greatly missed by those who loved him and knew him. The family is at peace that he is with his love, Laura, again.

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Saturday 04/25/2015
Garry Wayne Keller
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 7:57 pm

Garry Wayne Keller, 53, lost his battle with depression on April 22, 2015, at his home in Big Lake.

Memorial services are at 7 p.m., April 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 1375 Bogard Road, Wasilla. The Rev. Bert Hall will officiate.

Garry was born Sept. 7, 1961, in Snoqualmie, Wash. Garry continued his education earning associate degrees in fisheries science, criminal justice and radiology technology. Moving to Alaska in 1986, he lived in Juneau, Soldotna, Wasilla and North Pole, before finally moving to Big Lake in 2013.

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Ann Mary Schraeder
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 7:57 pm

Ann Mary Schraeder (formerly Kurbel), 96, passed away April 15, 2015, after suffering a stroke the previous day at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer.

She was born in August 1918. She enjoyed those who surrounded her in her last years, and her life was comfortable at her home on the farm in her own apartment, owned by her daughter, Suzanne Nevada, and Rick Williams of Wasilla.

She loved her many friends through the Wasilla Senior Center and Sacred Heart Church as well as other clubs. She loved her gardening and animals, and in years previous enjoyed crochet and stitchwork.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Wayne L. Stanley
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Wayne L. Stanley, 70, died April 17, 2015.

He was born July 26, 1935, to Owen G. and Ida Mae (née Spenser) Stanley in Sacramento, California.

He wed the love of his life, Ardis Hanawalt, in Reno, Nevada, on Aug. 2, 1954. Wayne worked as a civil engineer in San Francisco, California; Boise, Idaho, and Portland, Oregon.

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Vadace L. Hatfield
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Vadace L. Hatfield went to be with the Lord on April 19, 2015. Her daughters Nancy Willis and Sandra Clarke were at her side.

Vadace was born in Snow, Oklahoma, Sept. 8, 1926, to Edward Lafayette and Lela Mae Lakin. She met her future husband, George Merell Hatfield, and they were married the day after she graduated from Antlers High School in Antlers, Oklahoma on May 22, 1946. They lived in Washington, Arkansas and later moved west to Coburg, Oregon, along with her parents and several other families. They resided there until they moved to Alaska in June of 1970.

Vadace worked at Country Squire Motel and later at Gheen Irrigation Works in Eugene, Oregon, after her children were older. Once in Alaska, she worked at Westward Hotel and Barrett Inn where she later retired in 1989. The Hatfields moved to Wasilla and lived there until her death.

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Melvin ‘Pat’ Kirkpatrick
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Longtime Palmer resident Pat Kirkpatrick, 71, passed away peacefully April 19, 2015, at home, surrounded by family, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Services are at 1 p.m., April 25 at the LDS church in Palmer with a visitation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pat was born April 2, 1944, in Wendell, Idaho, to Ennis H. and Edna May Seehorn Kirkpatrick. He graduated from Wendell High School in 1962. From 1963 to 1969, he served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman, and in Vietnam attached to the 3rd Marine Recon Battalion, Charlie Company from 1966 to 1967.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Jerry L. Burns
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Longtime Alaskan Jerry L. Burns, 68, passed away at home on March 6, 2015, following a five-year battle with cancer.

Jerry was born Jan. 27, 1947, in Pomeroy, Ohio, and grew up in West Virginia near Mason and the “Big Bend” country and was proud to be called a “hillbilly.” He joined the U.S. Navy at 17 and served three tours “in country” in Vietnam between 1965 and 1978. While serving with the Navy Seabees, he was a deep-sea salvage diver, underwater welding specialist, and underwater demolition specialist (UDT). He earned three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star while in Vietnam, as well as numerous other awards and rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3/4.

He left the Navy in 1978 to live in Kodiak and work with the U.S. Coast Guard. He remained in Kodiak for 27 years, working as a maintenance contractor with the USCGS and as an independent fisherman with two boats, the F/V Echo and F/V Sounder. After leaving Kodiak, he lived in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Peter’s Creek, and Sutton. He was employed as a welder with Fort Knox Gold Mine and as a rigwelder on the North Slope, and built oil rigs for Pool Arctic and Nabors Alaska, before starting his own welding company, Burns & Burns Welding LLC.

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Mitch Carlson
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Mitch Carlson, beloved brother, uncle and friend, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly April 13, 2015.

He was born Aug. 20, 1955, in Virginia, Minn. His family moved to Juneau in 1969, and then he moved to Wasilla in 1983, where he lived all of his remaining days.

He loved Alaska, especially the Southeast. If you truly knew Mitch, you loved him, too!

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Wilhelmina (Willie) Pedersen
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Longtime Palmer resident Willie Pedersen, 94, passed away April 15, 2015.  

Willie was born Feb. 25, 1921, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to William A and Emma M. (Winter) Luebke. She attended Oshkosh High School and obtained her teaching degree from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Teachers College.  

After graduating college her first teaching position was in a one-room schoolhouse in Readfield, Wisconsin, where she taught grades first through eighth. Willie went to work at the Baraboo Ordinance Facility in 1946 making bombs for the war effort.

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Robert Edward Marshall
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Robert E. Marshall, “Bob,” 79, went to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ March 12, 2015.

He was born in St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 6, 1935, to Joseph and Ruth (Haight) Marshall.

Bob joined the U.S. Navy after high school graduation. Bob met the love of his life, Arliss Lee, in 1956, and they were married in 1958 in Conway, Wash. Bob graduated from Western Washington University and taught school in Mt. Vernon, Stanwood, and Arlington, Wash., before moving his family to Sitka in 1968.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Clint Quiggle
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Clint Quiggle, 68, peacefully passed away at his home in Wasilla on March 30, 2015.

A celebration of life is at 2 p.m., April 25, at the VFW Post 9365, 301 E Lakeview Ave., Wasilla.

Clint was born on Sept. 20, 1946, to Wayne and Medora (Eisenberry) Quiggle in Aberdeen, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War from 1966-68. Clint was an active member of the VFW and AMVETS Post in Wasilla. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family there. Clint’s passions in life were hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Jacob Ridgway VanSciver
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Jacob Ridgway VanSciver, 19, passed away April 9, 2015.

He was born May 18, 1995.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m., April 17, at Legacy Wasilla Heritage Chapel, 1015 S. Check St. Wasilla. A viewing starts at noon.

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Timothy Scott Ogles
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Timothy Scott Ogles, 56, passed away in his home in Houston, April 11, 2015, after battling cancer.

He resided in Houston for several years. He was known as “Tim” to his friends and “Scott” to his family.

Tim is survived by his mom and step-dad, Jane and Ken Shue of Anchorage; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Emily and Terry Woodhead of Anchorage, and Mary and Jeff Smith of Marysville, Washington; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James Ogles of Gainesville, Fla., and Clay and Helen Ogles of Newark, Ohio; nieces, Jennifer and Kimberly Smith; and nephews, Alex Woodhead, Elliot, Max, and Sidney Ogles.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Clayton William Watson
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Clayton William Watson, 45, passed away March 24, 2015, in Big Lake.

He was born July 1, 1969, in Idaho. He worked for Erickson Aircrane from 1996 to 2001. He happily married Shannon Delvecchio on Aug. 7, 1997. Clay and his family moved to Wasilla in 2001, and he worked for Fisher Fuel as a Heavy Equipment Diesel Technician until his death.

For three years Clay was a baseball coach for Wasilla Youth Baseball. Clay loved building things; log bridges, benches, bars and beds, all with his chainsaw.

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Paul Francis Conway Sr.
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:00 am

Paul Francis Conway Sr. passed away April 1, 2015, at home in Wasilla.

He was born on May 14, 1938, in McKeesport, Penn. Paul earned a master’s degree in psychology, and served honorably in the U.S. Army.

Paul married Diane Lau on April 17, 1988, and found many happy years together.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Samantha Ann Hall
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 7:38 pm

Beloved mother and friend Samantha Ann Hall, 53, passed away in her home in Palmer March 31, 2015.

Samantha was born in Amarillo, Texas, on March 17, 1962, to Alex and Lois Honeycutt. Samantha was one of four children, sister to Jodi Honeycutt, Shawna Honeycutt, and Alex Honeycutt Jr.

Samantha was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, crocheting, gardening and fishing on the Knik River with her family and friends. Samantha also enjoyed playing Candy Crush and talking with family and friends on Facebook. All who knew Samantha will not forget her dynamic personality and contagious laugh.

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Janice Fay Peterson
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 7:40 pm

Janice Fay Peterson, 67, passed away peacefully at her home on March 17, 2015, with her family.

Jan was born Jan. 10, 1948, in Brownfield, Texas. She grew up throughout Texas and New Mexico and graduated high school in Lovington, New Mexico. She was united in marriage to Michael L. Peterson in Portales, New Mexico, on July 1, 1967. After the birth of their first two children, they moved to Willow, in May of 1976. In addition to raising her four children she drove dump trucks for the family business, loved running sled dogs, gardening, and any outdoor adventure. She supported her kids in their dog mushing careers, sports and games, and was involved in the Willow community. She was fully engaged at home loving and supporting her husband and family in their life endeavors as well as when Mike was working away from home on the North Slope.

Over the last 30 years she has battled several types of cancer, as well as a stroke and congestive heart failure. She has defied the odds and fought the good fight harder and longer than anyone should ever have to. It seems only fitting that she chose St. Patrick’s Day as her day to move on. Her faith in God was stronger than her will, and her will was stronger than anything we have ever known. She loved God and she loved her family and friends. Her good friend, Jean Holt, recalls a recent conversation where Jan shared a personal experience of when she was 16 years old at a revival she saw the light of God within. We believe that light and faith has brought her incredible strength and peace throughout her life and life’s challenges. Her prayers were that all of her loved ones would find a place in their heart for the Lord.

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Donald Joseph Roberts
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 7:40 pm

Alexander Creek resident Donald Joseph Roberts, 75, passed away April 6, 2015, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to Alaska Cook Inlet Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at alaskacremation.com.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Richard Badgley
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Alaska resident Richard Badgley, 56, passed away April 8, 2015, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage after a courageous battle with cancer.

A viewing for family and friends is from 2 to 4 p.m., April 10, at the Valley Funeral Home, Wasilla Chapel.

Arrangements were cared for by the Valley Funeral Home. 

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Kay P. Briggs
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Kay P. Briggs, 77, died March 23, 2015, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer with her daughters at her side.

She was born Nov. 7, 1937, in Stamford, N.Y., to Harold and Alice (Westfall) Puffer.

Dale and Kay Briggs were married and moved to Palmer in 1959 to seek adventure, which brought them to the Matanuska Valley.

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Stephen David Buehner
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Stephen David Buehner, 68, of Wasilla, passed away April 2, 2015, at his home.

Stephen was born Sept. 4, 1946, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Leland P. and Darlene M. (Averill) Buehner. Stephen served our country for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired in Alaska in 1984. He continued his career with the Mat- Su Borough School District in 1985, retiring in 1999. Devoted to his faith, Stephen was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Aileen Buehner, of Wasilla; daughter, Christiana Buehner, of Wasilla; sons, Joseph (and Jodi) Buehner of Vancouver, Wash., Joshua (and Michelle) Buehner, of Palmer, James (and Jennifer) Buehner, of San Antonio, Texas, Justin Buehner, of Wasilla, and Andrew Buehner, of Wasilla; mother, Darlene Buehner, of Waterloo, Iowa; brother, James (and Catherine) Buehner of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sister, Michelle Buehner, of Oelwein, Iowa; and six grandchildren.

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Dorothy Ann (Sheeley) Bush
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 8:48 pm

Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Dorothy Ann (Sheeley) Bush, 93, died March 17, 2015, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

A celebration of her life is planned this summer.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory. Please sign her online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.

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Derek William Monk
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Derek William Monk, 38, passed away April 3, 2015.

Derek was born on Sept. 8, 1976, in Atlanta, Georgia. He served honorably for 10 years and retired from the U.S. Army as a CW2. He worked for the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Derek was a founding brother of Phi Kappa Theta at the University of Alaska Anchorage and was also a member of M+M Club.

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