Longtime Alaskan Ronald Richard Wendt, 51, died Nov. 10, 2007, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer.

A celebration of life gathering will be held for family and friends at 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at Wasilla Bible Church, 1651 W. Nicola Avenue in Wasilla.

Wendt was born April 24, 1956, in Fairbanks, in the Territory of Alaska. He was raised on his family’s homestead on Chena Hot Springs Road outside of Fairbanks and his father’s mining claims in the Circle gold fields. He developed an early interest in Alaska history by exploring ghost towns and mining camps and talking with old-timers from the gold rush era.

Wendt worked as a gold miner, newspaper reporter, photographer, college instructor, construction worker and custodian before starting his own publishing business, Goldstream Publications, in Wasilla. He wrote about gold rush history, modern day mining and prospecting, and many tales of Alaska. He was a member of the Alaska Miners Association, an avid baseball fan and loved to travel the roads of Alaska with his wife, Bonnie.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Bonnie Wendt; parents, Al and Jeanne Wendt of Wasilla; brothers, Monte Wendt of Fairbanks, and Pat Wendt of Anchorage; sisters Colleen Dettmer of Forest Lake, Minn., and Beverly Vadner of Wasilla; and many nieces and nephews.

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