Joel “J.J.” Carroll
Edward E. Scovell
Wilema A. Tingley
Alma A. Drown
May 19, 1934-Dec. 30, 2016
Alma Aleda Drown, age 82, of Girdwood, Daniel’s Lake and Soldotna died peacefully on Dec. 30, 2016, in Florence, Ore.
Elizabeth Crowder McClaren
died Dec. 18, 2016
Elizabeth Crowder McClaren died in Anchor Point on Dec. 18, 2016, surrounded by her family. A burial was arranged at the Anchor Point Cemetery as Libby directed due to a promise she made to her dear friend Harriet.
Libby made her home in Alaska, living in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kodiak and Anchor Point, where she leaves many friends with happy memories.
Paul F. Schanzenbach
Oct. 4, 1949-Dec. 25, 2016
Paul Frederick Schanzenbach, 67, of Eagle River, Alaska, died Dec. 25, 2016, in Anchor Point, Alaska, of heart failure. “He peacefully passed away,” his family said.
A celebration of life for Sonny Smith is 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the Homer Elks Lodge. A potluck follows.
Sonny Smith died in December at the age of 85. An obituary was published in the Dec. 15, 2016, Homer News.
Jan. 20, 1937-Dec. 26, 2016
Vern Brown, 79, died on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at the Long Term Care Facility at South Peninsula Hospital. Vern was the second child born to Mary E. (Charlton) and Melvin L. Brown on Jan. 20, 1937, in Los Angeles, Calif. His adolescent years were spent in the community of Eagle Rock, Calif., where he attended Eagle Rock High School and graduated in 1955. Vern had many fond memories of that time in his life. He excelled in sports in high school, particularly football, and became a life-long sports fan.
June 28, 1973-Dec. 3, 2016
Matthew Soren Bell, 43, died Dec. 6, 2016.
Richard W. “Toby” Tyler
July 24, 1927-Dec. 22, 2016
Alaska artist and Homer icon Richard W. “Toby” Tyler, 89, died at South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care Facility in the early morning hours of Dec. 22, 2016.
He was born on July 24, 1927, in Bronxville, N.Y., to Henry Teller Tyler and Wilfred Marvin Wilson Tyler. Three years later, his family drove west to Sacramento, Calif., where he attended school and spent summers camping and hiking in the high Sierra Mountains. It was during the seventh grade that he gained the nickname “Toby.”
J. Harvey J. Kres
Sept. 3, 1927-Dec. 22, 2016
Former Homer resident Dr. J. Harvey J. Kres, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, of Cape Coral, Florida, died Dec. 22, 2016, at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla.
“He passed on to his eternal reward in Heaven,” his family said.
Tylor B. Campbell
Aug. 25, 2001-Dec. 4, 2016
Tylor Brandon Campbell, 15, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at home with the Moore family in Nikiski.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at the Kenai City Cemetery. A memorial service was at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at the Hope Community Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Pallbearers were Micha Campbell, Austin Freeman, Travis Moore, Edward Prevost, Eric Prevost and Shane Bostic.
Will Tomlinson Jr.
Feb. 18, 1927-Nov. 14, 2016
World War II veteran and Pioneer Alaskan Will Hodge Tomlinson Jr. died at Homer’s South Peninsula Hospital on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, of natural causes. Will died when he wanted, loved and touched as he left.
He was born on Feb. 18, 1927, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to Will Hodge Tomlinson and Virginia Evelyn Durham.
Debra A. Henderson
June 1, 1955-Dec. 4, 2016
Ninilchik resident Ms. Debra Anne Henderson, 61, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Carl Bock Hall inside the Ninilchik Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. A reception will follow.
Sonny Smith, 85, died peacefully at South Peninsula Hospital with his wife Nancy of 51 years at his side. He was born in Austin, Texas. He was a Korean War veteran. He graduated from Texas A&M University. He drove cattle trucks cross country and he loved to ride bulls. Sonny moved to Alaska 1972. He drove trucks in Alaska and worked on the pipeline, the water treatment plant and at the head of Kachemak Bay until he bought the Glacier Drive-In, where he and his wife owned/worked for 31 amazing years.
Paulie Marie Blankenship
May 18, 1950-Nov. 28, 2016
Paulie Marie Blankenship, 66, died early on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. She died at home from a swift and sudden heart attack, with her husband Harvey Blankenship by her side. “She went home to be with her Lord and Savior,” her family said.
Ruth S. Gnad
June 17, 1917-Nov. 14, 2016
Mrs. Ruth S. Gnad, aged 99 of Homer, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital.
Ruth was born on June 17, 1917, in Briggsdale, Colo.
Ruth graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in education. She moved to Anchorage in 1961 and then to Homer in 1964 to teach, retiring from the Kenai Peninsula School District in 1977.
Ellen L. Grouws
April 5, 1945-Nov. 3, 2016
Ellen Lorraine Grouws, 71, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, was born April 5, 1945, and died peacefully on Nov. 3, 2016.
Gary Michael Horrell
Feb. 28, 1949-Oct. 28, 2016
Gary Michael Horrell, 67, died Oct. 28, 2016, in Mill Creek, Wash. A long time Alaskan and former resident of Homer, he was born Feb. 28, 1949, in Anchorage. Gary relocated to Anacortes, Wash., where his grandparents lived and his mother grew up. He was a teacher, coach and education administrator before retiring in 1996, but spent several years coaching in Anacortes area schools, too. Coach Horrell was always inspired by various sports, and many young athletes benefitted from his energy and dedication to the field.