Obituaries

Wendell Stout

Sept. 27, 1915-Feb. 15, 2016

After 100 well lived years, Wendell Stout died Feb. 15, 2016, at Friendship Terrace Assisted Living in Homer. He died peacefully and remained vibrant and active to the end. 

Wendell was born in Portland, Ore., Sept. 27, 1915, to Ray and Mable Stout. He was raised to respect and embrace the natural world. He lived that life to the fullest, from climbing the high Cascade peaks to scuba diving lakes, rivers and oceans.

Casey D. Wise

Casey D. Wise

Feb. 29, 1976-April 18, 2016

Casey D. Wise, 40, of Sycamore, Ill., died Monday, April 18, 2016, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Ill.

He was born Feb. 29, 1976 in Homer, Alaska, the son of William and Nancy (Williams) Wise. Casey married Erica Nelson on July 12, 2003 in Sycamore.

Mary Laurie Epperson

Mary Laurie Epperson

June 6, 1922-April 11, 2016

Mary Laurie Epperson, 93, died April 11, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital. “Our beloved mother, friend and teacher passed away,” her family said. “She left behind a legacy that will be forever remembered.”

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. June 25, 2016, at the Mariner Theatre and Homer High School Commons.

Jeffrey H. Wraley

Jeffrey H. Wraley

Dec. 29, 1959-April 2, 2016

Homer resident, Mr. Jeffrey H. Wraley, 56, died Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Homer.

No services are planned at this time. 

Mr. Wraley was born Dec. 29, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio. He moved to Homer in 1986.  

Rebecca Irene Brown

Rebecca Irene Brown

Aug. 30, 1971,-March 13, 2016

Lifelong Alaskan Mrs. Rebecca Irene Brown, 44, of Anchor Point died on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at her home.

Becky was born on Monday, Aug. 30, 1971, to Raymond and Grace (Pennington) Bellamy in Homer where she graduated from high school. She attended Kenai Peninsula College where she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. She received many awards at various rodeos with her horses.

Donna Mae Chapman

Donna Mae Chapman

Feb. 21, 1936-March 12, 2016

Donna Mae (Brown) Chapman, 80, died Saturday, March 12, 2016, at her Anchor Point home with friends and family by her side.

Donna was born Feb. 21, 1936, in Ira, Texas, to James and Iva Brown.

She graduated from Marysville High School then continued her education by attending Everett Community College. Donna lived in Washington State from 1942 until 1976 when she and her family moved to Alaska.

Charles M. Rockett

Charles M. Rockett

April 11, 1952-March 2, 2016

Anchor Point resident Mr. Charles Michael Rockett, 63, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at his home in Anchor Point.  

No services will be held per Charles’ wishes. Chuck’s ashes will be spread in Kachemak Bay later this summer with his family.

Arnold O. Beymer Sr.

Arnold O. Beymer Sr.

March 25, 1943-March 1, 2016

Arnold O. Beymer Sr., 72, of Kasilof died on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

He was born to Howard and Eula Beymer in Ketchikan on March 25, 1943.

Per Arnold’s wishes private, family services will be held at a later date.

Services were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Harold S. Gnad

Harold S. Gnad

Dec. 8, 1918-Feb. 23, 2016

Longtime Homer resident Mr. Harold S. Gnad, 97, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital.

Harold was born on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1918, in Lone Pine, Calif., to Sabastian Sudlow and Margaret Lillian (Banta) Gnad.

John William Hangstefer IV

John William Hangstefer IV

Aug. 16, 1950-Feb. 3, 2016

Long-time Alaskan resident John William Hangstefer IV, 65, died Feb. 3, 2016, at Riverside Assisted Living in Soldotna from complications from diabetes. There will be a memorial service for John by the Anchor Point VFW. Flyers will be posted around the area later with the date and time. Rest in Peace John. For more information, contact the Anchor Point VFW at 235-5582.

Roy L. Morris

Roy L. Morris

March 7, 1950-Feb. 17, 2016

Roy L. Morris, 65, died Feb. 17, 2016. A 60-year resident of Homer, Roy died as he lived: on the move, always working, rarely slowing down or taking a break. A potluck celebration of Roy’s life is from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at the Homer Elks Lodge.

Louise M. Ames Hutmacher

Louise M. Ames Hutmacher

July 24, 1927-Feb. 13, 2016

Former Homer resident Louise Marguerite Ames Hutmacher, 88, died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Seattle. She was surrounded in her last days by her loving family.

Dora Mae Wagner

Dora Mae Wagner

Oct. 13, 1913- Feb. 1, 2016

Dora Mae “Dode” Wagner, 102, of Maryville, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Parkdale Manor Care Center, Maryville.

Dode was born Oct. 18, 1913, in Gallatin, Mo., to George Mathew and Lucy Luella Knapp Lee. 

A 1931 graduate of Gallatin, Mo., High School, she also attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, Maryville. She and Robert Woodrow Wagner were married June 9, 1935, in Osceloa, Mo. 

Betty B. Martin

Betty B. Martin

March 4, 1929-Feb. 3, 2016

Mrs. Betty Bee Martin, 86, of Anchor Point died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital. A memorial is at 2 p.m. Feb. 27, 2016, at Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Homer.

Michael R. Johnson

Michael R. Johnson

June 10, 1948-Feb. 2, 2016

Longtime Ninilchik resident Michael R. Johnson, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at his home from natural causes.

Graveside services were held 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at the American Legion Cemetery in Ninilchik.

LaVelle “Vel” Dillon

LaVelle “Vel” Dillon

Oct. 19, 1936-Feb. 2, 2016

LaVelle “Vel” Dillon, 79, died Feb. 2, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital after a courageous battle against cancer. “Beloved wife, aunt, friend, Gammy and surrogate mother to many, she passed away peacefully with her husband by her side,” her family said.

Harley Hess

Harley Hess

1926-Jan. 27, 2016

Former Perl Island homesteader Harley Hess, 90, died Jan. 27, 2016, in Prineville, Ore.

Harley asked that no services were to be held and that his ashes be spread on Perl Island . 

Raquelle Elaine Reynolds

Raquelle Elaine Reynolds 

May 2, 1996-Jan. 25, 2016

Raquelle Elaine Reynolds, 19, of Soldotna died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

She was born Thursday, May 2, 1996, in Anchorage to Frederick Anthony Reynolds and Melody Ann Ruhl. 

Helena Marie Bartman Andree

Helena Marie
Bartman Andree

Dec 24. 1, 1920-Jan. 20, 2016

Greatly beloved and surrounded by her family, Helena Marie Bartman Andree, 95, died Jan. 20, 2016, at the Alaska Native Medical Center from complications following hip surgery. “She went home to the Lord,” her family said.

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