Obituaries

Kendall Gordon Branch

Kendall Gordon Branch

1932-Dec. 10, 2015

Homer resident Kendall Gordon Branch departed this life for his next big adventure on Dec. 10, 2015. Kendall was born in Cordova in 1932 to Gordon Thomas and Eva Davis Branch of Chitina. Kendall’s grandparents were Harry Kendall (H.K.) and Mamie Davis, also of Alaska.

Jerry Duane Cupp

Jerry Duane Cupp

Nov. 8, 1947-April 30, 2016

Jerry Duane Cupp passed away April 30, 2016 at home in Homer after a 13-year battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 68.

Jerry was born to Clayton “Bud” Cupp and Wilma Day Cupp in McCloud, Calif., on Nov. 8, 1947. Jerry was the youngest of three sons.

Leanne McCartt

Leanne McCartt

July 15, 1936-May 2, 2016

Former Homer resident Leanne McCartt passed away at home in Texas on May 2, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Walter and Ruthana Moss (deceased). She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, and her brother John. 

She was born in Logansport, Ind.

Charles Little

Charles Little

May 8, 1958-April 18, 2016

Homer resident Charles E. “Charlie” Little, III, 57, died Monday, April 18, 2016, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

A private service will be held.

Charlie was born to a military family on May 8, 1958, in Germany to Charles and Betty Little.

Charlie was a resident in Homer at Main Tree Independent Living Facility.

Michael Karl Orth

“After a 16-year battle with cancer that amazed his doctors in Washington as well as in Alaska for his robust constitution, he quietly slipped his mooring on the morning,” his family said. “Sometimes somebody comes along who is bigger than life.  In his own words a few weeks before his death he said ‘I’ve had one hell of a run.’ He is survived by his loving wife Trish and numerous siblings and nieces and nephews, as well as abundant friends and acquaintances. His life enriched the lives of all who knew him.”

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.

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