Obituaries

Alma A. Drown

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

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

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.

Sonny Smith Memorial

Memorial

Sonny Smith

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.

Vern Brown

Vern Brown

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.

Richard W. “Toby” Tyler

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

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.

Obituary: Tylor B. Campbell

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.

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

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

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

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

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 Grouws

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.

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