Obituaries

Ruth Anna Booth

Ruth Anna Booth

Feb. 20, 1954-Dec. 17, 2015

Ruth Anna Booth of Anchorage, 61, died Dec. 17, 2015. Born on Feb. 20, 1954. she was the fourth child born to Joseph and Peggy Booth  Ruth. She and her six siblings grew up on the family homestead at the mouth of Stariski Creek in Anchor Point.

There will be a public celebration of Ruth’s life hosted by Jeanie Reilly at  1 p.m. Jan. 17, 2016, at Reilly’s in Anchorage.

Josef Recker

Josef Recker

Oct. 9, 1931-Dec. 17, 2015

Josef Recker, 84, died Dec. 17, 2015, in Homer.

There will be a community-welcome celebration of Josef's life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2015. at the Homer United Methodist Church. Please bring stories of Josef to share.

Cleon “Glenn” Cupit

Cleon “Glenn” Cupit

Sept. 30, 1938-Dec. 7, 2015

Fritz Creek resident Mr. Cleon “Glenn” Cupit, 77, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital. Memorial services will be held at the Germania Masonic Lodge #46 in New Orleans, La., at a later date.  

Margit Andersson

Margit Andersson

March 27, 1913-Sept. 1, 2015

Margit Andersson, age 102, a Homer vacationer and later Homerite for three and a half years, died peacefully on Sept. 1, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital. She was the daughter of Ole and Helene Hillestad, born in Aas, Norway, on March 27, 1913.   

Phyllis Kohlbeck

Phyllis Kohlbeck 

Nov. 28, 1938-Nov. 23, 2015

Longtime Homer resident Phyllis Jean Kohlbeck, 76, died Nov. 23, 2015, in Anchorage at Providence Alaska Medical Center.  She was bedridden for a number of years following a medical procedure.  Since that time, she had been lovingly taken care of by many caregivers in Homer.  

Beverly J. Griffeth

Beverly J. Griffeth

May 8, 1935-Nov. 13, 2015

Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Beverly Jean Griffeth, 80, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. 

Private graveside services will be held at Hickerson Cemetery. A celebration of life will held at a later date. Pallbearers will include Wes Schacht, Tom Butcher, Kenneth Schacht, Fritz Schacht, Jeff Roehl, Ryan Johannes and Justin Johannes. Please contact Wes for more information at 907-299-7470; no text messages, please. 

Peter E. Biegel

Peter E. Biegel

Oct. 4, 1934-Nov. 7, 2015 

Peter Eugene Biegel, 81, died from cancer at his Soldotna home with his family by his side on Nov. 7, 2015. 

He was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Wisconsin to Nell (Mohr) and Raymond Biegel. With eight of his brothers and sisters, they moved to Arizona when he was 9. There he attended high school at St. Mary’s in Phoenix. 

Roy V. Baskin

Roy V. Baskin

March 1, 1949-Nov. 6, 2015

Roy V. Baskin died Nov. 6, 2015, in Odessa, Texas, after a brief illness. He died of pulmonary complications.

He was born March 1, 1949, in Odessa, Texas. He attended Permian High School and graduated in 1967. 

Roy’s mom, Mattie V. Baskin, always insisted that he be addressed as Roy V. because his father’s name also was Roy. 

Thomas P. Greenwell

Thomas P. Greenwell

May 22, 1940-Nov. 12, 2015

Homer resident Thomas Phillip Greenwell, 75, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Tom was born May 22, 1940, outside of Bardstown, Ky. Tom was raised and graduated high school in Fern Creek, Ky., and served in the U.S. Army as a medical technician during the Vietnam War. 

Paul J. Oskolkoff

Paul J. Oskolkoff

Aug. 6, 1942-Nov. 9, 2015

Homer resident Mr. Paul James Oskolkoff, 73, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. 

Dennis P. Douglas

Dennis P. Douglas

April 12, 1946-Nov. 6, 2015

Longtime Happy Valley resident Mr. Dennis Patrick Douglas, 69, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at his home in Happy Valley. 

Memorial services are 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. at The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Anchor Point. 

Sara B. Peterson

Sara B. Peterson

June 8, 1929-Oct. 23, 2015

Former Homer resident Sara B. Peterson died Oct. 23, 2015, at Revere Court Memory Care Facility in Sacramento, Calif., of natural causes, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 86 years old. She was born June 8, 1929, in North Braddock, Pa., and raised in Snow Shoe, Pa., the only girl with six brothers. 

Christine Normandin

Christine Normandin

Oct. 2, 1951-Oct. 31, 2015

Christine Normandin, 64, died after a long illness.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Normandin; son, Jesse, and daughter, Traci, all of Happy Valley.

Nathan Schmidt

Nathan Schmidt

Dec. 31, 1976-Oct. 11, 2015

A Homer High School graduate died in a recreational skydiving accident in Hollister, Calif., Oct. 11, 2015. 

Tech Sgt. Nathan Schmidt, age 38, was a “legendary pararescue airman with the California Air National Guard,” wrote Jeff Schogol in the Air Force Times.

His parents are Calvin and Debra Schmidt of Homer.

Andrew Keith Nelson

Andrew Keith Nelson

April 20, 1939-Oct. 9, 2015

Andrew Keith “Andy” Nelson, 76, of Clovis, N.M., died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. “He went to be with the Lord,” his family said.

Cremation has taken place.

Vera Polly Meganack

Vera Polly Meganack

April 2, 1952-Oct. 22, 2015

Port Graham resident, Mrs. Vera Polly Meganack, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer.  

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. at The Saint Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church in Port Graham.  She will be laid to rest at the Port Graham Cemetery. 

Charles F. Burgess

Charles F. Burgess

Dec. 5, 1952-Oct. 21, 2015

Charles Frank Burgess, 62, aka Chuck, Charlie, Chas and Dr. B, died peacefully at home on Oct. 21, 2015, in Homer, Alaska as a result of a brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme). 

Mark F. Handrich

Mark F. Handrich

Aug. 3, 1949-Oct. 20, 2015

Mark F. Handrich, 66, of Green Lake, Wis., died unexpectedly on Oct. 20, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 3, 1949, at Berlin Memorial Hospital, Berlin, Wis., to Shirley (Radtke) and Wilfred Handrich. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church of Berlin and attended St. John Lutheran School through 8th grade, graduating from Berlin High School in 1967.

John J. Lind

John J. Lind

Sept. 11, 1945-Oct. 9, 2015

John J. Lind, 70, of Cambridge, Minn., died Oct. 9, 2015, in Cambridge. He was born Sept. 11, 1945.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Axel and Lola Lind; brother, David, and sister, Lorraine Balthazor. 

He moved his family to Homer for two years (1978-1980) to attend Alaska Bible Institute.

John Paul Sweeney Jr.

John Paul Sweeney Jr.

May 29, 1949-Sept. 23, 2015

Longtime Anchor Point resident John Paul Sweeney Jr., 66, died Sept. 23, 2015, in Gaston, Ore., with his wife Lyn at his side. Memorial services will be held in November in Oregon at a time and place to be announced.

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