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Albert Hugh Ivey


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Albert Hugh Ivey  
Homer resident and former Fairbanks resident Albert Hugh Ivey, 67, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away on Apr. 10 at home after a long struggle with lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain..

Memorial services were held April 14 at Faith Lutheran Church, 3634 Soundview Ave. in Homer. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Fairbanks Funeral Home in Fairbanks.

Mr. Ivey was born Dec. 21, 1934 to Albert and Bessie Ivey in McGrath. His childhood was spent hunting, trapping, fishing and running dogs. He also paid very serious attention to his schoolwork and graduated valedictorian from Sheldon Jackson High School, Sitka. He then moved to Fairbanks to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks, receiving his bachelor of arts degree in education and again graduating at the top of his class while also training to be a carpenter. He eventually became a winter-time teacher and summer-time union carpenter.

Mr. Ivey began teaching high school at Fort Greeley and then fifth grade at Hunter Elementary School. He transferred to Barnette Elementary School, where he continued teaching fifth grade and where he met his wife, Karen Warehouse, of Manson, Wash. They were married June 5, 1970 in Manson.

Mr. Ivey continued teaching at Barnette Elementary. The couple was blessed with their first daughter, Dena in 1971 and their second, LaRene in 1976. In 1982, he retired after a long and rewarding career as a teacher, whose many contributions to his students continue to inspire them even today. Known affectionately as "Mr. Ivey," he incorporated many and varied lessons into his math-oriented curriculum, to include class elections, kite making, and willow-whistle making.

Mr. Ivey then served as Assistant Business Agent for Carpenter's Union 1243, spent a year working on the North Slope and thereafter worked as a carpenter for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Physical Plant.

His family says, "Albert loved being with his family and making others happy, always telling jokes and teasing. He was an avid pilot as well as a jack-of-all-trades, fixing anything from vehicles to plumbing to electronics and greatly enjoyed solving problems. He was generous to a fault and could always be counted on to lend a hand to a co-worker or friend. He loved to bake. His cinnamon rolls and upside-down cakes were highly sought after and extremely short-lived. His passing leaves a terrible void in his family and group of friends. The world was a better place with Albert in it, and our lives will never be the same now that he's gone".

He is survived by his wife, Karen Ivey; daughters Dena Ivey and LaRene Villa; grandson, Pedro Villa; brothers Russell, Stanley and Herbie; sister, Mary; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives, as well as many friends.

Memorial donations may be given in Mr. Ivey's name to, Faith Lutheran Church 3634 Soundview Ave., Homer.

Arrangements were by the Homer Funeral Home.