John Andrew Faber, a baby boy weighing 9 pounds, one ounce, was born at 6:43 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2008 to Christine and Jack Faber of Homer. Grandparents are George and Ruth River of Providence R. I. and Dolores Faber of Monument, Colo.
Madelyn Nicole Miotke, a baby girl weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces, was born at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2008 to Amanda and Dan Miotke of Homer. Grandparents are Al and Mary Miotke of Puyallup, Wash. And Garry and Sandy Anderson of Puyallup, Wash.
Mathew Alexander Johnson (Osmar), a baby boy weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces was born at 8:40 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2008 to Kristen Johnson of Homer and Dean Osmar of Kasilof. Grandparents are Lynn Johnson of Red Lodge, Mont. and Sandra Johnson of Woodbury, Minn. He joins his big brother Ben.
Mildred Hazel McLAY
January 18, 1926 – November 7, 2008
January 18, 1926 Mildred Hazel Johnson (Mid) was born to Charles and Emma Johnson in Gannett, Idaho. Mid grew up in Vale, Ore. where she met and married John Howard McLay (Jake) Aug. 27, 1941.
1944 saw the young McLays spending their first Alaska winter in Palmer. They moved to Homer the following year. In 1946, they built on their homestead located out East Road at the top of what is now known as McLay Road.
Mid and Jake attended revival meetings held by a visiting evangelist Mac McElveen in the Spring of 1959, where both of them accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, thus beginning their new walk in this life with Christ at the center.
We are reminded of her faithfulness and dependability in all of the events chronicling her life as a pioneer woman, wife, mother, Sunday school teacher, fisherwoman, huntress, post office worker, musician, ski club president and enthusiast, cannery worker, member of the Homer Homemakers club and Grace Baptist church, co-owner and operator of McLay’s Guide Service and commercial fishing endeavors.
Mid McLay died peacefully in her sleep on the morning of Nov. 7, 2008 in Arizona where she and Jake shared over the past 23 winters. Her body will be laid to rest at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer next to loved ones who have gone before. Mid was preceded in death by her son Bert McLay, and two grandchildren Curtis and Melissa McLay. All three were there to welcome her home on the other side.
Mid leaves behind her beloved husband Jake, of 67 years of marriage, son Woody and Raeann McLay, son Val and Jeanette McLay. Grandchildren: Jim McLay, Mimi McLay, Rodney and Jennifer McLay, John and Heidi McLay, Damon McLay, Marty and Kiana McLay, Valette McLay, Misti McLay and her parents Cris and Warren Beachy. Mid also has five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for the Kachemak Ski Club at P.O. Box 3705 Homer, AK continuing to encourage something mid loved and was involved with for many years. Web site: homerropetow.org
John Benedict Child
Longtime Homer resident John Benedict Child, 85, died Oct. 29, 2008, of natural causes at Providence Medical Center, Anchorage. His ashes were scattered by his daughters Barbara, Diana, Jeri and Lori at Bishop’s Beach in Homer on Nov. 2, 2008, with military honors performed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Anchor Point Post 10221. A celebration of his life was held afterward at the Homer Senior Center.
Child was born Aug. 28, 1923, in Huntington Park, Calif., to George Walker Child and Erma Marie Mazzeo. He was raised in Los Angeles, and worked as a welder with Bethlehem Shipyard from 1941-43 building destroyers. Child first came to Alaska after joining the U.S. Air Force in 1943. He served with the 621st Air Force Base Unit in Alaska until 1947, and was stationed at Ladd Field and Elmendorf Air Force Base. After seeing Homer from the air, he decided that’s where he wanted to move after World War II.
From 1947-53, Child managed theaters in Huntington Park and also built patios and walls in subdivisions. In 1953 he drove up the Alaska Highway with his second wife, Jean “Cookie” Marie Boylan, their daughter Barbara in a Willys Jeep that towed a Hansen house trailer. They arrived in Homer in June 1953 after a two-day trip from Anchorage.
Child and his family first lived on a 160-acre homestead off Ohlson Mountain Road. They later lived in a house off West Hill Road. He helped build the Sterling Highway and helped rebuild the Homer Spit after the 1964 earthquake. Child was a jack of all trades and a master of many. He worked on oil platforms for Standard Oil in Trading Bay in 1965. He fished salmon and crabbed on the F/V Sandpiper, the F/V Mary G and the F/V Claudia C. An accomplished still, film and video photographer, Child made videos through his company, John Child Productions. A compilation of his work is included as a CD in the Pioneers of Alaska’s “In Those Days, Volume II.”
“Our Dad had a Love for Life and a great sense of humor. His life on this Earth will caress our lives always. We love you, Dad,” his family said.
Child was preceded in death by his brothers Dayton Child and Danny Child; his first wife, Donna Child, and his fourth wife, Marie Doyle Child.
Child is survived by his eight children and their families, Karren Silletto of Oregon; Barbara Goings, Diana Lyman, both of Anchorage; Jeri Razavi, Palmer; Lori Mahaffey, Homer; Larkin Child-Morgan, Ayrjia Kate Child, and John Aram Child, all of California; his brother George Child and sister Rosemary DePiazzo, both of California; niece Shari Daugherty, Homer; and his former wives, Claudia K. Larson, of California, and Jean Marie Boylan, of Michigan.
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