Laurence Michael Chadwick, aka Larry, Chad, or Mike, a resident of Homer, passed away on Jan. 14, 2013 at the age of 74.
A celebration of his life will take place spring of 2013 with the time and place to be announced.He was born on December 21, 1938 in Kent, Washington. He migrated to Anchorage in 1964 after receiving an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army and found his way to Homer in the 1980s. He was a true Renaissance man and worked in many professions: as a Boeing aircraft riveter; a truck driver; a dragster mechanic; a Northwest Airlines agent; and a farmer with his own livestock, alfalfa field and his self-designed irrigation system. He was an entrepreneur and opened “Round the World Travel” in 1984 to help people with his love of travel. He also founded the DHL expediting franchise in Homer. After retiring from the agency, he occasionally commercially fished salmon and halibut, and enjoyed a “paperboy” route for Anchorage Daily News.
He is remembered by his friends for his sharp dry wit, as represented by his “Roast Me Toast Me” proclamation to his friend of over 50 years, Rick Oldham. His joie de vivre, fun-loving laughter and sense of humor contributed to his miraculous ability to “cheat death” and come back after his many surgeries, hospitalizations, cancer treatments and near death experiences such as being hit by a train. He was open minded, never judged people and loved kids. He lived life to the fullest, always ready for adventure, always there for the ones he loved. He lent a helping hand to so many people over the years. He did not dwell on drama. He was a cool dude with a mellow mood, from race cars to jazz bars. Traveling the world with his family and making new friends was only a small part of his life. He also enjoyed boating, fishing, stained glass art projects and most of all jazz music.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 26 years, Karen Strid-Chadwick, of Homer, and daughters Joni Angulo of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Rebecca (Mekebib) Gezahegn of Ferndale, MI, and Amber Chadwick of Canton, MI.
We know he is in a warm place playing backgammon with his dear friend and buddy Irwin Raven. Please contribute to a charity of your choice, if so desired. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Betty L. Snow, 91, died Dec. 27 at the Friendship Terrace in Homer. The family held a private memorial to scatter her ashes in Kachemak Bay. The extended family will gather in August.
Betty was born Feb. 11, 1921 in Lima, OH to Waldo and Elizabeth Berryman. Despite the Great Depression, Betty grew up in a loving home and had a carefree childhood. She enjoyed music, athletics, horses and the outdoors. In her youth she swam competitively and enjoyed swimming into her 80s. She attended Rochester School of Music in New York, and studied, taught and enjoyed music all her life.
When WWII broke out, Betty enlisted in the Navy. She was in the very first group of WAVES, and enlisted, “because her father had only one son to give to his country.” She was stationed in San Diego, where she met petty officer Henry Randall Snow. They married after the war, made their home in Lima, OH, and CA and had four children.
After her divorce Betty devoted her life to her children and her music. She had a flair for style and an eye for beauty. She was a self-taught artist working in watercolor and clay. She instilled an appreciation of the arts and creativity in her children. She was an avid reader and writer, filling journals with her poetry. She had a keen interest in politics, and sent letters to the editor on many issues. Betty loved to entertain, especially when three or four generations of her family could share a meal together.
Betty traveled between CA, AK and SC to spend time with her children and grandchildren, settling permanently in Homer in 1987, where she enjoyed the arts community and was inspired by the grandeur and beauty of Kachemak Bay.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents Waldo and Elizabeth Berryman, brother Waldo “Bud” Berryman, and sister Barbara Cooper. She is survived by sister Ruth Cunha of CA, four children, Jill Berryman/spouse Jon Berryman, Joy Steward/spouse Stuart Schmutzler, John Snow/partner Jane Russell, all of Homer, Jinx Strelkauskas of SC, seven grandchildren, Samantha Joyce, Jennifer Strelkauskas, Sabrena Berryman, Daniel Strelkauskas, Orion Berryman, Beau Berryman, and four great grandchildren, Aidan Trummel, Collin Trummel, Odin Berryman, and Ender Berryman.
Good-bye Mom, you will always be in our hearts and in the beauty we see around us.
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