Ordell James Christianson
Long time Homer resident Ordell Christianson, 65, passed away on Jan. 16, 2013 in a South Carolina hospital. Ordell was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on Dec. 31, 2012. He traveled to South Carolina soon after to visit his brother, Vernon, and sister-in-law, Connie Christianson and to receive medical treatment. His children Ryjil, Zefren and Selven Christianson were at his bedside when Ordell took his final breath. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Down East Saloon on March 10, 2013.
Ordell was born October 29, 1947, in Greenbush, Minnesota. He spent his first few years on the family farm in Minnesota where he learned to play hockey on the lakes. He came to Alaska, with his family in 1957 before statehood. In the great land he saw his first mountain and gazed upon the vastness of the ocean. He played hockey for many years for Anchorage youth teams, East High and Alaska Methodist University. He graduated from East High School in 1965 and was a member of the Alaska National Guard. Ordell had many epic adventures through Europe and South America as a young man before returning to Alaska. He moved to Homer in the 1970s with good friends and chose a homesite in Bear Cove, at the head of Kachemak Bay. He began his life on the sea as a “Puker Boat Captain” taking charters out of Homer. He met Joyce Parker and they had three beautiful children. Ordell fished for crab and halibut and worked as a “jack of all trades” doing plumbing, construction and working on engines. In all of these endeavors, he loved being outdoors and living in Alaska.
His friends and family will miss his humor, laughter, love of telling jokes and stories, dedication to sports, kindness and stubborn Norwegian blood. He lived his life to the fullest and he will be missed by many.
He is survived by his daughter, Ryjil Christianson, of Homer and sons, Zefren and Selven, of Eagle River and by sisters and brothers Phyllis Hunt and spouse Bruce of Gervais, Ore., Melford Christianson and spouse Judy, Vernon Christianson and spouse Connie, and LeMay Hupp and spouse Doug, Lynette Watson and spouse John, and Vernice Cothron, all of Anchorage. He had many nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
Ordell was preceded in death by his beloved partner, Marina Maly, and his parents, Melvin Christianson and Wilma Christianson Vik. His ashes will be spread at Bear Cove. Friends and family will celebrate Ordell’s life at the Down East Saloon on March 10. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Anchorage date and location to be announced.
Raymond (Ray) Deitz left our physical presence in the great state of Alaska at his home in Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula at 85 years old. Ray was born in Seldovia and was raised on the family homestead in Homer. Ray’s father, Jack Deitz Sr. started the family homestead on the bench lands of Kachemak Bay in1922, after marrying Gladys Cooper of Ninilchik. Gladys Cooper’s father was Joseph Cooper, who started gold mining in what we now call Cooper Landing. The Cooper’s were known as one of the first family’s of Ninilchik.
While growing up on the family homestead out East End Road in Homer, Ray lived a simple life learning to live off the land with his brothers and sisters, Jack Jr., Allen, Dempsy, Bud, Delsy and Natalie. Later in life Ray started his own family with children Raymond Jr., Gina, Kay, Darby and Tracy. Ray spent his working year’s commercial fishing in Cook Inlet. He later joined Local Union 302 and traveled the state as a heavy equipment operator building the highways and roads that we use and count on every day.
Ray enjoyed moose hunting, clam digging and fishing; but his passion was heavy equipment repairing and operating and always helping his family, friends and neighbors. After retiring from Local Union 302, he was involved with Ninilchik Native Association. He will be buried at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer, where his father, mother and other family members are buried.
Ray Deitz, a good honest man laid to rest and forever loved in so many hearts. Rest in peace, my father.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit his obituary and online guestbook online at alaskanfuneral.com.
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