Longtime Homer area resident Virginia L. Cundiff, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.
A celebration of her life will be planned at a later date. Her cremated remains will be placed near Mt. Augustine, so she can be seen from her dining room window on a clear day.
Virginia was born March 1, 1925. She was raised in Mooresville, Mo., near Chillicothe. Her father was a brick mason and contractor. Virginia met the love of her life, Evan Cundiff, in California in the early 1950s, when they were both working for Douglas Aircraft. They had three sons, all born in California.
“Virginia really wasn’t the adventurous type, but she was proudly willing to go along with Evan’s idea of homesteading at the tip of the lower Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. In May 1958, Evan drove an Army truck up the graveled Alcan Highway and claimed the last homesteads closest to Homer off the Sterling Highway. Virginia flew up a week before Christmas, after Evan had built a rough-cut lumber home for the family. She liked to tell the story of how helpful the stewardesses were to her and her three babies.”
“Life was pretty hard on the homestead, so naturally there were a lot of stories to tell as she held down the fort a lot with the three boys while Evan was often absent while off working weeks at a time. Throughout the years, they could never decide who was really the boss.”
“Virginia was a sweetheart and loved by all. She enjoyed sewing, and crafted her own clothes and tailored for years. She worked several odd jobs in Homer, most recently for HEA. Virginia was noted for saying, ‘You get more with honey than you do with vinegar.’ She was playful and loving to Evan, their Yorkie Rat Terrier mix ‘T-Dawg,’ and her caregivers clear to the end,” her family said.
Virginia was preceded in death by a son, Doug, who died at sea in 1989, and a brother, Richard. She is survived by her husband, Evan; sons, Jeff and Barry; grandchildren, Sheena, Shanda, Kayla, Alexis, Bryce and Chase; great-grandchild, Mateo Evan; brother, Rodney; and a sister, Linda Kay.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
Richard Lewis Sprague
Richard Lewis Sprague, 96, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He had suffered from, and many times rallied through heart problems. He succumbed to congestive heart failure.
Richard was born in Oregon, Wisc. on June 12, 1916, to Lewis and Elsa Sprague. During his high school years, they moved to the family farm in McFarland, Wisc., where he helped his parents work the farm until his enlistment in 1941.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Wilma and brother Harry.
Staff Sergeant Sprague married Evelyn Mackesey of Madison, Wisc., in a Catholic ceremony at Luke Field, Ariz., on May 26, 1943. Richard had enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1941, and served as a flight mechanic during military assignments, including time during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. His final four-year assignment was at Elmendorf AFB, where he was retired at age 55 in 1971 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
Richard and his wife, Evelyn, then scouted out retirement areas and decided to return to Homer, and make their home here. The ample opportunities for hunting, fishing and all the outdoor pursuits he loved were a big draw.
During Richard’s active duty years, his family traveled with him assignments; Japan for two tours, Germany, and various stateside bases. The couple had five children.
In his Homer retirement, Richard became captain of a charter fishing business, first working for other organizations, then with his own Grizzly Charters operation until his second retirement in 1990. During those years, he continued making enduring friendships with sport fishermen who made recurring trips from Alaska and from other states, to fish with him in Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet.
He was also active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Elks Club throughout the years.
Richard is survived by his wife, Evelyn, four children: Carolyn Sprague, Patricia Wick (Robert), Robert Sprague (Katharine), Joanne Sprague; two grandchildren, Barbara Hall and Johnny Sprague, and one great-grandson, Keegan Hall. Daughter Margaret Sprague Pulliam (Roy) preceded him in death.
A memorial mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Homer at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Jeanne Ashment See passed away Feb. 26, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. She was born on Jan. 20, 1953, in Soap Lake, Wash. to Joy and Norman See. She was raised in Bridgeport, Wash. and graduated from high school there with honors in 1971. She was active in Rainbow Girls and served as Worthy Advisor of Bridgeport Assembly No. 111. Jeanne was awarded the Grand Cross of Colors. She attended Washington State University graduating Cum Laude in 1975. While in Pullman, she was Director of the Rape Crisis Center and was appointed to the National YWCA Board where she served for four years. On Oct. 1, 1977, she married her college sweetheart, Tabor Ashment, at the Home of her maternal Grandparents, Erma and Wilfred Shaw in Bridgeport. Jeanne and Tabor made their home in Homer, where they own The Sport Shed and the charter the Lucky Lady. She worked by his side for 35 years, on a boat, picking fish, and balancing the books.
A memorial service will be 5:30 p.m. Wed. April 17 at Grace Bible Church (Kachemak Community Center) Corner of East End Road and Bearcreek Drive.
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