Obituary – June 12

Ernest H. Wentworth

Ernest H. Wentworth

Ninilchik resident, Ernest H. Wentworth, 84, died Tuesday, May 19, 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.
No services will be held at Ernie’s request.
Ernie was born Aug. 20, 1928. He entered into the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Tarawa. After serving in the Navy, he returned to his home in Massachusetts for a brief time and then moved to Oregon.
Ernie was a city police officer and deputy sheriff in Douglas County, Ore. He then became an electrician for the General Telephone Co. Ernie married Lee
Carstensen in 1964 in Drain, Ore. They spent 47 wonderful years together.
In 1996, the couple moved to Ninilchik, Alaska where they lived ever since. Ernie was a member of the American Legion and the Ninilchik Senior Center. He attended the Ninilchik United Methodist Church. Hunting and fishing were his two favorite hobbies.
The family wrote, “We will miss his molasses cookies, his warm smile and big hugs. We will all miss him greatly; he was a great giver of himself and his heart.”
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Lee Wentworth of Ninilchik; son, Bruce A. Wentworth of Roseburg, Ore.; daughters, Molly C. Wentworth of Ninilchik, Carla Wentworth of South Dakota and Bonnie Kline of Palm Dale, Calif.; nephew, Bruce R. Yeager of Seattle.

Kenneth L. Halpin

Kenneth L. Halpin

Kenneth Llewellyn Halpin, known to most as Ken, or Kenny, age 74, crossed the valley to the other side on June 2, 2013. He is with Jesus. He is home.
Kenny was born March 27, 1939 in Massachusetts to Charles and Pamelia Halpin. He and his brother Charlie were raised and attended school in Mass. Kenny entered the Airforce at a young age, where he served as an atomic weapon’s specialist.
In 1964, Kenny and his wife Marge, traveled from Massachusetts on an epic Abrahamic journey to Alaska with their eight children to begin a new life. Their first year was spent in Eagle River, followed by the remaining years on the homestead between Homer and Anchor Point, aka “the river bottom.”
Kenny worked as a carpenter for his first years in the state. He soon fell in love with commercial fishing and captained his own boats, the Lowan, the Shiloh and the Scepter, for many years. He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed many experiences of hunting and fishing with family and friends. He could also be seen in the summer, sitting by the riverbank reading his bible for hours.
Kenny recognized his need for God and dedicated his life to studying God’s word. For more than 40 years, Kenny invested his time teaching, mentoring and serving at the Alaska Bible Institute. His heart was for the students.
Along with being an instructor, he was also chairman of the disciplinary committee, as well as ABI’s dedicated maintenance person for a number of years. He was a generous man, giving many hours to the physical operation of the buildings and properties.
In 1983, Kenny married Gail, whom he spent the remainder of his years with on the homestead. During some of those years Kenny and Gail opened their home to Gail’s children and grandchildren, impacting their lives spiritually.
Kenny is survived by his children, whom he treasured: Terry his favorite, Debby his favorite, Marie his favorite, Robert his favorite, Kenneth his favorite, Valerie his favorite, Vicki his favorite and Mark his favorite, along with their spouses and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Gail, her children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his close childhood friend, Laddie Dexter, of Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother and the mother of his eight children.
Over the years, many have stood beside Kenny and his family. He was always grateful for the kindness and friendship of so many in the Homer area. The family wishes to thank all of you in the community for your love, care and support during this time.
A family only graveside service was held on Wednesday afternoon. A memorial service honoring Kenny’s life was held at Christian Community Church on June 6.
In lieu of flowers, his wishes were that donations be made to the Alaska Bible Institute at: 1295 Mission Road, Homer, AK 99603. Or, donations may be made online at: www.alaskabible.org/alaskabible Ken Halpin, fisher of men.

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  1. Lorraine Temple says:

    I never really knew Ken but there was an incident that left me with a bigger understanding of what grace & compassion really means. In 1991 in Prince William Sound I was running a bow picker for Nat’l Marine Fisheries and curious about how the seiners set their nets, wanted to watch the action so headed over to the fishing grounds. I soon realized I was too close and tried to get out of the way but I was too late; I got his seine net caught and wound up tight in my outdrive. I was mortified. After jumping in the water, cutting the net out of my prop leaving a gaping hole in it which would require down time and large expense to repair, he and the crew pulled it in; total catch, 7 salmon. I was literally shaking with fear as I understood the intensity of the set moment. After an exchange of information, he started to pull away but moments later, turned his boat around and had his crew throw those 7 fish onto my boat and yelled over, “don’t worry about it” and smiled. I was dumbfounded with the complete compassion this man had for me after I had made such a horrible, ruinous mistake. I have remembered that moment and the Divine grace he showed to me and try to pass it on whenever possible. Thank you Ken Halpin for this gift and may you rest in peace with Spirit. Bless you.

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