Obituaries – August 21

Lifelong Alaska Native and Port Graham resident Olga M. Fomin, 58, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Port Graham. Funeral services were held on Aug. 8, at St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church in Port Graham. Pallbearers were Micky Anahonak, Peter Anahonak, Jr., Denis Anahonak, Quentin McMullen, Dale Malchoff and Walter Meganack, Jr.

Thomas Temple
Olga was born Aug. 31, 1954 in Seldovia. She graduated from high school and also received her Associate’s Degree. Olga worked for the Port Graham Village Council and Port Graham School, and was a member of the church. Olga is survived by daughter, Jennifer Gloria Ann Fomin of Port Graham; brother, Raymond Fomin; son, Daryl Kreun of Port Graham, and uncle Simeon Kvasnikoff of Port Graham.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Thomas Temple passed away at Alaska Regional Hospital on June 6, 2013 from complications related to his heart transplant. With fishing season over, a memorial will be held Aug 24, 2–4 p.m. at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact his daughter, Reba Temple, at

Long-time Alaska Captain Steve Button, 57, went to fish with Jesus on July 21, 2013 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital.
Steve was born July 2, 1956 in Green Bay, Wisc. to James and Regina Button. He grew up in Iowa with two older brothers, where he learned to hunt, fish and trap.

Captain Steve Button (RIGHT)

Captain Steve Button (RIGHT)

In August 1980, Steve married Donna Steinkamp and together headed to Alaska where Steve started the Elite Drywall company.  The late 80s saw a decline in construction, so Steve moved his family to Hawaii. Upon returning to Alaska, Steve welcomed two more children and started another business, Crystal Sea Charters. Steve had turned his love of fishing into a career. Steve loved Jesus, fishing, hunting, Green Bay Packers and spending time with his family.
Steve is survived by his children: Dawn and Zach Paulson, Lowell Button, Stephanie Button, Benjamin Button of Palmer; Grandchildren: Carter, Kaylee, Cooper, and Kenna Paulson of Palmer; brother: James Button of Iowa; several nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family asks that donations be made in Steve’s name to the Palmer High School Football or Wrestling programs in lieu of flowers at 1170 W. Arctic Ave. Palmer, AK 99645. If you have questions, please call Kim Akers at (907) 746-8408.
A casual memorial barbecue will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Karen Hornaday Park pavilion. The family encourages all of Steve’s Homer colleagues and friends to join them.

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