Ninilchik Alaskan Pioneer, Doug Blossom, 74, passed away from an aneurism on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 in Anchorage with his family by his side.
A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Carol Bock Hall inside the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Pastor Ray Leonard will officiate. Everyone is invited. Pallbearers will include his grandsons, Brian, Brad, Boomer, David, Grant, Cody Blossom and Billy and Jared Duncan.
Doug Blossom was born Aug. 10, 1939 in Spooner, Minn., the eldest child of Floyd and Marion Blossom. With sisters Janet and Martha, Doug and his parents moved to Clam Gulch in 1948. The following year, they homesteaded ten limes north of Ninilchik.
In 1951, Doug started set netting with his parents and continued that occupation — without missing a season — for 62 years.
Blossom attended school at Ninilchik and then stayed with uncles in Chicago for his final two years of high school and graduation. He met Mitzi Gober there and married her in 1960. The newlyweds soon bought the McLaughlin homestead near Mile 124, and have lived there ever since.
In addition to set-netting, Doug worked for Western Geophysical, farmed hay, seined salmon and herring, long-lined halibut, built boats and poured concrete. He had the Daphne S. gillnetter and the Mitzi Bee seine vessel.
Doug was a founding member of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association and served as the treasurer there for many years. He also helped found the Cook Inlet Fisherman’s Fund, a commercial fishing organization, served as chairman of the District 34 Republican Party, served on the federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, and helped the Ninilchik Cabin Hoppers build and groom snowmachine trails.
Doug loved moose hunting with family and friends and made a yearly “vacation” of it. He became familiar with Nodwell track vehicles through his work with Western Geophysical. He soon bought one and kept it running for his annual hunts. He also was an early entrant into the snowmachine world. He and his family enjoyed riding and visiting their cabin in Caribou Hills.
Doug was a lifelong member of the Ninilchik Methodist Church, and was preceded in death by his father, Floyd; mother, Marion and his only brother, Stephen.
He is survived by his wife of more than 53 years, Mitzi; sons, Doug and his wife, Mary; David and his wife, Katie; daughter, Debbie, Diane and her husband, Heath, as well as his grandchildren, Brian Blossom and wife, Jenni, Brad Blossom, Boomer Blossom, Brittani Blossom, David Blossom, and wife, Dawnjalee, Grant Blossom and fiancé, Jaci Lamborn, Rachel Blossom, Cody Blossom; Billy Duncan and wife, Julia Jack, Kaile Duncan, Jared Duncan, and Doug’s sisters, Janet and her husband Bob Clucas; Martha and her husband, Dennis Ogren, Kathy and her husband Larry Wallace, Judy and her husband, Brent Johnson.
Doug’s aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins are many — as are his friends.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Doug c/o Mitzi Blossom at P.O. Box 289, Clam Gulch, Alaska 99639.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit Doug’s obituary and online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
Nikki Marie Geragotelis (Fry)
May 19, 1983 –Oct. 10 2013
Nikki Geragotelis passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 10, 2013 at her home in Homer. She was 30 years old. Nikki was born at the Homer hospital on May 19, 1983 to Bill and Dorothy Fry. She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.
When Nikki was four years old she had open-heart surgery at Stanford University to repair a hole in her heart. The doctors predicted she would not be able to keep up with the other kids and tire easily. It was immediately clear how mistaken they were. Nikki excelled at any athletic endeavor she took on from dance to cross country skiing. As she grew older, during soccer games the other team’s parents were always asking who was that girl breaking up all their plays. Nikki competed as an all-star softball player and was twice selected to represent Team Alaska in the Western States Tournament in California.
Nikki graduated from Homer High School in 2001. She then attended Southern Oregon University at Ashland and earned a degree in business. While there she made the roster of the Red Raider fast-pitch softball team as a walk-on.
After college, Nikki married the love of her life, Nate Geragotelis, on July 22, 2006. They promptly bought property and set out to build a large shop to live in while they built their home together. They had the foundation poured and did the rest themselves with the help of their many friends.
Once their beautiful home was complete they welcomed their first child, a sweet, stinkin’ cute boy they named Hank. The family was anticipating their second child, a girl they planned to name Rae Marie.
Nikki wielded a keen fashion sense and always knew what looked best, what sounded best and how to put anything together. She always jumped in to help, no matter how busy she was with the two jobs she loved: being Hank’s Mom and working at Dibble Creek, she excelled at both.
We had a lot to learn from her and we will miss calling on her to ask her how, what and when do we do the things that come before us. Nikki was unselfish, compassionate, graceful, reliable, grounded and loyal.
Nikki is survived by her husband Nate, son Hank, parents Bill and Dorothy Fry, sister Jasmine Maurer, grandparents Don Arseneau, Ruth Frye all of Homer, and grandfather Fred Fry of Stuart, Fla.
Her grandmothers Dolores Arseneau and Diane Fry preceded her in death.
A service will be held at the Bear Creek Bottling Plant on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. All that knew and loved Nikki are welcome. Those wishing to contribute to the Nikki Geragotelis’ memorial fund can do so at Wells Fargo. Funds will be used to construct a memorial for Nikki and Rae.
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