Jocelyn DeShong Rohde, 81, died peacefully at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, on Sept. 20, 2014, with her family at her side. She died of pancreatic cancer. Jocelyn was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Kansas City, Mo., and lived there until her marriage. At Southwest High School, Jocie — as she was affectionately known all […]
Longtime Homer resident, Mr. Frank J. Vondersaar, 63, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. Funeral Services were held Sept. 19 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Homer. Frank was born Oct. 4, 1950 to John and Susanna (Faye) Vondersaar in Kokomo, Ind. He received a few master degrees […]
Connie Louise Prouty, age 62 of Anchor Point, passed away Aug. 13, 2014 at South Peninsula Hospital. Connie was born Dec. 12, 1951 in Portland, Ore., to Lyle and Leta Mae (Wilson) Hutson. She moved to Alaska in 1977 and lived in Togiak, Levelock, Anchorage and Valdez Creek before settling in Anchor Point. Connie was […]
Bruce Willard passed away Aug. 9, 2014 in Arizona, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment. Born July 24, 1935 in Oakfield, Wisc., Bruce was a Homer resident since 1946. He was a true Alaskan. He homesteaded with his wife Linda in 1959, was a commercial fisherman, big game guide, company commander of the […]
Pamela Kay Ramsdell Homer resident Pamela Kay Ramsdell, 66, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at her home from natural causes. A private family service will take place at a later date. Pam was born Feb. 14, 1948 in Barstow, Calif. She worked in marketing for a health and fitness company, and moved to Alaska in […]
Jason Austin Williams Jason Austin Williams was born July 7, 1990, in Homer, Alaska. He passed away May 31, 2014, in Dallas, Ore. from a blood clot, following surgery two days earlier. Jason lived life to the fullest, enjoying his childhood with his older sister, Charity. Jason enjoyed sports and outdoor activities; particularly snowboarding with […]
Anchorage resident, Bailey Ruth Gillis, 18, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, July 14, 2014.
A celebration of Bailey’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N Street. A reception will follow.
Bailey was born Sept. 30, 1995 to Vern and Karen Gillis in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born with congenital cytomegalovirus, a burden shared by too many.
“Bailey was a gift to everyone who looked into those beautiful blue eyes,” her family said. “When Bailey put her arms around our necks, she used every tiny muscle to hold on as tight as she could. She loved swinging, swimming, skiing, flashy lights, horses and everyone who took the time to see her for the precious little girl that she was inside of the obstacle of a body she lived in.”
Ezra B. Pastro Homer resident Ezra B. Pastro, 40, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Christian Community Church in Homer. Pastor Bill Williams will officiate. A potluck will follow the services. Ezra was born Sept. […]
Homer boatbuilder and musician Renn Tolman passed away peacefully in his tiny beachfront cabin on the afternoon of Saturday, July 5. He was 80.
A celebration of Renn’s life will be held at his boat shop in Homer at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12.
Renn was well-known in Alaska coastal communities for designing and building the Tolman skiff, a practical dory-style v-bottom boat that found wide use among hardy seafarers on Kachemak Bay and around the world. His two do-it-yourself books, describing an economical “stitch-and-glue” construction process involving plywood and epoxy resin, sold thousands of copies. Tolman skiffs can be found in Germany, Norway, Australia and other countries. An old-school outdoorsman, Renn traveled far across open water on hunting and fishing trips. At his death he had just completed a new design, the Tolman Trawler.
Lifelong Alaska resident, Benjamin Edgar Kruse, 30, died Friday, June 6, 2014 due to injuries suffered in an ATV accident. Funeral and graveside services were held Thursday and Friday of last week. He was laid to rest at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof, Alaska. Ben Kruse was born Sept. 20, 1983 to James and […]