Obituary – July 23

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.”

Obituary – July 16

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. […]

Obituary – July 9

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.

Obituary – June 25

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 […]

Obituary – June 4

Charles Ashley Homer resident, Mr. Charles Ashley, 61, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at his home in Homer. Private services will be held at a later date. Mr. Ashley was born July 14, 1952. He moved to Homer in 2011, and loved hunting, fishing and photography. He was a very kind and giving person who was […]

Obituary – May 21

Alaska Pioneer and longtime Homer resident Wayne E. Jones, 89, died Thursday, May 08, 2014 in Homer, Alaska. Wayne was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on Nov. 19, 1924 to O. Vinal and Etta (Nash) Jones. As described in his father’s diary on the day of his birth, Wayne was a “well-built little fellow.” He was […]

Obituary – May 14

John A. Hollis John A. Hollis, 67, a resident of Homer for the past 63 years, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer following an extended illness. John was born Aug. 23, 1946 in Seattle, Wash. His family moved to Homer in 1950, and he graduated from Homer High School in […]

Obituary – April 30

Ramona Lee Tucker Please join friends and family for a celebration of life for Ramona Lee Tucker at the Homer Elk’s Lodge Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. James Randall Kvasnikoff Lifelong Nanwalek resident, James Randall Kvasnikoff, 46, died April 10, 2014, at the Nanwalek Clinic in Nanwalek. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. […]

Obituary – April 23

Ramona Lee Tucker died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. She was loved by many in Homer, Portland and elsewhere. She will be honored in a celebration of life at the Homer Elks Club on May 4. All who knew Ramona are invited to attend. She is survived by her loving husband and […]

Obituaries – April 16

Aaron Rael-Catholic Aaron Rael-Catholic, 24, died April 2, 2014, in Homer. Aaron was born on Jan. 27, 1990 in Denver, Colo. His bright smile and sparkling eyes will be missed by all who knew him. Please join us in a celebration of his life. Bring a favorite memory or a story to share. Friday, April […]

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