Bethel & Kusilvak
Census Areas

According to the Pribilof Report of 1949. "Native Alaskan cemetery, where the Kuskokwim River was undermining the caskets and plunging the corpses into the stream just above the city water supply intake."

Bethel, Alaska - In the middle of a dirt field in this western Alaska hub lies a grave, a wooden cross at its head, a small American flag at the foot. This is the inaugural plot of the new Veterans Memorial Cemetery, which will serve the Kuskokwim River town of Bethel and 56 largely Yup'ik Eskimo villages. Members of the local American Legion post spearheaded construction of the two-acre site in a community effort being hailed by national Legion officials as the only one of its kind.


George H. Hohman Jr.
Birth: Jun. 2, 1932, Saint Louis, Missouri
Death: Nov. 20, 2006, Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska
Anchorage Daily News February 21, 2007
Bethel resident George Hohman Jr., 74, died Nov. 20, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of prostate cancer. Memorial services were held Dec. 7 in Bethel with the Rev. Chuck Peterson officiating and in Anchorage Dec. 10 with Deacon Dennis Foreman officiating. Some ashes were buried in Bethel; the remaining ashes will be scattered at a later date over Three Step Mountain near Bethel, as he requested.
George was born June 2, 1932, in St. Louis, to George Sr. and Margaret (Church) Hohman. The family moved to Glennie, Mich., and George graduated from high school in Oscoda, Mich., in 1950. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and was stationed in Monterey, Calif., where he studied the Russian language. While there, he played baseball for the Army and was a member of the Russian Choir, where he sang tenor and was a soloist. In 1954, the Army sent George to Fort Richardson, where he was a Russian translator, and then to the Pribolof Islands to study the influence of the Russian language on the Native language of the area. When his tour of duty ended, he and his then-wife, Nancy, and two daughters, returned to Michigan to complete his college education at Michigan State University. In 1962, he returned to Alaska with his family to teach for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. He taught in the villages of Emmonak and Nunapitchuk and was principal-teacher in Kwigillingok for two years. In 1967, he moved his family to Bethel, so his five children could attend secondary school. He taught school and was elected to represent the Yukon-Kuskokwim area as their representative to the State House. In 1972, he successfully ran for the State Senate. George represented the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Bristol Bay districts in the Alaska State Legislature for 16 years, serving both in the House and Senate. In 1986, George married Agnes Thomas of Tuntutuliak. Together they had George's sixth child, Benjamin. Besides living in Bethel, the family spent a year in Russia, where George taught English and furthered his study of the Russian language. George was a teacher, legislator, air-taxi owner, businessman and guide. In retirement, he divided his time between Las Vegas, Nev., and Bethel and pursued his interest in genealogy. In his later years, he especially enjoyed visiting with his many friends all around Bethel and at the senior center. "He was locally famous for his rendition of one of his favorite songs[DASH]the poignant 'Danny Boy,' " his family wrote. His family also wrote: "Some people called George Hohman the 'Tundra Fox'; some called him the 'Singing Senator'; he was 'Sonny' to his parents, brother and sisters. To us, he was Dad, Pops, and Grandpa. We saw him serve the people of his legislative district tenaciously and honorably, and we take great pride that he was a tireless advocate for the residents of all rural Alaska. Many would agree that he was one of a kind, a person who truly made a difference in the world. We have found great solace in the support of his many friends around Alaska."
He is survived by his wife, Agnes Thomas-Hohman; daughters and sons-in-law, Carrie and Paul Longpre and Laura Hohman-Tichenor and Joe Tichenor; daugthers, Catherine Hohman and Sally Porto; sons, George III and Benjamin; grandchildren, Jacques Longpre, Zach and Matt Wiseman, Cassandre Hohman and Nancy Porto; sister-in-law, Sophia Thomas and her children, Pavilynn, Peter and Tony, who were part of his Las Vegas family; sisters and brother, Patricia Hook, Bettyanne Hoien, and Ronald Hohman; and former wife, Nancy Thompson. George was very proud of his Native extended family members who are too numerous to name. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Benjamin; and nephew, Michael. Memorial at

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