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ALDERMAN - Dorothy Marie Alderman, 97, died March 27, 2005, at Providence Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Alderman was born March 17, 1908, in Eagle, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Muriel A. Brooks.

BAILEY - Tury G. Bailey, 61, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 2010, in Fairbanks. He was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Seattle. Tury grew up in Fairbanks and attended Denali Elementary and Lathrop High schools. He graduated from GOW High School in Buffalo, N.Y., in May 1968. He received a Miner's Safety and EMT Certificate from the University of Alaska in 1990. In addition, he took classes at Tanana Valley Campus in hazard communication, welding and heavy equipment.

After high school, he served in the Army National Guard from 1969 to 1975 and was deployed to Vietnam. His military service accomplishments included basic combat and advanced infantry training, also working as a military occupational specialist wheel vehicle mechanic.

Tury and Corrine Pederson were married at Community Covenant Church in Fairbanks on Sept. 27, 1980. Prior to their marriage, their son, Larry, was born in Fairbanks on May 29, 1977. Tury worked as a boiler fireman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1982 through 1987. During this time their other sons were born in Fairbanks, Steven Tury on June 6, 1984, and Isaac Raymond on Nov. 17, 1985. Tury traveled throughout Alaska with his family. He enjoyed living in Nome, Solomon and Council.

As well as working as a boiler fireman, Tury was a laborer/heavy equipment operator for the Nome Joint Utilities, driller helper/sampler for West Gold and Giant Bay Exploration at Nome, field service oiler for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 (North Slope) and Anvil Mining Co. (Nome) and maintenance worker for
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Tury enjoyed dip netting for Copper River reds at Chitina and berry-picking in Fairbanks. He found time for traveling by road in Northwest, Central and Southwest Alaska with his wife, sons and other family members.

During family time, he encouraged his sons to stay in school, graduate and to help each with their vehicles. He enjoyed suction dredging for gold, snowmachining, motorcycling and being a mechanic. In addition, he found it a pleasure to give gold nuggets as birthday presents. He will be greatly missed by his many close family, relatives and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Annie Corrine who was born at Solomon; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Esther Pederson, two grandchildren, Sienna Pederson and Levi Pederson, all of Nome; and sons, Steven and Isaac, both of Fairbanks; many in-law nieces and nephews in Anchorage, Nome and Juneau; and relatives out of state.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Chandler Bailey and Helen June Smith Bailey.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. A funeral with military honors will start at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ken Moore of Community Covenant Church officiating. Burial will take place this spring at Birch Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to: E Z VEST LLC., P.O. Box 85182, Fairbanks, AK 99708.
Arrangements were by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.

Published in Daily News-Miner on February 10, 2010

BAILEY - Tury G. Bailey, 61, passed away on Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 2010, in Fairbanks. The time and date of his service were incorrect in the obituary published Feb. 10.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. The funeral with military honors will start at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ken Moore of Community Covenant Church officiating. Burial will take place this spring at Birch Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.

Published in Daily News-Miner on February 11, 2010

BELIO - Juanita D. Belio, 59, died May 22, 2004 at home in Wasilla, Alaska. Ms. Belio was born July 31, 1944 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Craig Houston. According to her family, her fondest memories were of homesteading in Eagle River Valley and she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

BETANCOURT - Deborah L. Betancourt, 42 died Oct. 2, 2003, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Betancourt was born April 13, 1961, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her son, Justin Monette; grandson, Zachary Monette; father and stepmother, Stanley and Carmen Betancourt; sister, Roberta Garrett; and brother, Robert Betancourt.

BLATCHFORD - Ruth E. Blatchford, 49, of Anchorage, Alaska died June 27, 1999 at her residence. Mrs. Blatchford was born July 15, 1950 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her husband Joe D. Blatchford; sons Daniel J. Martinez, Shawn T. Martinez and Burton H. Twitchell; daughter Monica A. Martinez; ex-husband Ken J. Martinez; father Timothy Twitchell Sr.; brothers Timothy and Matthew Twitchell; sisters Lois L. Stover, Ester E. Lurson, Eunice A.Pacheco, Racheal I. McCarthy, Hannah I. Broussard, Mary and Rebecca Twitchell; and five grandchildren.

BRYAN - Douglas Bryan, 61, died Aug. 28, 2004, at the Hotel Villa Mexicana in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. Mr. Bryan was born Sept. 15, 1942, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter, Daria Bryan; sister, Grace Bryan; and companion, Patricia J. Morillo.

CLEVELAND - Howard P. Cleveland, Sr., 72, of Fairbanks, Alaska died Sept. 29, 1998 at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Mr. Cleveland was born Jan. 31, 1925 in Selawik, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter Betty Ketzler; sons Benno Cleveland and Howard Cleveland Jr.

EVANS - Lifelong Alaskan Lena Young Evans, 84, died July 1, 2005, at Providence Seward Medical Center of cardiac arrest. A visitation will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks with a service at 3 p.m. Scott Fisher will officiate. Burial will take place Wednesday at Tanana Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Pete LeRoy, Roy LeRoy, Paul LeRoy, Rodney Evans and Carl Jerue Jr. Honorary pallbearers will include Ted Harwood, Lester Erhardt, Greg Smith, Ricky Smith and Richard Smith. Mrs. Evans was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Tanana to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Young. Most of her life was spent in Fairbanks. In 1939, she met and married John Evans, and they lived in Rampart until 1947. She lived in Anchorage off and on throughout her life, and most recently lived in Homer. Mrs. Evans was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. During the 1980s, she was on the front page of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner being blessed by Pope John Paul II. She was a homemaker who enjoyed traveling, berry picking, fiddle dancing, going to thrift stores, and visiting friends and family. Her son, Franklin, writes: "She was not educated, but she was very professional in how she carried herself." She was very kind-hearted and a loving mother, friend and relative who was easy to love, her son also wrote. He added that she gained many friendships throughout Alaska. Mrs. Evans is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Franklin and Mary Evans, grandchildren, Kenneth, Aldrick and Kendra Komakhuk, all of Anchorage; nephew, Carl Jerue Sr. and his wife, Marcia, great-nephew, Carl Jerue Jr. and his wife, Tammy, all of Anvik; numerous other nephews, nieces, relatives and friends all over Alaska; and longtime friend, Earl Ridner. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, John Evans; infant daughter; brother, Howard Young; and sisters, Cecilia and Cora. Arrangements were with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

FALLERT - Father Francis J. Fallert, S.J., 71, died Saturday morning in his sleep at the Jesuit Residence, 2890 N. Kobuk St., Fairbanks, of complications of leukemia, for which he was being treated. 14 There will be a Rosary on Monday at 7 p.m. at Chapel of Chimes in Fairbanks. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks. Burial will be Thursday in Tununak. Father Fallert was born May 6, 1919, and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1940, in Sheridan, Wash., where he began his course of studies for priesthood. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 21, 1952, and served most of his priestly life in rural Alaska. Father Fallert's most recent assignments have been in the Nelson Island villages of Toksook Bay, Tununak and Newtok. He has served as former Superior of the Society of Jesus in Alaska and had been dedicated to the development of Copper Valley School in Glennallen, where he served as administrator from 1964 to 1966. Father Fallert is survived by three sisters, Eleanor Gooley of Harrington, Wash., and Rosella Acherman and Katherine Yarwood of Spokane, Wash.

FORD-EVERETT - Jeweldean "Jewel" Ford-Everett, 64, died March 10, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She suffered from a debilitating illness that rapidly progressed over the last few months. A service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. She was born Feb. 12, 1946, in California and moved to Anchorage when she was 5 years old. She graduated from West High School in 1964 and later, in her 40s, graduated from Alaska Pacific University. She worked at KTUU as a camera person in the 1980s; in the 1990s she worked for KTBY Channel 4. She loved Alaska and lived in many different locations, including Willow, Chickaloon, the village of Mentasta and the place she called home, Chitina. She was a volunteer EMT in Chitina for a number of years and recently was on the board of directors of KCHU radio in Valdez. Jewel played drums and loved to do beadwork; she enjoyed science fiction and often watched sports on TV. Jewel loved nature and was a free-spirited, adventurous, unique individual. Jeweldean is survived by her sons, Jay Rylander and Chris Rylander and his wife Lissa; her granddaughters, Jade Hartley and Ivy Rylander; her great-granddaughter, Ryli Hartley; her sister, Costella Fleming; her nieces and nephews, Conswella, Joy, Shari, Chad and Richard; and her brother, Wynne Ford and his wife Sheila. Jewel was preceded in death by her mother, Tolular Ford; and her son, Brian Rylander.

FRAZIER - Frances D. Frazier, 81, died Feb. 2, 2004, at her niece’s home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Frazier was born July 2, 1923, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jan Frazier; granddaughters, Kim Gober and Amy Johnson; grandson, Matthew Frazier; nieces, Jeane Hull, Hilda Vandergrift, Erica Jocobsson, Deidre Viera, Frieda Bosette, June Jardine, Valerie Gallegos, Chrissy Jacobsson, and Regina Depperman; nephew, John Jacobsson; aunt, Hannah Solomon; and more than 50 great-nieces and nephews.

GONZALES - Lori L. Gonzales, 42, died June 1, 2004, at home in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ms. Gonzales was born July 29, 1961, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her son, Andre LaFrance; mother, Kitty Allen; grandson, Cody James Peterson; brother, Robert O. Allen Jr.; daughter-in-law, Lorinda Rose Peterson; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends throughout Alaska.

HARPER - Walter Hudson Harper, 80, died March 20, 2005, at Mt. Edgecombe Hospital in Sitka, Alaska. He was born May 1, 1924, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his sisters, Mary E. Denton and Constance H. Paddock; and brother, Donald A. Harper.

LEE - Robert E. Lee Jr. passed away at his home in Manley Hot Springs on Dec. 16, 2009, in the arms of his beloved wife, Lisa. He was born in Grand Marais, Minn., on Aug. 15, 1943, to Robert Sr., (Senior) and Betty (Elizabeth) Lee. There he attended high school and was a lead basketball player for the Vikings, graduating in 1961. He went on to Northland College in Ashland, Wisc., where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Bob came to Alaska in 1965 with his first wife, Susan Lee. He worked for Pete Mulligan-Mitchell and Carnation as an accountant. He became an officer in the Alaska State Troopers in 1967, walking a beat in Fairbanks. He often recounted his experiences as a public safety officer during the 1967 Fairbanks Flood. Everyone who knew Bob has heard him tell, "When I was a trooper" stories. Later, his accounting expertise was put to work in the administrative offices of the Alaska State Troopers. In October 1971, son David Lee was born to Bob and Susan in Fairbanks. In 1970, Susan found the Roadhouse and Bob began his lifelong involvement with Manley Hot Springs, when he and his partners, Jim Boa and DeMarco purchased Manley Roadhouse. Shortly afterward, Jim passed away. Bob became the sole proprietor and spent the rest of his life living and working in the community. Bob became the town's postmaster in the mid-1970s. He maintained that position to the end of his life. He was just paving the way to retire from the post office when he passed away. In 1979, Bob bought the Manley Trading Post. The post office was moved to the store, where it remains today. After two previous marriages, Bob met Lisa Lee Owens, the love of his life. They were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Manley Roadhouse. He literally lit up when she walked into the room, and many people heard him say how happy she made him. She was the rock and rose in his life. Bob always was a community-minded person. As a teenager, he helped care for a friend who was in an accident until Bob himself was injured. In Manley Hot Springs, Bob was an active board member of the Manley Park Association for many years. In 1982, he was elected to the board of directors of the newly chartered Manley Hot Springs Community Association. He served for 27 years, the last 18 as president, retiring just this past fall. Bob Lee was a giant of a man in Manley Hot Springs, both physically and as a member of the community. He shouldered the complaints that go with leadership well. His presence made us feel safer. He supported many community activities across the years. He hosted some of the best community get-togethers and helped us all create treasured memories. We will hold Robert in our hearts and memories for a long, long time. Bob is preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Sr.; mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Lee; and son, David Lee. Bob is survived by his wife, Lisa Lee of Manley Hot Springs; stepsons Trampes (Lynnette) Woellert of Manley, Heath (Danielle) and Nicholas (Kimberly) Woellert of Fairbanks; brother Bill(Betty) Lee of Carlton, Minn.; his nephews, Ryan (Brooke) and Nicholas Lee; and one niece, Jessica Lee, all of Minnesota; Uncle Dick and Aunt Rill Evans of Bradenton, Fla.; and grandchildren Robert E. Lee, Alexis, Kalli, Roshell, Lochlann, Kailah, Makenzi, Dillen and Lisa Lee. A public viewing will be held at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, from 12-3 p.m. Bob's ashes will be buried in at the Manley Hot Springs Cemetery on Jan. 5, 2010, in the afternoon. Arrangements were by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.

LISBOURNE - Well-known Inupiaq doll artist Iva Naomi Bolt Lisbourne, 72, of Tok died Oct. 7, 2009, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage.

A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Muldoon Chapel, 8000 E. 36th Ave., with a potluck celebrating her life to be held afterward. A visitation will be from noon until service time. A funeral will be held Oct. 17 in Barrow at the Presbyterian Church. The time will be announced. Burial will be at Barrow Cemetery.

Iva was born March 12, 1937, in Wainwright, the youngest of 15 children, to Richard Argasinya Bolt of Point Hope and Annie Kullaluk Aimaq of Nuvuk.

Once she decided to make Inupiaq dolls, she was blessed and became well-known. She felt that this was a gift from the Lord. She loved reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon. One of her favorite sayings was "Pray always."

Along with her husband, she loved Alaska's great outdoors. She loved camping, fishing, berry picking, traveling and seeing all her family and friends.

She loved to hear Inupiat stories and listen and dance to Inupiat music. She taught her children the ways of Inupiaq life, the stories, how to dance and speak Inupiat. She instilled in her children a love for their heritage, and this has been passed down to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Lisbourne of Tok; and her children, Benny Spencer of Barrow, Cindy Van Wye of Colorado, Corinne McDonnell of Birchwood, Joseph Spencer of Anchorage, Vera Kasyulie of Bethel, Michael Stotts of Barrow, Theo (Alvin) Spencer Jr. of Birchwood, Flossie Spencer of Birchwood, Phillis Spencer of Anchorage, Clara Lisbourne of Anchorage, and special family friend Nadine Estes of Anchorage; her grandchildren, Dora and Crystal Spencer, Kacey Spurlock, Cory Spurlock, Jessi Spurlock, Kristen Kasayulie, Brandon Kasayulie, Scott Kasayulie, Chelsie Kasayulie, Brienna Stotts, Noami Stotts, Stephine Stotts, Michael Stotts Jr., Anthony Stotts, Evelyn Stotts, Joyce Stotts, Gabrial Stotts, Josie Coffman, Sara McDonnell, Bobby Joe Spencer, Jasmyn Spencer, Amanda Spencer, Celena Spencer, Sydney Belz, Alexander Lisbourne and Alyssa Ramos; and many great-grandchildren.

Published in the Anchorage Daily News, 10 October 2009, page A9.

Submitted by Corinne McDonnell corinne.mcdonnell@uicumiaq.com

QUEST - Helen Agnes Quest, 83, of Anchorage, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Providence Hospital after declining health and a brief illness. Funeral services were held in Anchorage, followed by services and burial in Grand Junction, Colo. She was born March 5, 1924, in Beaver Dam, Wis., daughter of Sylvester and Marcella (Roark) Thoma. Helen went to school and spent her childhood in the Beaver Dam area. On March 2, 1943, she married Donald Quest in Richwood, Wis. Helen and Don farmed in Mud Lake until they bought a farm on Quest Road near Clyman, Wis. Together Helen and Don became parents of 11 children. In 1962, the family moved to Grand Junction where they continued farming until 1973. At that time, Helen and Don and their younger children moved to Anchorage, where they established the Magi-Clean carpet cleaning business. Their cabin property at Chickaloon was a source of enjoyment and relaxation for Helen and Don and their entire family. Countless friends were welcomed there. The Quests traveled extensively and enjoyed a vacation home in Hawaii for many years. Helen was a devoted wife and dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook, bake and can her garden produce, and was known for the honey she made from corncobs and wildflowers from Chickaloon. Needle-point, crafts and writing letters were among her many creative interests. Survivors include her husband, Donald; children, Carol Kocher (Bob) of Beaver Dam, James Quest (Rosila) of Anchorage, Ronald Quest (Joan) of Parachute, Colo., Susan Garner of Anchorage, Edward Quest (Pamela) of Pipe Creek, Texas, Eva Quest of Anchorage, Joseph Quest (Rhea) of Loma, Colo., Helen Kinsey of Anchorage, Kristine Paeth (David) of Anchorage, and David Quest of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren, Donald and Edward Kocher, Kim Crummit, James Quest, Russell and Matthew Quest, Michael and Christopher Garner, Joseph Cline, Patrick Quest, Misty Gilbert, Amber Hill, Jason and Jamie Paeth, Tarren Stitchler, Janelle and Brandon Quest; great-grandchildren, Alahna, Adrian and Victoria Guthrie, Mackenzie and Schuyler Garner, Samantha and Elizabeth Garner, Sean Beliveau, and Christopher Cline, Travis and Justin Weldon, Kassidee Gilbert, Kaitlynn Lulay, and Mariah, Shannon, Taylor and Jordan Stitchler; and her sisters, Florence Riedl, Elizabeth Quest and Marian Kreuziger, all of Wisconsin. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Joseph; a son, Thomas; a grandson, Gregory Quest; and great-grandson, Devin Cline.

RYAN - Robert A. Ryan, 49, died Aug. 25, 2001, at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Mr. Ryan was born Oct. 7, 1951, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his wife Cindy Ryan; son Tony Ryan; daughter April Ryan; stepson Aaron Andrews; and sisters, Joey Parson, Ruth Demit and Dee Hewitt.

SOLOMON - Fairbanks -- Whether they had been scolded, encouraged, loved or touched in another way by her, hundreds of people mourned the loss of 102-year-old Athabascan matriarch Hannah Solomon on Thursday.

Sacred Heart Cathedral saw those hundreds of people as they came to celebrate the life of Solomon, who died Sept. 16.

At the front of the center aisle of the cathedral, a handmade white casket with floral trim sat. Inside, Solomon was dressed in a purple head scarf, flowered jacket and beaded slippers. A large, beaded cross was placed in her hands. People laid knit socks and mittens at her feet.

The casket was lined with a silky floral print, mostly pink in color and cheerful despite its function. The fabric was requested by Solomon.

"When she died, she wanted to be surrounded by flowers," said Michelle Peter, who helped her cousins create the lining.

The occasion was more festive than might be expected at a funeral. Many of the attendees embraced each other in greeting and laughed with one another. Guest speakers had funny stories to share. Guitar and fiddle players played dancing music before the ceremony began.

"At 102, it's a celebration of life," said guest speaker Rep. Reggie Joule, of Kotzebue, who first met Solomon in the 1970s during the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, where he said she scolded him for misbehaving. "But it doesn't eliminate that piece that's gone."

Solomon was born in 1908 in Old Rampart near the Canada border. She was raised in Fort Yukon and married Paul Solomon Sr. Together they created a family whose total size today is larger than many small villages. Solomon died with hundreds of descendants spanning five generations.

In her time, Solomon helped create the Fairbanks Native Association, helped found the city of Fort Yukon and supported Tanana Chiefs Conference, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and Doyon Limited. She has pieces of her Athabascan artwork in museums around the world. According to the funeral speakers, though, it was Solomon's legacy of family, culture and leadership that was her greatest accomplishment.

Southeast Sen. Albert Kookesh of Angoon was another of Solomon's guest speakers. A Tlingit Indian, Kookesh said he had married into the Athabascan culture and is proud to represent them, through his sprawling district, in the state Legislature. His uncle, Walter Soboleff, died this year at 102 as well. Soboleff was a Tlingit patriarch as Solomon was a matriarch.

Kookesh said Soboleff taught him that in the Tlingit culture, totem poles are originally stood up with the support of woven tree roots acting as ropes. Over time, the roots deteriorate, and fall apart. When the rope breaks, however, the totem pole can still stand, embedded in the ground.

"We all expect you to still stand," he told the family of Solomon.

Steve Ginnis of the Fairbanks Native Association alternated between the Gwich'in language and English as he spoke about Solomon's lasting effect on the state and her culture.

"Gwich'in people have always had a strong voice," he said. "We carry our pride. It was handed down to us through people like her. Grandma always said at every funeral: 'Love one another. Take care of each other. Respect each other."

Daisy Stevens, Solomon's daughter, put together a eulogy that told a story of her parents reuniting. Stevens wrote that on her parents' trek up the golden stairs to heaven, her mother stopped to turn around one last time. Her husband told her not to worry -- their many descendants would survive.

"You have done a good job sharing your love with them and teaching them our traditional and cultural ways," Stevens wrote her father as saying. "Because of this, your work will be carried on for many generations to come."

Published in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner on September 23rd, 2011. Submitted by Kim

STICKMAN - Ivan Stickman, 67, died November 6, 1999, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Mr. Stickman was born in Chickaloon, Alaska, on December 22, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Helen Stickman; sisters Louise and Betsy Stickman; uncle Harry Nickolai and Buffy. Mr. Stickman is survived by many relations in the Chickaloon, Palmer, Sutton, Gulkana, Valdez Creek and Copper Center areas.

YEAGER - Kenai resident John A. Yeager, 55, died peacefully in his sleep June 25, 2005, at the Pogo Mine near Fairbanks, where he was working. An informal memorial service will at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Green Strip Park Pavilion in Kenai. Mr. Yeager was born Oct. 5, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. He moved to California with his family and graduated from Bella Vista High School in Orange-ville, Calif. He moved to Alaska in the late 1960s and lived in Ninilchik, Kenai and Soldotna. He was a carpenter by trade and a fisherman at heart. "John was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend to many," his family said. Mr. Yeager is survived by his mother, Mary Bevan of Henderson, Nev.; sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Bob Mayhall of Henderson; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Prewett-Amesquita, Melanie Cholewinski, Wyat Mayhall, and Sjuana Mayhall, all of Las Vegas, and Brooke Vargas of Modesto, Calif.; 11 great-nieces and -nephews; and his fiance, Linda Lou Marmon of Ninilchik. Memorial donations may be directed to the John Yeager Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank. Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.


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