Kodiak Island Borough


Shirley Lee Evans Andre Birth: Jun. 18, 1955, Death: Mar. 2, 1996, Anchorage Daily News March 5, 1996, Kodiak homemaker Shirley Lee Andre, 40, died of pneumonia and meningitis March 2, 1996, at Alaska Regional Hospital. A visitation was held followed by a funeral service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kodiak. Bishop John Governal officiated. Burial was at the Kodiak Cemetery. Mrs. Andre was born June 18, 1955, in Ellensburg, Wash., and had been a resident of Kodiak since 1974. She had received her bachelor of science degree at Brigham Young University and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a volunteer with various charitable organizations, and enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts. She is survived by her husband, Michael; son, Perrin; mother, Valene Evans; father, Charles Evans, brothers, Dennis and Kent Evans; and sister, Cherie Evans Simpson. Arrangements were handled by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary & Crematory.


Karen Rae Hall Barker Birth: May 12, 1975, Alaska Death: Mar. 4, 2008, Valdez resident and lifelong Alaskan Karen Rae Barker, 32, died March 4, 2008, at home., A service was held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in Kodiak. Pallbearers were Jared Selanoff, Jerry Selanoff Jr., Cameron Katelnikoff, Joseph Katelnikoff, Freddie Katelnikoff and Jesse Eggemeyer. Burial at the City of Kodiak Cemetery., Karen was born May 12, 1975, in Alaska. She graduated from East High School in 1993 and is a member of the Russian Orthodox church. Karen enjoyed beading even though she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. She liked to coach her daughter's T-ball team and help the girls with school work. She also liked to read and loved music and singing, but her girls were her first and only priority, her family said., Her daughter Freddie said that her "mommy" was really kind and that she liked holidays and helping other people. Her daughter Alicia said that her "mommy" was nice (even though they sometimes made her mad) and that she liked to hug and kiss her and Freddie. Her Grandmother Sophie said: "She was a wonderful, caring granddaughter who always wanted to help. I love her dearly and will miss her. She was a devoted, protective mother who made her children the center of her life. She had a big heart and wanted to take care of everyone. She made sure her daughters knew about their heritage and history, science and life." Sophie added that family and friends were very important to Karen, and she taught her girls to be kind and help others., She was survived by her daughters, Freddie Katelnikoff Barker and Alicia Sophie Barker of Valdez; mother, Marina Katelnikoff-Beck of Valdez; dad, Donald Beck of Valdez; father and stepmother, Jerry and Rita Hall of Florida; great-grandmother, Marina Waselie of Larsen Bay; grandmother, Sophie Katelnikoff-Shepard of Kodiak; Crossna (godmother), Donna Yovino of Kodiak; brothers, Jared Hall, Jamie Hall, Justin Hall and Jordan Hall of Florida; stepsisters, Angela Lambert, Terri Beck and Lana MacKay of Washington; grandmother, Naomi Beck of Texas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles., Karen Barker was preceded in death by her grandfather, Fred Katelnikoff, and uncle, Zack Katelnikoff.


Gordon Brewster Bartel, Birth: 1953 Alaska Death: Jan. 15, 1983, Kodiak. Gordon Bartel was a Police Officer in Kodiak, Alaska. He served just a year and a half for the Police Force, dying in the line of duty at age 29. Officer Bartel was issuing a citation to a man for camping within the city limits, he had previously warned the same man for violating the city ordinance. The suspect shot Officer Bartel dead. The suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 99 years behind bars. Officer Bartel was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


John Ben "Benny" Benson, Jr. Birth: Sep. 25, 1912, Chignik, Alaska
Death: Jul. 2, 1972, Kodiak, Alaska
"Benny" BENSON, the son of Swede John Ben BENSON Sr. (1853- ~1937) & his Russian-Aleut wife Tatiana Ivanevna DEDIUKHIN (1880- ~1917), spent his childhood in the Jesse Lee Home, first in Unalaska and later in Seward. While at the Home in Unalaska, his design was selected to become the Alaska flag. Married twice, he made his home in later years at Kodiak where he was an honored and beloved community member. Memorials to him can be found in Kodiak, Unalaska, and throughout the State.


Dr. Lydia T. Black, Birth: Dec. 16, 1925, Kiev, Ukraine
Death: Mar. 12, 2007 Kodiak, Alaska
Lydia T. Black was born December 16, 1925 in Kiev. In 1950 she and her husband Igor Black moved to the United States. She completed her doctoral degree in anthropology at the University of Massachusetts in 1973. In 1984, Lydia began working for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She published dozens of books and articles about Alaska Native culture. She passed away March 12, 2007 in Kodiak, Alaska, age 81. She is survived by four children who live in Wisconsin, Texas, Massachusetts, and Alaska.


Mrs Kelly Erin Swan Cleary, Birth: Mar. 11, 1959, California, Death: Mar. 25, 1995, Alaska


Gwendolyn Cobban, Birth: Mar. 20, 1915, Wheatland, Oregon
Death: Aug. 5, 2010, Kodiak, Alaska


Sophia Kay Dombrowski, Birth: Aug. 24, 1961, Death: Jul. 7, 1992, Anchorage Daily News July 11, 1992, Anchorage homemaker Sophia Kay Naumoff Dombrowski, 30, died July 7 at Humana Hospital-Alaska. A funeral was conducted at Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak with Father John Zabinko of Holy Resurrection officiating. Burial was in the Kodiak Cemetery. Ms. Dombrowski was born Aug. 24, 1961, in Karluk. She was raised in Kodiak and moved to Anchorage in 1989. She is survived by her sons, Brian Hammerstom and Steven Naumoff, both of Anchorage; her mother, Reka Landis, and a brother, Timothy Naumoff, both of Kodiak; and three sisters, Julie Estes and Audrey Ferguson, both of Anchorage, and Judy Landis of Kodiak. Local arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel.


Nellie Morse Erskine, Birth: Nov. 7, 1886, San Francisco, CA, Death: Sep. 11, 1942


Wilbur Julian Erskine, Birth: Aug. 24, 1880 San Francisco, CA Death: Dec. 24, 1948


Anna Kraft, wife of Ben Kraft, born 26 August 1898


Loyde Walter LeDoux, Birth: Jun. 27, 1927, Minnesota
Death: Sep. 14, 1973, Anchorage, Alaska
Loyde was the father of 8 children. Married to Shirley Zachariason. Carpenter.


Shirley Joan Zachariason LeDoux, Birth: Sep. 2, 1931, Minnesota
Death: Jan. 1, 2006, Kodiak, Alaska
Mother of 8, married to Loyde Walter LeDoux


Alfred M. Levine, Birth: Mar. 6, 1924, Ouzinkie Alaska
Death: Feb. 23, 1990, Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage Daily News February 27, 1990, Alfred M. Levine, 65, a commercial fisherman in the Kodiak area, died Feb. 23 at Alaska Native Medical Center. Memorial services were held in Anchorage at the Seventhday Adventist Church North, with Pastor Jim Osborne officiating. A graveside service was held at Kodiak City Cemetery. Local arrangements were by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory. Mr. Levine was born March 6, 1924, in Ouzinkie. He enjoyed sports, fishing, the outdoors, crosswords and getting together with his American Legion friends. Mr. Levine was a commercial fisherman for most of his life, fishing out of Kodiak, where he made his home. His family said he will be remembered as a very special person who was a loving grandfather to his 12 grandchildren., Mr. Levine was preceded in death by his wife, Topsy. Survivors include daughters and sonsinlaws Loretta and Wayne Selby of Kodiak and Sharon and Gary Ferriss of Anchorage; his sons and daughtersinlaw, Sonny and Vicky Levine of Seward and Art and Tamie Levine of Kodiak.


John R. Morton, Birth: Jun. 24, 1919 Boonville, MO
Death: Aug. 14, 1996, Kodiak, Alaska
Anchorage Daily News August 21, 1996, John R. Morton, 77, died Aug. 14, 1996, at Kodiak Island Hospital of a lingering illness. A funeral service was held Aug. 17 at the American Legion Hall in Kodiak. Burial with full military honors, a 21-gun salute and a fly-by of local pilots, took place at the Kodiak City Cemetery., Mr. Morton was born in June 24, 1919, in Boonville, Mo. A highly decorated veteran of World War II, he joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 1, 1940, and trained for the armored artillery. His unit entered the European continent through the beaches at Normandy, France, shortly after D-Day. In the course of his military career, he would earn the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. Then-Sgt. Morton received the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. George Patton for actions in battle at Pontorson, France, when his unit was caught in a German ambush on Aug. 1, 1944. After using up his own ammunition, Mr. Morton retrieved a Thompson submachine gun from a dead soldier and continued attacking, accounting for 26 enemy deaths. On another occasion, Mr. Morton shot down a German fighter with an M-1 Garand infantry rifle. He left the service as a disabled veteran after five years. He was hospitalized at Fort Collins, Colo., with back and neck wounds at the time of his discharge. He and Fern Casey were married Jan. 24, 1945, in Boonville. A year later, he made his first trip to Kodiak. An avid hunter, Mr. Morton came to the island because ''he heard it had the biggest bears in the world.'' Within a couple of years, he moved his family to Kodiak. Over the years he worked as a truck driver, janitor and stevedore for both Alaska Steamship Co. and Sea-Land. He was a pilot and performed predatory bear control for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the late '40s and '50s, killing 17 bears with 18 shots. He had a guide service and was a receiver for Jonas Brothers of Denver. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was a benefactor of the National Rifle Association, a lifetime member and on the board of trustees of Whittington Marksmanship Center and a member of the Boonville Rod and Gun Club., Mr. Morton is survived by his sons, John and James ''Gus'' Morton of Kodiak; daughter, Barbara Jean Fortin of Anchorage; brother, James, and sisters, Mary Frances Oswald and Dorothy Jewett, all of Boonville; sister, Elizabeth Ann Arth of Kansas; and seven grandchildren.


Ione Marie Norton, Birth: Jul. 3, 1932, Kodiak, Alaska
Death: Jun. 6, 1992, Anchorage, Anchorage Daily News June 8, 1992, Anchorage resident, Ione Marie Norton, 59, died June 6 at Our Lady of Compassion Care Center, after a brief illness. A service was held at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Fourth Avenue and Turpin Street. His Grace, R.T. Rev. Gregory and Rev. Seraphim Rohlman officiated. Services in Kodiak were officiated by John Zambinko. Burial followed at Kodiak City Cemetery. Miss Norton was born July 3, 1932, in Kodiak. She had lived her life in Kodiak until moving to Anchorage in 1990. She has been employed in Shareholder Relations, with Koniag Inc., for seven years. She was very active in the Russian Orthodox Church. She enjoyed fishing, especially for silver salmon. She is survived by her mother, Anne Koppang of Anchorage; her brothers, Dennis Huey, Bob, and Roger Malutin, all of Kodiak; her sisters, Olivia Brisbane of South Bend, Wash., and Ginger Sothern of Portland, Ore. The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the building fund for St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 6724 E. Fourth Avenue, Anchorage, 99514. Local arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.


Florence Pearl Butrick Bedunah Pipe Birth: Jan. 1, 1900, USA Death: Jan. 1, 2000, USA
Florence Pearl Butrick married John Bedunah Dec. 31, 1908. They had four children - Hailey Comet, Earl Albert, Florence A. and Maxine all born in the Allegan/Kalamazoo MI area. The doctor who delivered Hailey Comet named him as he was born shortly after Hailey's Comet was sighted. Hailey wasn't real fond of his name and went by Harold most of his life. John passed away in 1930 and Florence later married Frank Byron Pipe. She was going by Pearl when she died in 1958 and was buried near John, her first husband.


Eileen O'Hearn Pate, Birth: Nov. 8, 1913, Kansas City, MO
Death: Sep. 22, 1992 Kodiak, Alaska
Eileen O'Hearn was originally a pianist. She turned Film Star in Hollywood. She made ten Films in Hollywood: Parachute Nurse W/Mary Mack; 1942 Submarine Raider W/Vera Lane;
1942 Meet the Stewarts W/Mary (uncredited); 1942 Not a Ladies' Man W/Margaret Vance;
1942 The Devil's Trail, W/Myra Willoughby; 1942 Blondie's Blessed Event (uncredited);
1942 Alias Boston Blackie, Hotel Maid (uncredited); 1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad, Medical Nurse (uncredited); 1942 The Adventures of Martin Eden, Girl (uncredited); 1942 The Man Who Returned to Life, Hettie (uncredited), 1941 Honolulu Lu, Debutante (uncredited), 1941 The Richest Man in Town, Mary Martin; 1941 Thunder Over the Prairie, Nora Mandan


Carl Panamarioff, Birth: Sep. 10, 1930, Ouzinkie, Alaska
Death: Aug. 28, 1991
Anchorage Daily News August 30, 1991, Lifelong Kodiak Island resident Carl Panamarioff, 60, died Aug. 28 at Providence Hospital. A funeral was held at Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak with the Rev. John Zabinko officiating. Burial was in the Kodiak Cemetery., Mr. Panamarioff was born Sept. 10, 1930, in Ouzinkie. He was a commercial fisherman for many years, working for the Torson family on the fishing vessel "Joanice|T.", He is survived by his sons, Peter Shanigan and Chris Shanigan of Ouzinkie; his brothers, Roy Wolkoff of Kodiak, and William Apalone Sr. of Seattle; his stepbrother, Bill Wolkoff, and stepsister, Tina Olson, both of Kodiak; his fiancee, Alice Anderson of Ouzinkie; and many nieces and nephews. Local arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown.


Florence Pearl Butrick Bedunah Pipe Birth: Jan. 1, 1900, USA Death: Jan. 1, 2000, USA
Florence Pearl Butrick married John Bedunah Dec. 31, 1908. They had four children - Hailey Comet, Earl Albert, Florence A. and Maxine all born in the Allegan/Kalamazoo MI area. The doctor who delivered Hailey Comet named him as he was born shortly after Hailey's Comet was sighted. Hailey wasn't real fond of his name and went by Harold most of his life. John passed away in 1930 and Florence later married Frank Byron Pipe. She was going by Pearl when she died in 1958 and was buried near John, her first husband.


Mark Michael Ryser, Birth: Jul. 8, 1970, Death: Jan. 17, 1990


Ellen Dawson Sawyer, Birth: 1908, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 2005 Kodiak, Alaska *Obit that appeared in the "ALASKA" Magazine - May/June 2006 edition: "Ellen Dawson Sawyer, 97, died Nov. 25 in Kodiak. A teacher who came to Kodiak in the early 1940s, she became principal of Kodiak High School in 1959. She was known for her resilience and sense of humor."


Marion Huldah Steinbruegge Soule, Birth: Mar. 1, 1924
Dunmore, PA
Death: Nov. 18, 1990, Seaside, OR
Anchorage Daily News November 28, 1990, Recent Kodiak resident Marion Huldah Soule, 66, died Nov. 18 at her daughter's home in Seaside, Ore. Services were conducted last week in Seaside and Kodiak. Burial was at Kodiak City Cemetery.,Mrs. Soule was born March 1, 1924, in Dunmore, Penn. She and her husband moved to Kodiak in 1962. She worked as a nurse at Griffin Memorial Hospital before going to work for the Alaska state employment office. She retired as manager there in 1982. Mrs. Soule was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kodiak, the Eastern Star Chapter No. 3, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She held board positions with American Association of Retired Persons, the Senior Citizens of Kodiak and the Kodiak Electric Association. She was also active in a Friday night bowling league. She moved from Kodiak in early November to live with her daughter in Oregon., Mrs. Soule is survived by her daughters, Pamela Johnson of Kodiak, and Patricia Soule of Seaside; her sisters, Kathryn Potter of Highland Park, Ill., Margaret Pettanito of Scranton, Penn.; her brother, William Steinbruegge, of San Marcos, Calif.; and her grandchildren, William Gilbert of Anchorage, and Jessica Johnson and Caitlin Russell, both of Kodiak.


Jeffrey Allen Wagner, b. Dec. 25, 1990 d. Jun. 9, 1991


Wamser, Charley, b. unknown, d. unknown


Elice Von Scheele Wamser, b. unknown, d. unknown


Richard Thomas "Dick" Wamser, Birth: May 20, 1936, Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska
Death: Dec. 29, 2010, Alaska
Longtime Alaska and Washington resident Richard Thomas "Dick" Wamser, 74, died Dec. 29, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Mr. Wamser wanted to be close to his mother and father, requesting that his ashes be laid to rest in the Kodiak Cemetery. Burial, a memorial service and gathering will be held in the spring, possibly on May 20, Dick's birthday. Notice of the services will be published in the Anchorage Daily News and the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Mr. Wamser was born May 20, 1936, in Afognak Village, to Charley and Elice (von Scheele) Wamser. He was baptized as a young child into the Russian Orthodox faith. After graduating high school, Dick received his master's degree from Columbia University in New York. He proudly served 13 years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge. Dick returned to Alaska to carry on the family tradition of commercial fishing in Bristol Bay from the mid-1960s to the mid 1980s. His various gillnetters included, most famously, The Phantom. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dick was the vessel owner and skipper of the salmon tenders: The Ben B and M/V Midas. Dick resided in Anchorage his last four years, becoming a co-guardian of his grand-niece, Dorrie Wamser. He devoted time to ensuring Dorrie was secure and provided for. He was able to reconnect with family and friends, especially enjoying playful time with grand-nieces and grand-nephews. His family said: "Dick was an independent, self-made man. Dick ("Uncle Dick") believed first and foremost in education and college. He also loved flowering plants, and poinsettias, delivering them to family and friends at Christmastime, his favorite holiday. Dick's greatest love was the ocean." Dick is survived by his brother, Bernard Wamser; nieces, Terrilyn Wamser, Marcia (Wamser) Anderson, and Susan Wamser, numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Charley Wamser, mother, Elice (von Scheele) Wamser; and nephews, James Wamser and Charley Wamser. Dick will be dearly missed by all his family and friends. Arrangements are entrusted to Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel. Published in adn.com from January 12 to January 14, 2011

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