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Bel Isle Ph.D., Dennis*  
When Dennis was a child he painted a majestic snow-capped mountain scene. Dennis used to say the view from his home in Eagle River, Alaska, was exactly what he had painted as a child. Dennis passed away of an apparent sudden heart attack at home. He was valued for his dry sense of humor, his intelligence, his love of dogs (all of his had "Yeti" in their names), a keen interest in computers since the late '70s and his enjoyment of writing. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., to a French father, Gilbert Belisle and Irish mother, Joan Callahan, Dennis was the third of eight children. His father passed suddenly when Dennis was 16 and his mother moved the family to sunny California, where Dennis enjoyed warm winters and tacos. The first summer after high school he traveled with his cousin through Europe. Dennis soon enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air and was recruited into Naval Intelligence. Following active duty, he continued in the Navy Air Reserves and also received his private pilot's license. Dennis married Carol Neuman and moved to their first house, located in the local mountains of southern California. After Dennis completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Cal Poly Pomona, they moved to Oregon, where Dennis earned an Master of Science degree at Oregon State University. They owned a dairy there and in late 1984, they moved to Alaska. In 1988, Dennis attained his Ph.D. from OSU/Columbia Pacific University in Behavioral Physiology. Dennis worked for VECO, Red Dog Mine and British Petroleum before retiring in 2003 from the Department of Defense. Dennis was a long time member of the Chugiak Eagle River Historical Society, where he enjoyed working as editor of their newsletter and updating the computer system. He also valued his membership and friendships in the Chugiak Senior Center Writers' Group. Just a week before his passing Dennis completed and submitted for editing his final chapter of his work in progress, a philosophical review. Dennis leaves behind written memories of his childhood in Wisconsin and California, as well as humorous stories of "critters" that kept him company throughout life. A mass will be said in Dennis's honor at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Eagle River, on Sept. 4, 2015, at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes a donation made in Dennis's name to St. Andrew's or any animal rights, survival or rescue organization. Dennis was preceded in death by his father; mother; and sister, Diane Lardas. He is survived by his siblings, Fran Carter of Wisconsin, Christine Lunn and Susan Bel Isle of Washington, Michael Belisle of Arizona, and Ellen Belisle and Marc Belisle of California.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 30, 2015
Benson, Bruce Edward*  
Bruce Edward Benson, 70, passed away at Lighthouse Home Care Assisted Living Facility in Anchorage, Alaska, on Aug. 28, 2015. A memorial service will be held at St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Road in Anchorage, on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at 7 p.m., with Reverend Andy Bartel officiating the service. Bruce was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Jan. 22, 1945. He received his Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University. Bruce worked at Rapistan from 1968-1973, then moved to Alaska in 1973 and worked as an Electrical Engineer and program manager for the F.A.A. Bruce enjoyed ham radio, hiking and visiting the remote log cabin he built up the trail from the railroad tracks 40 miles north of Talkeetna, Alaska. Memorial donations may be sent to F.I.S.H. (Fellowship in Serving Humanity) at P.O. Box 111443, Anchorage, AK 99511; www.fishcharity.org . Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Sept. 2, 2015
Bouschor, Ray*  
Anchorage resident Ray Leroy Bouschor, 76, passed away on Aug. 20, 2015, from congestive heart failure at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. A military honors ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Those attending will need to meet at the JBER-Richardson entrance by 2:30 p.m. A celebration of Ray's life and memorial potluck will be held at 5 p.m. in the Commons Room at 2401 Sentry Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507. Ray was born on April 2, 1939, to Joseph W. and Betty Rose (Feldman) Bouschor in Washington, D.C. He entered into the U.S. Navy in 1956, and served as an Airman Apprentice until he was honorably discharged in 1962. Ray moved to Anchorage in 1993, and had worked at Midtown Machine in the late 1990s, with close friend Bob and Anita Vanhusien. He enjoyed baseball, hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, wrestling and football, especially the Washington Redskins. "Fondly called 'Poppy' by many, Ray was quick witted and always would let you know where he stood. He enjoyed being around family and friends and loved to share stories of his youth and the good ol' days. Ray was kind hearted and would do whatever he could to make things possible. Poppy is well loved and will be deeply missed," wrote the family. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ray A. Bouschor; and nephew, Sydney Bouschor. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy-Jo Bouschor and Raymond Taylor of Anchorage; granddaughter and stepgrandson, Victoria Bouschor and Shane "Clarence" McAbee of Anchorage; younger brothers and sisters-in-law, Sidney and Patrica Bouschor of Anchorage and Steven and Kathy Bouschor of Grant's Pass, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home. Please visit Ray's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 30, 2015
Carpenter, Evelyn*  
Long time Anchorage resident Evelyn Sue Carpenter, 78, passed away on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, from complications due to diabetes and multiple myeloma at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall, 4730 O'Malley Road in Anchorage. The family invites everyone to bring stories and memories to share and relax with refreshments as we celebrate a life well lived. Her ashes will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date. Evelyn was born on Oct. 10, 1936, to Clayton and Dorothy Eppler in Petoskey, Mich. She graduated from Petoskey High School in 1954, and then attended Ferris State in Michigan receiving an Associate of Arts degree. Evelyn moved to Denver, Colo., where she worked as a secretary prior to meeting her husband, Roger, on a blind date. They married on Feb. 10, 1962, and she became a full time homemaker raising their two children, Greg and Stephanie, taking them to various 4-H, school and sports activities. Evelyn attended the St. John United Methodist Church in Anchorage and was a member of the Alaska Homemakers Club, Flattop Forget-Me-Nots and served as secretary of the FCE council. She was one of several homemakers that spent countless hours planting and tending the flowers each summer that were planted in the median at the O'Malley road and Seward highway overpass. Evelyn was a master knitter, teaching knitting to 4-H kids as well as knitting prayer shawls for the St. John United Methodist prayer shawl ministry. She enjoyed cross country skiing, biking, camping, knitting and especially spending time with family. "Evelyn was deeply loved and will be greatly missed but her family will reunite with her when the Lord Jesus Christ calls the rest of us home," wrote the family. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Laureen Lamkin; and husband of 42 years, Roger Carpenter. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Jennifer Carpenter of Anchorage; grandchildren, Sarah and Garret Carpenter both of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Mike Hanson of Pahoa, Hawaii; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Bob Parker; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Arnie Wills both of Colorade; brother-in-law, Keith Lamkin of Michigan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Arrangements were by the Anchorage Funeral Home. Please visit Evelyn's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 30, 2015
Cristiani, Kathy Jo*  
Seward resident Kathy Jo Cristiani-Gillespie-McMaster, 54, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Seward, Alaska, on Aug. 25, 2015. A Celebration of her Life will be held on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Castle Cove, Lowell Point at 1 p.m., in Seward, Alaska. Kathy Jo was born on May 26, 1961, in Great Falls, Mont., where she attended Hellgate High School in Missoula, Mont. She moved to Alaska in 1982, where over the years she lived in Kodiak, Anchorage and in 1992, made her home in Seward. She was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, N.D., and was passionate about all things outdoors. Her family wrote, "Kathy was born at home in Great Falls, Mont., She was blessed with wonderful foster parents, Jeff and Nancy Birnbaum, in Missoula, Mont. Kathy was an avid outdoors person in both Montana and Alaska. She was the light of our lives and in the lives of many friends. Kathy is now with John, the love of her life, happy forever. We want to thank all of you who touched her life and helped form the wonderful person she became." Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, John Gillespie; grandmother, Josephine LaFromboise; mother, Ramona LaFromboise; and her father, John McMaster. She is survived by her brother, Ray Crain of Big Lake, Alaska; brother, Anthony Crisitiani-LaFromboise and Becky from Dunseith, N.D.; sister, Margie Cristiani-Johnson and Paul from Great Falls, Mont.; brother, Dean Cristiani and Mary from Dublin, Ohio; brother, Gary McMaster and Lynn from Conroe, Texas; brother, Jeff McMaster and Marcy from Provo, Utah; and her foster parents, Jeff and Nancy Birnbaum from Missoula, Mont. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that a donation in Kathy's name be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory, you are invited to visit Kathy's online obituary and guest book at www.AlaskanFuneral.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 28, 2015
Dargan, Lena Mae  
Lena Mae Dargan, 78, passed away in Anchorage, Alaska, on Aug. 14, 2015. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at Northside Seventh Day Adventist Church, 204 W 10th Avenue in Anchorage, at 10 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Full obituary to be published at a later date. Services are entrusted to Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Sept. 3, 2015
Dickey, Bradley W.*  
Go gently back to the ocean from which you were created and know you are missed. Bradley Wilfer Dickey was born to Adah Christiansen and Wilfer Dickey on Jan. 14, 1936, in Worthington, Minn. An accomplished lad from an early age, Brad was an Acolyte, a classical pianist, an Eagle Scout and he loved to show champion Tennessee walking horses throughout the Midwest. In 1957, Brad earned his pharmaceutical degree from the University of Colorado. Shortly afterwards he met and married Paula Schildhouer. Brad was a gifted entrepreneur. His first businesses were in Worthington; as a pharmacist he opened the Dickey Thrifty Drug. He also owned a mobile home park, Wagon Wheel Estates. He moved to Alaska in 1971. He first tested the business waters in Chugiak by partnering up with Thillman Wallace in the Klondike Concrete Company. After a short time he found one of his true gifts as a master home builder. He constructed more than 20 homes in three Eagle River subdivisions. In the 1980s, Brad began commercial fishing out of Homer. Partnering up with Jim Fetterly, they purchased The Sea Venture. They crabbed and long-lined until an unfortunate set of circumstances capsized The Sea Venture in February of 1992. Crew member Todd Jensen was lost. By heroic actions of another crew member, Tony Banco, Brad was spared. After his brush with death, Brad turned his focus to growing his seafood company Katch Seafood. Brad retired from the fast paced retail shop in 1997, turning again to building and remodeling rentals in Homer. Brad was a quiet soft-spoken man with a great sense of humor. Brad adored Paula, his wife of 52 years. He loved his family, friends, as well as traveling, gardening, cooking, hunting and fishing. Friends will remember his thrill of winning 10th place in the 2011 Homer winter king salmon tournament. Brad was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfer and Adah Dickey; his sister, Marilyn Dickey; his niece, Karoline Williams; his only son, Devon Wilfer Dickey in 2000; and his wife, Paula in 2011. Brad leaves behind his niece, Cindy Roy of St. George, Utah; and his nephew Steve Malmgren of Mesquite, Nev.; and their children as well as many good friends. Brad died on June 17, 2015, in an unexplained car crash.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 30, 2015
Ellibee, Don H.*  
Don H. Ellibee was born on July 4, 1969, in Preston, Idaho, and passed away on Aug. 26, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 after serving 20 1/2 years, serving his county in various conflicts throughout the world with one tour in Germany, his last tour being in Korea. Viewing will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel, 9475 E Colony Way in Palmer, Alaska, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., with services afterwards on Aug. 29, 2015. Burial will take place on Aug. 31, 2015, at the Veteran's Cemetery in Anchorage.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 29, 2015
Glafke, William B.*  
William "Bill" Bachelor Glafke Jr., passed away in his home in Eagle River, Alaska, on Aug. 25, 2015. Bill was born in Juneau, Alaska, on April 6, 1936. He enjoyed family, friends and, as a true Alaskan, the great outdoors. He served two years in the Army and 32 years as a foreman at the power plant on Fort Richardson. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judith Susan Glafke; his brother, Karl Voiles; and his children, Tracy Bolding, William Glafke, Kurt Glafke, Ivy Morris, Kathleen Lawyer, Michael Anderson and Jennifer Cizek; as well as 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Bill is preceded in death by his father, William B. Glafke Sr.; his mother, Lucile Saunders Glafke Voiles; and his sister, Marian Glafke Odden. The Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2015, at Witzleben Chapel, 1707 Bragaw in Anchorage, Alaska. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes Witzleben Chapel. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 28, 2015
Gosch, Anna L.*  
At 83 years old, Anna L. Gosch surprised the many people who loved her by passing from this world and starting her next great journey on Aug. 27, 2015. Those who knew her thought there would be one more game of Pinochle, one more game of Bingo, one more visit full of laughter. As she leaves behind so many who cared for her, she joins many who went before her, including 11 brothers and sisters. Born in Morgantown, W.V., on Sept. 8, 1931, Anna was one of 13 children born to Clark and Elsa Griffith. She is survived and remembered by her sister, Peg; her children, Skip Gosch and Dianna Klabunde; her grandchildren, Chance and Sierra Gosch, Krystal Anderson and Christopher Klabunde; and her great-grandchildren, Kylee and Kaelyn Anderson. A private service for the family was held on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Sept. 2, 2015
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