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Andrew, Jan Raymond*  
Jan Raymond Andrew, 90, of Chugiak, Alaska, passed away in Anchorage, Alaska, at Providence Extended Care on April 22, 2015. Jan was born on March 8, 1925, in Charleston, S.C. He was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honored by the military with the Victory Medal for World War II, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon. Jan lived in California, Hawaii, and Missouri, settling in Alaska in 1959, where he homesteaded land outside of what was then the Village of Wasilla. He was a longtime member of Saint Andrew Parish in Eagle River, Alaska. Jan began his working life as a newspaper boy for the Los Angeles Times and eventually became the newspaper's circulation manager. After his years of military service he was the circulation manager for the Anchorage Times, a bartender for the "World Famous 'I' Bar" and a security officer on the North Slope. Jan loved to share his stories about life with the young and old alike. His family and friends state, "Once in a while you find a friend who'll be a friend forever - Once in a while a friend is found who's a friend right from the start - Once in a while a friendship's made that really warms the heart - Once is a while a friendship's formed to last a lifetime through - It really does happen, just once in a while - - It happened to me and you!" Jan is survived by his children, Karen, Larry, Maureen, Christine, Marc, Jeffrey and Colleen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; and daughter, Kathleen. A small service will be held at Saint Andrew Parish in Eagle River sometime during the week of May 4 - 8, 2015. A full service will take place in the fall of this year at Saint Catherine Parish at Kapaa, Kauai Hawaii, where Jan will be laid to rest with his wife, Pat. Services are entrusted to Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 28, 2015
Anthony, Salm*  
Anthony James Salm, "Tony," joined the saints in Heaven on April 22, 2015, while visiting Arizona friends. Tony was born on Sept. 25, 1956, in New London, Wis., the ninth son and eleventh child of Gilbert and Ellen (Mattson) Salm. He was raised on farms in Stephensville and West DePere, Wis., and was a great help to his parents on their dairy operation throughout his youth. He graduated from West DePere High School in 1975. As a young person, Tony was full of enthusiasm for life and was known for his strength and his mechanical and problem solving abilities. He developed great skills as a hunter and fisherman over the years. Enlisting in the army at 20 years old allowed Tony to both mature and enjoy tremendous adventures. Throughout his service, he was stationed in Alaska. He grew to love this wild country and chose to live there the rest of his life. Tony had a very successful career as a diesel mechanic on Alaska's North Slope in Prudhoe Bay and for the Red Dog lead mine in Kotzebue, Alaska. His home was in Big Lake, just north of Anchorage, Alaska. The incredible Alaskan locale allowed him to operate a halibut fishing boat, own a gold mine and engage in wild game hunting throughout the region. Tony remained a bachelor all his life but was very well connected to family and friends, particularly his mother and father. Whenever Tony came home, there was a reason for a party. He was very charismatic and everywhere he went he made life-long friends quickly and easily. Tony was especially fond of his 39 nieces and nephews and did not hesitate to express his love and care for them. He was especially mindful of those who struggled and needed a helping hand. Tony will always be remembered for his great laugh, his sense of humor and his incredible storytelling. His ability to weave a story bringing people and places to life was an amazing gift. Tony was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, David; niece, Jennifer; and sisters-in-law, Barb and Carol. He will be dearly missed by his brothers, Nicholas (Jeanette), Gilbert (Carole), Joseph (Marcia), Peter (fiance Peggy), Victor (Lin), Christopher (Susan) and Mark (Brenda); and sisters, Anne (Larry Headrick), Ellen (Larry Vogels) and Rose (Robert Westbury). He is also survived by 38 nieces and nephews; and 71 great-nieces and nephews. He leaves behind many loving friends; his dog, Savage; and the many other strays he collected throughout his life. Visitation with the family is scheduled from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N Webster Avenue, De Pere, Wis. Tony's brothers and sisters invite you to a celebration of his life at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 220 S Michigan St., De Pere, Wis., on Friday, May 1, 2015, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to the start of the Christian Funeral Service at 11 a.m. A lunch will take place afterwards at the church. Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Stephensville at 3 p.m. A memorial will be established in Tony's name. Tony's family wants to express appreciation to Dr. Cooney for her care and medical service to Tony. We also want to express appreciation to all of Tony's many friends in Alaska and the world.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 28, 2015
Avery, Jeffrey L.*  
Jeffrey "Jeff" Lin Avery, 57, passed away suddenly while visiting family in Boise, Idaho, on April 12, 2015. Jeff was born in Council, Idaho. He lived a few years in Boise and then moved to Petersburg, Alaska, with his family in 1966. While attending school in Petersburg, Jeff wrestled on the wrestling team and also enjoyed playing saxophone in the high school band. Jeff graduated from Petersburg High in 1975. After graduation, Jeff went to work as an oiler/ mechanic on the Alaska Pipeline. Jeff eventually moved to Kotzebue, Alaska. While in Kotzebue, Jeff met and married Jacqueline M. Nelson. It was with great pleasure that Jeff adopted Jackie's first born son, Jason Corey Avery. Jeff and Jackie later had two children together, Matthew Kale Avery and Tiffany Joyce (Marino) Avery. Later, in Arizona, Jeff met and married Christine (Powers) Avery and eventually moved back to Alaska in 1998, where he lived for his remaining years. Jeff loved Christine for the vibrant woman she is. Jeff was a dedicated father and also mentored many of his children's friends. He was fun-loving and a known prankster. Jeff had many interests such as flying, hunting, fishing, golfing, cooking and he loved to barbecue for friends and family. Jeff also had a great love for animals, especially dogs. He was an accomplished and sought after Heavy Equipment Mechanic throughout his life. Jeff also held an A&P Mechanics license and was celebrated for finishing in the high percentile of his class. Jeff's presence will be greatly missed by many. With the sudden and tragic loss of Jeff we remain steadfast to preserving his spirit by remembering the sound of his laughter and the happy loving memories that he blessed us with. Jeff is survived by his wife, Christine Avery; his children, Jason, Matthew and Tiffany; his grandchildren, Tiffany and Jaylyn Avery, Jake Mason and Corey Marino; his parents, Corinna (Joyce) Avery and William "Bill" Avery along with his wife, Nancy; and his sisters, Susan (Avery) Altig and Sally Avery. Jeff also has numerous cousins; nieces; and nephews. Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents; and uncles, James and Gene Avery. A service was held in Boise, Idaho with family and friends at the Cloverdale Funeral Home on April 16, 2015. There will be a celebration of life ceremony for Jeff in Alaska at a later date.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 29, 2015
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