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Bolling, Allen K.*  
Allen Keith Bolling, 50, died on Jan. 11, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2015, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, located at 855 E 20th Avenue in Anchorage. Reverend Michael Bunton will officiate. Allen was born on June 16, 1964, in Columbus, Ga. He moved to Anchorage in 1974, and attended Bartlett High School. He worked for Builders Choice in shipping and receiving and operating equipment. He was a member of Greater Friendship Baptist Church. He enjoyed skiing, outdoor activities, dirt bikes, reading and cooking. Allen was a gifted athlete who excelled in any activity he partook in. He could always be seen with his compelling smile. Even in his last days, his strong spirit never wavered. He is preceded in death by his father, William Bolling; and his sister, Tina Bolling. Allen is survived by his mother, Juanita Bolling; four children, Kalina, Keanu, Kahlil and Kamilah; two grandchildren, Teilani and Kendrix; five brothers and sisters, Stanley, Donald, Steven, Sonja and Jaqueline; and six nieces and nephews. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Witzleben Funeral Home. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 18, 2015
Borges, David*  
On Jan. 22, 2015, David Michael Borges, age 57, went home to be with the Lord after a short illness, with his loving wife, Sandy, at his side. David was born on Jan. 13, 1958, in Oakland, Calif., to Lester and Rosemary Borges. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army and worked most of his life in the plumbing and construction field. He came to Alaska nine years ago, first to Fairbanks and then to Anchorage. He met Sandy on March 23, 2011, at Northern Lights Baptist Church. It was love at first sight for her. They married on Sept. 2, 2011, and were best friends and constant companions. David was an avid football, baseball and hockey fan, and also enjoyed bowling and shooting pool. His other interests included eating and sleeping. He was a member of Northern Lights Baptist Church and faithfully served on a bus ministry bringing children to church. David is survived by his wife, Sandy; his mother, Dolly; his son, David II; daughter-in-law, Jessica; daughter, Brittany; granddaughter, Shia; stepchildren, Stacy and Brad, Ben and Sara, Kelly and Erin; and their children, Brittany, Morgan, Lindsey, Heather, Kim, Lucy, Isla, Jemma, Jenna, Cody and Kelsey; along with many friends and family at Northern Lights Baptist Church, Lowes, and everywhere he went. David was a loving husband, father, G-Pa and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him. Services will be at Northern Lights Baptist Church 1120 E 13th Ave. in Anchorage, Alaska. Visitation will be at 11 a.m., with the service beginning at 12 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery on Ft. Richardson. Romans 8:38-39 KJV Arrangements were by Janssen Funeral Homes.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 25, 2015
Brooks, John A.*  
John Arthur Brooks was born on a farm in Columbus, Ohio. He married his wife, Melinda, in 1985, shortly after his second daughter was born. John was a military veteran and an active member of the IBEW. He enjoyed camping, fishing and calling his wife a cheater at board games. John held several jobs as an electrical mechanic, flying all over the state he loved and restoring power and fixing generators all over Alaska. John was a man who believed in hard work and sacrifice for his family. He passed at 6 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2015. He is survived by his widow, Melinda Brooks; and his two daughters, Angleica and Violet; along with his three beautiful grandchildren, Skye, Jayden and Jasmine. There will be a Celebration of Life ceremony at his daughter's home in Wasilla, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Please call the Alaska Cremation Society for further details. "We were all lucky to have known John Brooks."
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 24, 2015
Bruu, William (Bill)*  
William "Bill" Bruu passed away on Jan. 20, 2015, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband to Lillian for an amazing 52 years and an on-going role model for his daughters, Stacy, Sheri and Trisha; his grandchildren, Kristjan, Tory, Tait, Lindi, Maddie and Bekka; and his great-grandchild, Dakota. Bill was extremely fond of his Mat-Su Community and could often be found paying it forward in both small and large ways. Bill wanted to make Wasilla, Alaska, a better place to live for everyone. He was particularly proud of his service on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Platting board, where he served during a period of unprecedented growth. Bill's family invites you to share in remembering Bill at an informal memorial on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, anytime between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wasilla Heritage Chapel, located at 1015 South Check St. in Wasilla, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating your time or other resources to a Wasilla charity or community service.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 23, 2015
Byington, Howard "Bud"*  
Longtime Kasilof, Alaska, resident Mr. Howard "Bud" Michael Byington, 81, died on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Heritage Place in Soldotna, Alaska. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at The V.F.W. in Soldotna, on Birch Street. A reception and potluck will follow the service. An additional celebration of his life will be held on July 4, 2015, at the Byington Homestead in Kasilof. Mr. Byington was born on Aug. 20, 1933, in VanBuren, Mo. He graduated from high school and, soon after, he joined the U.S. Navy. In the late 1950s, he moved to Kasilof, where he homesteaded the property that he still owns. Bud fished commercially in the Alaskan waters before retiring in 2002. He was raised Roman Catholic, but was not currently attending a church. Bud was an avid reader and loved his vegetable garden. He is still chasing that elusive "BIG" rainbow trout. The family wrote, "We love him and will miss him very much," "Thank you Uncle Bud for having my back all these years," - Fred and, "Farewell our father," - Little Girl, Boy and Baby Girl. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters; and his wife, Cenie. Bud is survived by his sisters, Mary and Kay; children, Sandi, Johnny and Colleen; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; stepchildren; and many loving friends and neighbors. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit and sign Bud's online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Jan. 18, 2015
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