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Rogers, Kurt B.*  
Kurt Bradley Rogers, age 71, of Kenai, Alaska, passed away at his home on Monday, March 23, 2015. Kurt was born on Thursday, March 16, 1944, to Arnold and Elizabeth (Banwell) Rogers in Wyandotte, Mich. He graduated from high school in McCall, Idaho, in 1963, and from OIT in 1964, after which he served three tours in Vietnam and Thailand as a Navy Sea Bee. He moved to Alaska, in 1970, first living in Seldovia from 1970 until 1974. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1974, and lived there until his retirement from the State of Alaska DOT in 2006. Kurt enjoyed wood turning, hunting and fishing and was a member of the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. His family stated, "He was a great handy man and always had ideas on how to fix almost anything. He enjoyed building toys for children, especially his grandchildren. He loved the Lord and claimed Him as his savior and is at peace now." He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Elizabeth; and his brother, Kris Rogers. Kurt is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; son, Kory and wife, Rebecca of Anchorage; son, Keven; sister, Karyl and husband, Jim Fraser of Oregon; sister, Kimille Douglas of Washington; stepmother, Joanne Rogers of Arizona; brothers-in-law, Wayne and wife, Martha Alberda, Loren and wife, Charlon Alberda, Ken and wife, Ann Alberda and Jay and wife, Jane Alberda; sister-in-law, Thea and husband, Paul Bohannon; grandchildren, Lesley, Kadence, Corbyn and Karter Rogers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Committal service officiated by Bruce Hardesty will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Attendees are requested to meet at the front gate 30 minutes prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Kurt's name to Church of Nazarene Mission Fund. Please visit www.alaskanfuneral.com to sign Kurt's online guestbook.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 26, 2015
Schuerch, Anthony A.*  
Anthony Andrew Schuerch, known to most as Tony Schuerch, was born on Nov. 24, 1935, in Kiana, Alaska. He died of natural causes on March 14, 2015 in McMinnville, Ore., at age 79. Son of Pauline Mathilda Garbin and Lorenz Otto Schuerch Sr., he grew up in Kiana, Alaska, until the age of 13. For educational purposes, he was sent to live with relatives in Willamina, Ore. After graduating from high school and spending some time back at home in Kiana, he decided to join the U.S. Army. Though he was in the service only a few years, he was able to serve much of his time in Germany, becoming fluent in the language and making friends locally. After completing his military service, he returned to the states and found work near Grants, N.M., as an underground miner. Over the years he told his children many interesting stories of his time as a miner. Around this time he decided that he needed further education, so he enrolled in the New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology in Socorro, N.M. There he met Carolyn Sue Fleming and the two were married on Jan. 30, 1960, in Grants, N.M., a marriage that endured for over 55 years. Over the years they welcomed eight children into their family and lived in New Mexico, Washington, Alaska, and Utah, often more than once. Sometime around 1972, while living in Juneau, Alaska, Tony again decided that he needed to further his education, so that he could better serve those he loved. So, in the spring of 1973, he sold their new home, packed up his family, ferried and then drove all the way to Provo, Utah. He enrolled in Brigham Young University and over the new three years completed a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Education and earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum Writing. After graduation, he again packed up his family and moved back to Alaska, this time to his home in Kiana, and in Kotzebue. In the years that followed, he and Carol lived in Anchorage, Alaska, Albuquerque, N.M, then back to Anchorage and finally to McMinnville, Ore. In 1963, Tony and Carol became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served faithfully as a lay leader and an active member throughout the rest of his life. He was proud to be a Mormon and shared the Gospel with many people. He was never shy about showing love and providing service whenever he could, whether within his family or without. By word and example, he taught many the value of hard work, honesty and selfless service to others. Tony was preceded in death by his father; and mother; and by his brother, Jim Pendleton. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue (Fleming) Schuerch; uncle, Larry Westlake; brothers, Vincent Schuerch and Lorry Schuerch; and sister, Joy Pendleton; and children, Michael Anthony Schuerch, Matthew Steven Schuerch, John Lorenz Schuerch, Timothy Alan Schuerch, Patricia Sue Short, Rebecca Lynn Mason, Frieda Aleta Schuerch and Daniel Kimball Schuerch. He is also survived by more than 31 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Private services were held on March 18, 2015, in Dayton, Ore., with internment immediately following at Green Crest Memorial Park in Sheridan, Ore.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 24, 2015
Snedeker, Susan e.*  
Susan Elaine Snedeker, age 61, passed away on March 9, 2015, at her daughter's home in Juneau, Alaska. She experienced a short but courageous battle with lung cancer and lung disease. A service will be held on April 11, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska, at 4 p.m. Pastor Jonathan Rockey with officiate. A celebration of life potluck will be held afterwards at 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Palmer. Susan was born on May 17, 1953, in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Phoenix, Ariz. She moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1971, where she married John Hancock and had two daughters. After her marriage ended, Susan moved to Hope, Alaska, for many years. She lived in McCarthy, Eagle River and Willow, Alaska, throughout her lifetime. She always lived remote and loved her "Alaskan" lifestyle. She had many adventures including owning her own dog team, crossing the McCarthy River in a bucket and hauling her own water all while raising two young children on her own. Susan briefly remarried and gained a son, Robbie O'Brien. She worked at Carr Gottstein's for awhile and also as a flagger at Quality Asphalt and Paving. She had just retired last year. Susan always lived life on her own terms and loved her Alaska lifestyle. She always had large dogs that she loved as much as her children. Survivors include her daughters, Buffy Blais and Carly Thomas; son, Robbie O'Brien; and grandchildren, Logan Blais, Finley, Ian and Cullen O'Brien and Tripp, Walker and Tatum Thomas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to 1150 S Colony Way Ste. 3 #198 Palmer, AK 99645.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 25, 2015
Stewart, David E.*  
David "Shaky Dave" Earl Stewart passed away on March 9, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, from natural causes while surrounded by his family. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Roy Edward Stewart; mother, Cecilia McCalan; his wife, Barbara Stewart; and brothers, James, George and Donald Stewart. He is survived by his sister, Mary Jeanette Long; brother, Gerald Stewart; sons, Mitchell, James and Daniel; grandchildren, Melissa, Travis, Savannah and Ethan; step-grandchildren, Lisa, James, Scott, Stephanie, Alea, Christina, Nikolai, Steven and Briley; and daughters-in-law, Deborah and Kandi. Dave was born in 1937, to Roy and Cecilia Stewart in Dearborn, Mich. Dave joined the United States Army and served honorably overseas. After leaving the Army, Dave worked several jobs until being offered an opportunity to travel to Alaska in 1960. He never left Alaska. Upon arriving in Alaska, Dave sold cars in Anchorage for a short period. He then worked briefly in the Commercial Fishing Industry. Dave found his true calling when he went to work on the North Slope in the oil fields. His career spanned from being a roustabout, floor hand, motor man and fork lift operator. After retiring, Dave spent much time as a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4174, working to achieve the Eagle Motto, "People Helping People." His efforts ensured many in need received much needed help. Dad's true passion was his wife, Barbara, and his children and grandchildren. His love and support of his family was unconditional. Dave loved Jesus and is now with Him. "In Heaven there is a small western town nestled at the base of a misty mountain range. From the smoky canyons echoes the Marty Robbins song 'Big Iron.' Dad stands on main street, square shouldered, steely eyed, air pistol holster tight, air pistols saddled and at the ready, waiting for the next Texas Red. Dressed in the finest western fashion, Mom walks to the center of the street smiling shaking her head ... Good luck, Dad!" There will be a celebration of life held at the Peters Creek Eagles 4174, located in Peters Creek, Alaska, at 20808 Bill Stephens Way (next to the Chevron Station), on March 28, 2015, at 4 p.m.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 20, 2015
Taua'ese, Seufagafaga V.*  
Seufagafaga Taua'ese was called home by our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, after his courageous battles with kidney and heart failures at St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Seufagafaga, 75, was born on Aug. 10, 1939, in Fagatogo, American Samoa. Survived by: the love of his life, Su'eina Luavalu Auauna Taua'ese; loving father of To'imoana, Paul, Darlene, Daniel, Bonnie, Apollo (Luisa), Dorothy (Jerome), Bernard (Raelynn), Leata, Elisa (Richard), Su'eina II (Viliamu), Adrienne, Easter (Christopher), Ve'a II (Shelby), Valentino (Kristi), Vaimoe (Apialofi) and Caitlyn; proud grandfather to 47 grandchildren; his brother, Malouamaua Taua'ese; and sister, Taumalatou Meredith; and further survived by nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many close friends. Seufagafaga was preceded in death by his sons, Patrick and David. Seufagafaga will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a generous and loving father, humble servant of God, distinguished educational motivator and champion of wise remarks. Throughout his struggles with kidney and heart failures, Seufagafaga proved he was a fighter. He wasn't afraid of dying because he believed in everlasting life through Jesus Christ. His legacy will live on with his wisdom, guidance and faith in God. We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to the remarkable medical professionals that provided care for Seufagafaga and a lot of consideration for the family. Thank you to the staff at Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Providence Senior Care Center and St. Elias Specialty Hospital. The kindness and compassion shown not only to Seufagafaga, but to his family will never be forgotten. Thank you so much family and friends for your love, prayers and support during this difficult time. A Family Memorial Service will be held on March 27, 2015, at 5 p.m. Last respects will be held on March 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. Both services will be at the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa/Alaska #1, located at 3929 Mountain View Drive in Anchorage, Alaska. Arrangements were by Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 22, 2015
Upton, Frederick G.*  
Frederick "Fred" G. Upton Jr., 67, passed away on Jan. 13, 2015, in Springfield, Mo., after battling multiple illnesses over the past several years. Fred unselfishly donated his body to Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis, Tenn. He left his home to Habitat for Humanity. Fred was born on Jan. 4, 1948, in California, the son of the late Frederick Upton and Mary "Penny" (Wnuk) Upton. Fred graduated high school in 1966, and briefly held a job at a Ford dealership before coming home one day and telling his parents he was moving to Alaska, even though he had never been there. Fred moved to Alaska in the early 1970s and lived there for the next 25 years. He worked for the Alaska Railroad and FAA before pursing his love of flying. He flew individuals and freight all over the state of Alaska for may years. His tales of these adventures brought a smile to many long time Alaskans. Fred entered the Forest Fire Fighting Flying world and quickly made a name for himself all over the Northwest. Fred continued to pursue his love of flying until health problems began to limit his flying abilities. Fred moved to Buffalo, Mo., in 1996, bought a large piece of property and began building a home that was somewhat reminiscent of his cabin in Alaska; he later moved to a home within the city limits of Buffalo. Fred worked as a Design Specialist at Ground Source Systems, Inc. for 13 years before retiring in 2013. Fred was a very private and independent man. He was incredibly loyal to those he called friends and will be greatly missed. Fred is survived by his mother, Mary "Penny" Upton; and sister, Tina Beard, both of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Jim Upton and Elaine of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews. No memorial service is planned.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 22, 2015
VanLaningham, Lee*  
Alvin "Lee" Van Laningham of Sequim, Wash., entered peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus on March 20, 2015, with family at his side. Lee was born on Dec. 26, 1929, to Mildred and Harry Lee Van Laningham of Bruce, S.D. He graduated from Everett High School in 1948 1/2. During the Korean conflict, Lee served in the United States Army and was trained in fixed station and radio repair, actively serving in Hokkaido, Japan, repairing and maintaining equipment used for intercepting Soviet military communications. On Nov. 5, 1954, Lee married his "Sweetie," Jeanne Oliver, in Everett, Wash. They had many adventures together raising their four children. "He was Mr. Wonderful," says his wife, Jeanne. His children marvel over how creative, fun and loving a father he was - their "go to man." Lee attended Western Washington University and the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Arts in education as well as a Master of Education Administration, holding the positions of teacher and principal at Forest Crest, Edmonds and Beverly Elementary Schools in Edmonds, Wash., North Star Elementary and Willow Crest Elementary in Anchorage, Alaska, and teaching at Soldotna and Tustamena Elementary schools on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. He served as president of the Principal's Association while in Anchorage. The most important thing in Lee's life was his faith and relationship with his Lord Jesus. He joyfully served Him through teaching Sunday school, singing in church choirs, church leadership and various ministries including the Board of Directors of Solid Rock Bible Camp in Soldotna, Alaska, where he helped build some of the facilities. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne of Sequim Wash.; son, Nathan Van Laningham of Sequim, Wash.; daughters, Renee Van Laningham of Silver City, N.M., Michelle Campbell and husband, Mark of Chugiak, Alaska, and Janine Espy and husband, Roy of Kenai, Alaska; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Lee's family will be celebrating his life privately with family, friends and neighbors sharing stories and eating ice cream. Lee will be laid to rest with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Solid Rock Bible Camp, 36251 Solid Rock Road, Soldotna, Alaska 99669.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 25, 2015
Wieskamp, Annie M.*  
Annie Mary (Kosbruk) Wieskamp, 66, passed away in her sleep after a yearslong battle with cancer, early in the morning, on March 7, 2015. She was born in Perryville, Alaska, to Ralph and Oleana Phillips on Feb. 10, 1949. She loved to crochet, knit, play bingo, watch her TV shows, work on jigsaw puzzles and crosswords and spend time with her family and two cats. One of her favorite things to do was to knit socks for everyone. It was normal to see her sitting in her chair, knitting away and talking about how she needed to make socks for someone. She also loved to attempt to teach the Alutiiq language to her children, laughing when they would mangle the words. She leaves behind her former husband, Andronic Kosbruk Sr.; children, Andronic "A.J." Kosbruk Jr. and Millie Taylor; goddaughter, Stephanie Husted; grandchildren, Rachel, Shilah, Martina, Deanna, Ralph Jr., Reed, Donovan Jr., Thomas, Arvilla and Bianca; cats, Widduh and Squishy (Squeakers); and sister, Effie. She also leaves behind several great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins. She goes to join her parents, Ralph and Oleana; brothers, Tommy, Alec and David; sister, Eleanor; children, Juliana, Ralph Sr., Melvin and Phillip; and great-grandson, Blair. Mom, Big Momma, Brown Gramma, Gramma, Ann, Auntie, she went by many names and was special to many people. In Alutiiq, there really is no word for goodbye. This is not goodbye, but tang'rciqamken: see you later. The service will be held at Witzleben Funeral Home, Bragaw Chapel, 1707 S Bragaw St. in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 27, 2015, at 6 p.m., with a potluck immediately after. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations of yarn or hats be made to the ANMC Infusion Center.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Mar. 20, 2015
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