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Chastain, Wendy L.*  
Wendy Lorraine Chastain was called home by our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 9, 2015, at the young age of 44, in Anchorage, Alaska. Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Legacy Witzleben Chapel, located at 1707 S Bragaw Street in Anchorage. Wendy was born on Dec. 16, 1970, at Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, Md. Wendy lived in Washington, D.C.; Azores, Portugal; Las Vegas, N.V.; Tampa, Fla.; San Antonio, Texas; Carlsbad, Calif.; and Anchorage, Alaska. Wendy enjoyed Coca-Cola Slurpees from Seven-Eleven, reading, writing, music, singing, movies, dancing, cooking, arts and crafts, playing jokes on people, laughing and having a good time. While at Judson High School (1988 and 1989), Wendy was on the school newspaper, where she covered sports and had a regular column of "Where Are They Now." Wendy was published in a monthly magazine on Texas sharpshooters husband and wife duo, Toepperwein, and an article on a local "Haunted House" in the Herald newspaper. She had attended San Antonio Community college and Texas State University. Wendy had a great imagination and sense of humor. She was a caring and fun loving person who would give you the shirt off her back, but would also offer you a piece of her mind if she didn't agree with you. If you were lucky enough to be her friend, there were no limits Wendy wouldn't go to to help you in your time of need. Wendy once took off from work, drove 200 miles one way, picked up a friend and children and brought them back to San Antonio and safety. Wendy will be greatly missed! Wendy is survived by her parents, Joseph D. and Inez E. (Beth) Chastain of Universal City, Texas, and Gayle Herman of Las Vegas N.V.; grandma, Inez Stephens of Thomson, Ga.; sister, Nicole Paradis of Las Vegas, N.V.; and uncle, Stephen J. Chastain and wife, Bobbi of North Readington Beach, Fla. Our family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thank you to the Anchorage Medical Examiner's office (Whitney, Melissa and Liz), the Anchorage Police Department (Captain Bill Miller and Sergeant Mike Couturier), Legacy Funeral Home (James Jones, Joe Goodman and Bonnie Jones) and Winter Woods Apartments (Mike Schader) for helping our family with our loss. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Ford, Curt R.*  
Curt R. Ford, age 62, passed away unexpectedly at home in Post Falls, Idaho, on April 29, 2015. Curt was the son of the late Robert Ford and Phyllis Ford. He was born on May 16, 1952, in Maple Valley, Wash. Curt is survived by the love of his life, best friend and wife of 27 years, Sabrina; and his beloved dog, Tucker. He was dad to Angee (Mike) Brown and Behn (Marta) Johnson, who live in Seattle, Wash. He is also survived by his mom, Phyllis Merlini of Maple Valley, sister, Cheryl (Gary) Douglas, who lives in Arizona, niece Cyndi Jernstrom of Big Lake, Alaska and nephew Craig (Amy) Young who lives in Maple Valley. Curt never met a stranger. He brought smiles and made many friends with his outgoing personality and wonderful sense of humor. Among his numerous interests, he most enjoyed camping, boating and fishing. He was a man of strength and spirit. Curt will be greatly missed. English Funeral Chapel in Post Falls is handling the arrangements and service. The service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 1 p.m. Please view and sign Curt's online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com . Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association www.heart.org .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Fowler, Ramona E. "Jonny"  
Ramona E. "Jonny" Fowler, 79, passed away on April 29, 2015, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. Ramona was born on March 29, 1936, in Mulvane, Kan. A visitation will be held at noon, with a service at 1 p.m., on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street in Anchorage, Alaska. Ramona will be laid to rest at the Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Kirsch, Michael Eugene  
Michael Eugene Kirsch, 39, passed away in Homer, Alaska, April 11, 2015. Services will take place in July. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home, Heritage Chapel at Angelus.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Nielson, Kai P.*  
Kai, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, came to the United States of America at 2-and-a-half years old from Denmark through Ellis Island with his parents and sister. He was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. Kai served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne during WWII. His decorations were Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He worked two years as an engineer in Liberia designing the building of the road from Monrovia to Zorzor. He caught malaria and returned home to New York. Kai came to Alaska, in 1957, on vacation and never left. He was a charter member of St. Marks Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. He homesteaded 160 acres in South Fork of Eagle River, Alaska. Kai retired from FAA as a Sr. Illustrator, worked on the building of the pipeline from beginning to completion as Sr. Illustrator for Alyeska Pipeline and worked as Sr. Illustrator for BLM overseeing what he had done for Alyeska. He enjoyed four summers running the ships store for Peter Pan Seafood in Port Mole, Alaska. Kai has lived the last 33 years on Lazy Mountain outside of Palmer. Kai enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, snow-machining and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Georgianna; daughters, Robbin Eychaner of Wasilla, Alaska, and Kim Duncan of Big Lake, Alaska; son, Kurk Nielson of Eagle River; son-in-law, Jeff Duncan; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The graveside service will be held on May 7, 2015, at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at 3 p.m. Please arrive at the Arctic Valley gate 30 minutes early, to be escorted through base.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Paulsen, William E.*  
William Ernest Paulsen, 71, died on April 20, 2015, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. on May 18, 2015, at VFW Post 10252, 3105 Mountain View Drive in Anchorage. Bill was born on April 29, 1943, in Owen, Wis., to Ernest and Elizabeth Paulsen. He attended high school in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1960, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as a bomb and ordinance technician until 1964. He came to Alaska in 1999, making Anchorage his home and started a truck driving job, where he stayed until he retired in 2010. He was an active member and volunteer of VFW Post 10252. He enjoyed fishing, fishing and fishing. Throughout the years Bill has touched many lives. He was the life of the party and always good for a laugh. He had two loves in life; one was his family and he would do anything for them, second only to family was his love for fishing. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his sister, Betty-Ann Harden of Des Moines, Iowa; sons, Bill Paulsen Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, Terry Paulsen of Elk River, Minn., and Daniel Paulsen of Elk River, Minn.; and a host of nieces; nephews; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and lots of friends. A celebration of life will be held in Minnesota at a later date. His ashes will be spread at a favorite fishing spot at that time. 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 May 3, 2015
Powlas, Marie*  
Longtime Anchorage resident Mrs. Marie T. Powlas, 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Anchorage, Alaska, after a battle with cancer on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Private family services will be held. Marie was born on Sept. 20, 1930, and was a high school graduate. She had worked at the Hospital Snack Bar at the Elmendorf Air Force Base from May 1971 until retiring in January 1979. She received a Certificate of Achievement for her improvement of the Snack Bar while she had worked there. Marie loved to play Bingo and slot machines, cards and board games with family and friends. The family wrote, "She was loved by many for her kind and generous heart. She loved spending time with family and friends. She also loved traveling if it didn't involve flying." Marie was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lindsey Muncie. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Hyson A. Powlas of Anchorage; son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Galina Powlas of Palmer, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Bridgette and John Draper of Palmer, Alaska; grandson, Ryan Powlas of Wasilla, Alaska; brother-in-law, Floyd Powlas of Green Bay, Wis.; sister-in-law, Wanita Cornelius of Oneida, Wis.; and niece- and nephew-in-law, Jim and Cheryl Christensen of Depere, Wis. A very heartfelt thank you to our team at Providence Hospice and HomeWell Senior Care for all things, no matter how small, that you did for the family and our mother, it was so appreciated. Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home. Please visit Marie's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Stackhouse, Gregory H.*  
Gregory H. Stackhouse, 56, of Wasilla, Alaska, died on April 17, 2015, after battling lung cancer. A devoted son and brother, Gregory was the full-time guardian and caretaker of his mother for the past 12 years. We will struggle to live up to the example he set in his dedication to caring for his family. Gregory was born on Dec. 28, 1958, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He attended Stonewall Jackson high school in Manassas, Va., where he was a member of the football team. A resident of Alaska for more than 35 years, Gregory became a black belt in taekwondo and completed numerous college courses and certifications. Gregory is survived by his mother, Eleanor Stackhouse of Wasilla; and brother, Vance E. Stackhouse. He was preceded in death by his father, Boyce Stackhouse of Washington, D.C. He will be missed by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and other family members. In remembrance of Gregory, donations may be made to: American Cancer Society. Donate at www.cancer.org .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Walker, Ted E.*  
Ted Edwin Walker, age 54, of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, unexpectedly left this world for a better one on April 5, 2015, but his trademark wittiness and larger-than-life persona will never be forgotten by those he left behind. His spirit is carried on by his much-adored and adoring wife of 26 years, Gina; his five children, Michelle (Delt), Bonnie (Danny), TJ (Felecia), Cassidey, and Prestan (Melissa); his parents, Henry and Dorothy; three grandchildren, Parker, Reighan and Zachary; and many other family and friends too numerous to mention, but always loved and remembered. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Felix and Birdie Mae Dozier. Ted despised cold weather, baggy britches, being indoors, rap music, politics and reality TV shows. He had many, many loves; however, his primary love was his wife, whom he passionately and shamelessly cherished (and couldn't keep his hands off of). He also dearly loved and was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren. Ted was also fond of hot weather, snug-fitting Levi's 501 button-fly jeans worn with his granddaddy's cowboy boots, outdoor activities, his wife's cooking (especially her stuffed shells, chicken bog, chili, and deviled eggs), gummy bears, sci-fi and horror flicks and classic TV shows and movies. Captain Kirk, Ben Cartwright, Detective Colombo, Ben Matlock and Marshall Matt Dillon were some of his heroes, as was Clint Eastwood, whose Spaghetti Western marathons he remained fastidiously glued to whenever they aired (much to his wife's chagrin), with nary a bathroom break. Although he had a heart of gold and was generous almost to a fault, Ted was known for his lack of patience as well as his knack for telling it like it is. What he lacked in stature, he compensated for with an over-abundance of feistiness combined with just the right amount of charm and charisma to have left this life without any enemies (at least according to him). It didn't hurt that he was extremely good-looking, to boot (also according to him, but totally corroborated by his wife). With Ted's fondness for art, decorating, fine jewelry, gardening, antiquing, dancing, cooking and jazz music, not to mention that he was always meticulously well-groomed, smelled great and worked for many years as a hairdresser, people frequently assumed that he played for the same team, which he embraced whole-heartedly because he loathed our society's need to define and label people. He was completely comfortable in his own skin and cared only what his family thought of him (which was lots and lots). As a born and bred West Texan (Robert Lee), Ted was looking forward to retiring with his wife to his home state. He dearly missed the wide open spaces and the slow paced life, not to mention two-stepping, blue bonnets, Tex-Mex food and his family. Like the true cowboy that he was at heart, Ted departed this life in much the same way that he lived it - with a (perplexing) bang, and he wouldn't have had it any other way. To quote Winston Churchill, "He was a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Everyone who remembers Ted is asked to celebrate his life in their own way, perhaps by enjoying a cold beer and sharing a memorable anecdote about him, or by doing an unexpected act of kindness for someone in his memory (and then enjoying a cold beer). Either way, he was thrilled to have known you and he looks forward to catching up with you (perhaps over a cold beer) on the other side.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Wieskamp, Annie  
Annie Wieskamp, 66, passed away on March 7, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, located at 535 E 9th Avenue in Anchorage. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Witzleben Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
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