Terry Fillingim

Long time Alaska resident, Terry R. Fillingim, age 82, passed away on November 14, 2013 at home with his partner at his side.

Terry requested that no services be held. His body was cremated and the ashes will be scattered in Resurrection Bay.

Terry was born in Anaconda, MT on January 27, 1931. His parents were Roy and Virginia Fillingim. He was the eldest of two boys.

In 1945, Terry's father decided to move to Alaska to work for the Alaska Railroad in Seward. The family traveled to Seattle and stayed with relatives while Roy went ahead to find housing. A month later they boarded an Alaska Steamship vessel for the five day trip to Seward.

Seward in the 40's was a great place to be a boy. Terry and friends hunted, fished and prowled the areas around Resurrection Bay. Terry graduated from Seward High School in 1948 and continued working in Seward.

The start of the Korean War in 1950, knowing he was about to be drafted into the Army, Terry and a friend took off for Seattle where they enlisted in the Navy.

Terry served in the Navy for four years during which time his ship provided supplies throughout the South Pacific was part of the task force that supplied the Bikini Atoll. His ship was 250 miles away when the hydrogen bomb was detonated.

In 1953 Terry married Mary Rex and together they had four children. This marriage ended in divorce. Terry and the children remained in central California for ten years. In 1965 the family moved back to Seward, AK, where Terry was hired as an officer at the Seward Police Department.

In 1966 Terry applied to the Alaska State Troopers and Terry and Norma Beam were married. For the next seven years Terry was posted in Juneau, Palmer, Naknek and Anchorage, where Norma unexpectedly passed away.

Terry and Sandra Fillingim were married in 1974 and Terry transferred to the Criminal Investigation Bureau working in the White Collar Crime Unit. He retired as a T/Sgt.

After a year of retirement Terry was approached to take charge of Purcell Security, which provided security on the North Slope and subsequent security for the Exxon Oil Spill.

In 1989 Terry retired for good. He and Sandra spent their time travelling around Alaska and the Lower 48. Terry always had projects and spent countless hours in his shop.

Ill health and the death of his wife, Sandra, in 2009 caused Terry to slow down. However, he and his partner, Jacqueline Armstrong, were able to make several more trips.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Jerry Fillingim; wife Norma; daughter Patricia Strawn; daughter Theresa Fillingim; and his wife Sandra.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Margaret Johns and partner, Dennis Turner of Seward, AK; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Linda Fillingim of Longmont, CO; grandson, James Jenkins of New York City; granddaughter, Shannon Strawn of Plains, MT; niece, Jennifer Steele and partner, Brian Elliot of Anchorage, AK; great-niece, Sarah Bang of Anchorage, AK; great-nephew, Aaron and Damon Griffith; and partner, Jacqueline Armstrong of Anchorage.

Arrangements are with Janssen Funeral Homes.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2013