Elmer Nayokpuk Avessuk (1935 - 2017)

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Elmer Nayokpuk Avessuk was born on Nov. 1, 1935, in Shishmaref, Alaska. He was the first of 13 born of Glenna Seetomona. Elmer departed this earthly home in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.
A memorial service will be held at the Alaska Native Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova Street in Anchorage, with viewing at 1 p.m., and service at 2 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. A potluck and singsperation will immediately follow.
Elmer Avessuk lived in Shishmeraf, Nome, Barrow and Anchorage. Elmer served in the U.S. Army for the 114th infantry as a paratrooper from 1957-1963, stationed in Beirut, Lebanon and Germany. Elmer was a certified iron worker for Iron Workers Union of Alaska, Local 751, and was also an established Native artist. He worked on many construction sites throughout Alaska, notably the trans-Alaska pipeline.
Elmer met and married his wife, Mary Ann Avessuk, in 1974, then became father to Susan "Cookie" Hope and David Diekow. Elmer devoted his life to his wife, children and extended family, and was very close to his mother, Glenna Seetomona. His family will remember him as a loving, gentle giant, always smiling and uplifting others with prayer and friendly humor. Elmer had a strong faith in the Lord, often praying for family and friends during his visits with them.
Elmer enjoyed reading his bible, going to church, visiting with family and friends, buying new cars, carving native arts, fishing and hunting. Elmer loved taking his family fishing and camping. He was always busy making nets and dipnets for family and friends. Elmer was very outgoing and will be missed by all who knew him.
He leaves behind his family: daughter, Susan Hope; son, David Diekow; brothers, Stephen and Coolidge Seetomona; sisters, Lorena, and Marilyn Seetomona, Harriet Cutshall, Janet Dotomain, Mariann Davis and Pauline McHale; sisters-in-law, Viola and Linda Seetomona, Margaret Glastetter, Genelle Patkotak-Okpeaha, Marcy Patkotak and Ethel Simmonds; brothers-in-law, Taaqpak Kittick, Michael, Simeon Jr. and Crawford Patkotak; grandchildren, Robin Sanford, Jarid Hope and Nicole Davic; and great-grandchildren, Danae Chris, O'Rion Sanford and David Davic; along with many nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Avessuk; mother, Glenna Seetomona; stepfather, Tommy Seetomona; siblings, Raymond, Harriet, Kiatcha, Max, Charles and Eda Seetomona; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Susan and Simeon Patkotak; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arnold Kittick, Elaine and Pearletha Patkotak.
The family of Elmer Nayokpuk Avessuk wishes to express sincere appreciation to the family and friends for all of their support and caregiving during his final days, including all of the medical staff. May God Bless each of you!
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 10, 2017