Seraphim "Slim" Stephan Sr. (1935 - 2018)

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Seraphim "Slim" Stephan Sr. was born on Dec. 27, 1935, in Tyonek, Alaska, to Terry Stephan of Kenai, Alaska, and Alexandria Stephan of Kroto Creek, Alaska. He had three brothers and four sisters. He grew up living a subsistence lifestyle of hunting and fishing.
Slim graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in the late '50s. He made many friends throughout his life. Two of his best buddies from those days are Francis Williams and Bill Stevens. He attended the BIA relocation program in Chicago, Ill., where he met and married Selina Doris (Bradford) Joshua. They had two daughters and four sons, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Slim was involved with the Native Village of Tyonek IRA Council and the Tyonek Native Corporation for over 50 years, serving as a board mentor after retiring in 2005. He was involved with the Native Village of Tyonek when they traveled back and forth to Washington, D.C., during the early stages of AFN. He was there to do the TNC land selections and was fortunate to help finish the deficiency land entitlement.
His grandmother, Natalia, adopted four orphaned girls when he was younger. They would play music and have Slim take turns dancing with them. This created his love for dancing. He ensured that Anchorage area had a fiddle association.
Slim did a lot of traveling up and down the highway during the '60s and '70s, making lasting friendships statewide, including the Kenai, Ahtna, and interior regions.
He conveyed to his daughter the last few years that "he was happy and lived a good life."
Slim is preceded in death by his parents, Terry and Alexandria; brothers, Terry Jr., Abraham and Walter Stephan; sisters, Elizabeth Baker, Evelyn Merryman and Isabelle Davis; and sons, Seraphim Jr., Wesley and Benjamin Stephan.
Slim is survived by his daughter, Michaelene (Nial Masuda) Stephan; son, Robert (Jenny) Stephan; grandchildren, Billy (Susan) Stephan, Toni Bismark, Bradford, Sally, Robert (Christy), Wesley, Leona, Seraphim III Stephan, Brian and Nial Masuda Jr.; great-grandchildren, Helen, Ciara and Sharon Bismark, Kalub Constance, Donovan, Brianna, Selena, Stephanie and Sonja Stephan and Mateo Masuda; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.
Thank you to his health providers at the Alaska Native Medical Center; Southcentral Foundation; and his two caregivers, Marty Stephan and Annabell Goozmer; the Native Village of Tyonek; Tyonek Native Corporation; and the Tebughna Foundation.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 17, 2018