Terrance T. Hoefferle (1946 - 2015)

Obituary
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Long time Bristol Bay, Alaska, resident Terry Hoefferle passed from our sight on Sept. 3, 2015, at his home in Palmer, Alaska, surrounded by family. He was 69 years old. A Celebration of Life and Alaska Soul Food Potluck will be held on Oct. 14, 2015, at Port View Banquet Hall, 333 W 4th Ave. in Anchorage, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. People are invited to come share stories and renew their connections to Terry and the people he loves. Terry was born on Aug. 6, 1946, in Ontonagon, Mich., to Henry and Nonnie Hoefferle. He attended college at Michigan State University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and a Masters Degree in Business. Terry journeyed to Alaska in 1972, to help a friend rebuild a cabin outside of Fairbanks that had been destroyed by fire. A long Alaska summer was all it took: He never left. In his many years of public service in Alaska, Terry worked as an instructor at the University of Alaska, Kuskokwim Community College and the Division of Rural Education and as Local Government Specialist with the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs in Bethel. After a year's sabbatical in India and Nepal in 1977, Terry worked as a planner for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation (1978-1979) and as a Professional Assistant to Representative Henry Springer (D-Nome) for the 1987 legislative session in Juneau. It was there that Terry met and married Ginger Baim, his wife of 30 years, in 1985. In 1990, Terry and his growing family moved to Dillingham, Alaska, where he served as the Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Native Association (1990-2005) and for Nunamta Aulukestai (2007-2010). Terry and Ginger moved to Palmer in 2014, to be closer to Ginger's family. Throughout his life, Terry was a passionate advocate for Alaska's first people and for the protection and preservation of Alaska's lands and waters, two things he believed to be irrevocably entwined. He had been a commercial fisherman in the Bering Sea and the Yukon and was a life-long Subsistence Hunter and Fisher. He worked intensively on both a professional and personal level to promote a moratorium on off-shore drilling and opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay. He served on the board of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council from 2006-2014 and on numerous political, non-profit and community organizations dedicated to these common goals. In his life's work, Terry considered himself the most humble of servants although he admitted to occasions where his humility could have been more robust. Terry's family wrote, "Terry's immense kindness, compassion and commitment to family and community is an inspiration to the people who have the pleasure of knowing him. He was a class act all the way." Terry is survived by his wife, Ginger Baim; brother and sister-in-law, Mick and Sheila Hoefferle of Ontonagon, Mich.; his five children, Angelique Anderson, Kiana Putman, Nicholai Hoefferle, Aurora Hoefferle and Lauren Rickteroff; and four grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Lance, Hezekiah and Lennis Anderson. The family has asked that donations be made to Alaska Marine Conservation Council, P.O. Box 101145, Anchorage, AK 99510, in lieu of flowers. And please come to the party.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 11, 2015
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