William Lee "Bill" Barber (1933 - 2017)

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William "Bill" Barber died of natural causes in his sleep on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2017. Born on Dec. 16, 1933, at the old railroad hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, he was 84 years old. Probably some of his best years were spent living the subsistence lifestyle in Nondalton and Iliamna, Alaska, with his sisters, Gladys, Louise and May, and many nieces and nephews.
He loved it all: chopping wood, riding dog sled, hunting and fishing with his nephews and brothers-in-law, and taking steam baths - if there was any one thing Bill loved, it was a good steam!
Bill had several professions over the years: bartender, oil tanker seaman, bush pilot, fisherman, ship's captain and taxi driver in the winters. Bill was someone family and friends could admire. Not only was he a hard worker, but when he made up his mind to do something he did it right now, no procrastinating, and he was determined to accomplish his goals no matter the obstacles. For example, when he was in his 60s, he decided to get his USCG 100 Ton Master's License at the maximum tonnage. The exam can only be passed at over 90%, and involves complex math. It was incredibly hard for someone of his years and education, but rather than giving up like most people would, he took classes, studied long hours and eventually passed. Amazing! That's the kind of person Bill was, but he had softer qualities too.
Bill loved babies and pets. He was also a gourmet cook and threw legendary Christmas Eve bashes until his back pain made that impossible. He also loved Native food from the land: moose, caribou, fish and berries. In his later years, when his back pain made it impossible for him to hunt, fish and pick berries, his devoted nephews, Al and Craig Evanoff, made sure that he had plenty of Native food to feed his spirit.
William Barber is is survived by his dear companion of 38 years, Patricia Barber; stepdaughter, April Wilson; grandchildren, Ariel and Alex Susky; sisters, Gladys Evanoff, May Alexie and Lulu Howe; nephews, Al Evanoff and Craig Evanoff; niece, Karen Evanoff; and many other family members.
A service with honors will be held at Fort Richardson on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Meet at the main gate at 2 p.m.; the procession will start from there at 2:15 p.m. A potluck will be held afterwards, at 4 p.m., at St. Innocent Orthodox Church, 401 Turpin Street in Anchorage.
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St Innocent Orthodox Cathedral
401 Turpin St
Anchorage, AK 99504
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2018