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Clemens, Carol  
Carol Clemens was born Feb. 25, 1947, to Arlene and Robert Clemens and died just short of her 67th birthday on Jan. 15, 2015, after a three year battle with cancer. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in White Bear Lake and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she graduated from Washington High School in 1965. She attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1970 with an English degree. After graduation, she traveled extensively in Europe ending up in Afghanistan where she lived in Kabul for six months. After returning to the U.S., she followed her brother to Palmer in 1974. She has made Alaska her home since then but traveled Outside across the years, especially during winter. Some of her adventures Outside included sailing in the Caribbean, traveling through Mexico several times, visiting the Grand Canyon and spending several winters in Washington state. She spent many years living in the bush, in Manley Hot Springs at Baker Creek and down river from Ruby among other places. Living in the bush, she supported herself by subsistence fishing for herself and her dogs and growing her own vegetables. Her time in Alaska was filled with river trips and mushing adventures. She took at least six long river trips in Alaska and the Yukon Territory and one winter, mushed from Manley to Nome with a fellow dog musher. Several summers she worked as a cook for remote geology camps. She also worked for the Dewpartment of Fish and Game and spent eight years at Life Quest in Wasilla as a mental health worker. Carol is survived by her parents; her brother, Bruce; and sister, Carla, and their spouses. As her battle with cancer ended, she spent the last six weeks of her life in the home of Laurel and Charlie Overby in a caring and loving atmosphere, surrounded by old and new friends alike. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 25, 2015
Coon, Betty Jean  
Betty Jean Coon, 87, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Anchorage Pioneers' Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Betty was born in a sod shanty near Woodrow, Colorado, Oct. 30, 1927. Her parents were William and Sylvia Haller. She graduated from Keenesburg, Colorado, High School in 1945 and then attended Barnes Business College in Denver. In the next 10 years, she was employed at several Denver firms. In 1955, Betty took a job at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley where she met and married E. Dean Coon. In 1961, they moved to Denver where Dean was employed by the Colorado State Department of Education. She was in her second year of nurse's training when son Douglas was born, followed in two years by the birth of daughter Deborah. In 1974, Betty and her family moved to Fairbanks when Dean joined the faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They resided in Fairbanks for the next 26 years and then moved to Anchorage in 2000. Betty was a born again Christian and attended the First Assembly of God in Fairbanks and later Faith Christian Community in Anchorage. She was a loving homemaker. She enjoyed cross-stitching and accompanying the family on its many camping trips in Alaska. She and Dean were married for 59 years. She is survived by husband Dean, of Anchorage; son Douglas (wife Britt), of Anchorage; daughter Deborah Butterfield (husband Andy), of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and two grandchildren, Elaine and Gavin Butterfield. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Etha Mae, of Woodrow, Colorado, and Juanita Lucas, of Farmers Branch, Texas.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 29, 2015
Dennis, Barbara  
Longtime Alaskan Barbara Jean Dennis, 78, passed away in Henderson, Nevada, on Jan. 19, 2015. Barbara was past owner of Barb's Pilot Car Services, of Fairbanks and past owner of Midway Lodge, of Salcha.  Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leroy Dale Dennis, and her twin sons, Mark and Thomas Nehren. She moved to Alaska in 1967. She was born in O'Neil, Nebraska. She lived in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she met LeRoy and moved to Alaska. She will be placed with LeRoy at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.  Her loving family will miss her deeply: son James E. Nehren Jr. and wife, Linda; grandchildren Jessica Star Rawls, husband Pat; and great-grandchildren Alyssa, Samara and Nevaeh; grandson Curtis Nehren and wife, Tonya; and grandchildren Lanie and Diesel; grandson Zack Nehren, daughter Rebecca Symens, and granddaughter Michelle Ingram, husband Fornery, and great-grandchildren Tara, Buddy, Dawson; grandson JD Symens, grandson Jeremy Symens, and great-grandchildren Zane, Zellah, Zariah; grandson Jarid Symens, and Diana, and grandson Jayme Symens; loving step-children Allen Dennis, wife Donna, and granddaughter Rebecca; Kathy Jo Martin, husband Tom, and grandchildren Willie, Mellisa, Tommy John and Jessi Dennis; brothers John C Harding, Marvin Harding, Gerald Harding, and wife Nicki; Denny Lecher, and wife, Betty; and sister Helen Hilter, and husband Stan; her South Dakota family and friends, and her special family friends and customers of Salcha. We will all miss you. Our memories of you will be in our hearts forever. Rest is peace. Letters to the family can be sent to 2403 Viewpoint Drive Henderson, NV 89014. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 28, 2015
Dewey, Lena  
Lena Dewey, 90, of Fairbanks passed away Saturday, Jan. 24. Services will be announced and an obituary published at a later date.   Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 27, 2015
Greenwood, Jennifer Mae  
Jennifer Mae Greenwood, nee Linda Mae Latimer, died suddenly with her three faithful dogs Nov. 27, 2014, in Fairbanks, at age 57. Her great spark lives on with her children, Tara, Christopher and Autumn; her sister, Suzanne Eastburne, and countless wonderful friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Zara and Donald, and her oldest son, Jason Carpenter. Linda grew up in Colorado with her parents and sister. Independent and adventurous, she changed her name and moved to Alaska, where she lived most of the last four decades. Her great passion earned her the nickname "Jennifire," while others who met her on her years of RV travel across the country called her "Jennibago." Quick to love and befriend everyone, Jennifer cherished beauty and cultivated it wherever she was. She loved and was loved by children, animals and kind people all over the continent. She was an avid reader and dedicated writer of letters and poems. She sponsored two children through Child Fund International and was a supportive member of the ASPCA. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jennifer with stories and memories, and to bring home mementos from her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family.  Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 27, 2015
Harlan, Kenneth  
Kenneth Harlan, 79, of North Pole, passed away Sunday, Jan. 21. A viewing will be held from 2-3 p.m. with service starting at 3 p.m. Feb. 3, at First Baptist Church, 609 East Fifth Ave., in North Pole.  A full obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 28, 2015
Harlan, Kenneth  
Kenneth Harlan, 79, of North Pole, passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A viewing will be held from 2-3 p.m. with service starting at 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at First Baptist Church, 609 East Fifth Ave., in North Pole. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.  Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 27, 2015
Holland, Bernard George  
Bernard George Holland, age 66, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home in Delta Junction. Bernie's spirit took its final walk into the woods Dec. 24, 2014. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and all around great friend. Bernie, also known as "BG," was born July 29, 1948, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Robert E. Holland Sr. and Ruth Bruno. Bernie married his wife, Mary, in 1971 in Georgia, and they have shared more than 43 amazing years together. Bernie started his educational career with his GED, doing so well he was admitted into the GED Hall of Fame. He later attended the Federal Protective Service Academy in 1974. He went on to earn his associate degree, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in organizational management, Police Academy training, doctor of humanities and associate of specialized training. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1965.  He was a plank owner on the USCGC Dauntless WMEC-624. Bernie received an honorable discharge from the USCG in 1972. In 1972, Bernie served on President Nixon's security detail and received the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation. He received a certificate of training for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, awarded Citizen of the Year, Member of the Year, and Peace Officer of the Year from the Alaska Peace Officers Association.  Bernie and his wife, Mary, were awarded Foster Parent of the Year in 1983. He was awarded Crime Line Certificate of Appreciation in 1984, and he also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Equal Opportunity Council for Alaska Native Heritage Month in 2009 and 2011. Bernie had a passion for law enforcement. He spent most of his career protecting others. He worked as a security officer for Triple B Security in 1972, was K-9 patrol, policeman and investigator for Juneau Police Department from 1972-74. He worked as a federal protective officer until 1988. He owned Juno Maid Enterprises from 1978 to 1984.  He was actively involved in the Juneau community as well. He helped start the Juneau Crime Line as well as the Gastineau Humane Society and was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. He even ran for Juneau assembly. After moving to Delta Junction, he was a security officer and emergency medical technician on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline from 1989 to 2004. He served as military police on Fort Greely from 2004 to 2011 and was proud to be a part of the Alaska State Defense Force. He retired in 2011, and received a service award from Fort Greely for his outstanding performance. Bernie enjoyed beekeeping and processing honey with his son, Joseph. He was known as the "Bee Man" or "Honey Man." He always enjoyed sharing honey with all his friends. He shared a love of geology and mining with his son, Joe. He dreamed of one day finding that mythical giant gold nugget. He enjoyed shooting, riding his ATV, hunting and taking the RV on road trips. Family fishing trips to Chitina were always fun.  Bernie loved Native American culture. He loved genealogy and tracing family history with his aunt, Jeanette. He was a member of the Tlingit Eagle/Raven dance group. He loved dancing with his granddaughters, family and friends at celebration and pow-wow. He often could be found reading Tlingit books to his granddaughters and teaching them to speak in Tlingit. To quote his good friend, "He was truly a champion of all things Alaskan." Bernie is survived by his lovely wife, Mary, of Delta Junction; son Joseph Holland and wife Lorrie, of North Pole; son Jason Holland, of Wasilla; daughter Sang-Jin Holland, of Delta Junction; sons Rudy Vonda and John Holland, of Juneau; granddaughters Melinda, Heather and Rebecca Holland, of North Pole; Symphony Collins, of Wasilla; brothers Robert Holland Jr., of Massachusetts; Frederick Ekstrom, of Virginia; uncle Orace "Bud" Holland and aunt Alice Holland, of Massachusetts; aunt Jeanette Therien, of Delta Junction; brother-in-laws: Melvin Ward, of Juneau; Virgil Ward, of Montana; Harold Westman Jr., George Lunda and Bill Searls, of Juneau; George Westman, of Hoonah; sister-in-laws: Edith McHenry, of Juneau; Elsie Westman, of New Mexico; Angela Lunda, Freda Westman-Mechum and Barbara Searls, of Juneau; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and extended family and friends. Bernie is predeceased in death by his father, Robert Holland Sr., and his mother, Ruth Bruno; father-in-law Harold Westman Sr.; mother-in-law Elizabeth Westman; brother-in-laws Victor Ward and Ron Harris; aunt Emma Brodmerkle; uncles Leslie "Slats" Holland, Ed Bruno and Sam Bruno. A celebration of life was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Living Waters Assembly of God in Delta Junction. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Delta Junction Wells Fargo in the name of Mary Holland. Bernie's ashes will be spread in Juneau in summer 2015.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 23, 2015
Hormann, William Dale "Billy"  
William "Billy" Dale Hormann was born at the old St. Joseph's hospital in Fairbanks on Nov. 30, 1965, the fifth of Bob and Betty Hormann's children. He was the first of the three children born in Fairbanks to return to the family homestead directly after birth. That was because his father had finally proved up on the homestead and finished the permanent family home by that time. Billy spent all but a few years of his life in that home. Even after he purchased his cabin in Fox, he still considered the homestead "home." Billy attended the old Fox School (now the fire station and the dump site) and always said he had his best school days there. Beginning as a teenager in the early 1980s, Billy worked at the original Hilltop Truck stop as a fueler and tire man where he befriended many of the early, old time haul road truckers in those early days. His handle on the CB during those years was "Little Ridge." His dad was "Ridgerunner" and his mom was "Biscuits." Billy spent that last few years of his life in the Fox community where he could be seen almost any day walking everywhere he wanted to go. He could be seen "thumbing" up the hill to Hilltop and the homestead quite often. His strolls became fewer and farther between as his health declined. Billy had been suffering with heart trouble for the past three years. He had stints implanted two years ago. He was in his cabin in Fox on Jan. 12, 2015, when his heart gave up on him. Billy was a crossword puzzle buff and collected crosswords from anywhere he could. One of his simple pleasures in life was to walk to Fox Store to collect his newspaper so he could work the crossword. He even would accept old newspapers and scandal magazines so he could work the unfinished puzzles. He was a World War II buff and liked watching movies and reading about the war. "Baa Baa Black Sheep" was his favorite WWII series. His special friend at the end of his life was his wire-haired mutt, Sammy. Wherever you ran into Billy, there would be Sammy. Sammy has been adopted by Billy's nephew, CJ. Billy lived a meager life but he was always ready to help anyone in need. Most recently he helped his sister, Bev, and his nephew, CJ, drywall and mud their two cabins. Many people he knew have wonderful stories about how Billy was always ready to jump in and help in any way needed. Billy was preceded in death by both his father and mother. He was also preceded by his older brother, Michael (Jimmy) James Hormann. Billy was the grandson of Michael James and Bertha Kayutuk and William Henry and Maude Hormann. He was the son of Robert Lemoine and Elizabeth Hormann. He was also the caretaker of his faithful mutt, Sammy. Billy leaves behind to miss him, his siblings, Beverly Ann Hormann, Roberta Louise Wallace and Stephen Charles Hormann. Billy also leaves behind his nephews, Carl Ayers Jr. (CJ), Kevin Aaron Ayers, R. Randall Dunning, Robert Alexander Wallace, Charles Anthony Wallace, Michael Lewis Wallace and Robert James Hormann. Billy was a special great uncle to Sheldon Foster, Aaron Crook, Lily Dunning, Lyric Earp-Ayers and Mila Hormann. And of course, Billy was friend to many and will be missed by them all. A memorial pot luck will be held from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Fox Lions Club at 2285 Steese Highway, behind the Fox weigh station.
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Published in Daily News-Miner from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2015
Ingram, Robert "Uncle Bob"  
Robert (known to many as "Uncle Bob") peacefully passed into eternity while at Regional Hospital following a brief illness. He was born to Charles and Helen Ingram on July 8, 1920, in Oakland, California. His sister, Sara, brother, Ed, and parents preceded him in death. God-fearing from his youth, at 17 Bob publicly expressed his choice for the Lordship of Jesus over his daily life, a choice to which he continually attempted to adhere and that greatly enriched his life throughout his remaining 77 years. Early in life, Bob served an apprenticeship in woodworking and cabinetmaking and, at the onset of WWII, was working for a shipwright and jointers union in the California Bay Area. As a civilian, Bob was transferred to Dutch Harbor in the interest of the war effort. He escaped death in June 1942 when Japanese bombing of the island took the lives of 40 military personnel camped next door to his unit.  Bob continued in Dutch Harbor until the Seabees relieved his company, after which he worked awhile in Kodiak, and then joined the U.S. Navy. Bob was stationed at Mare Island near San Francisco where he worked in a shop providing prostheses for the missing limbs of military personnel returning home from service to their country. At Bob's release from the Navy, he returned to work in Kodiak until he had funds enough to purchase a home place for his father in California. Bob entered the Christian ministry in fall 1946, wherein he labored in California, Idaho, Washington, and from 1965 until 1989 in Alaska. Unable to continue in the ministry, Bob resided in Fairbanks and entered the Pioneer Home in 2011 and since often has expressed his thankfulness for the tender, loving care he received from the staff at the Home and his many friends. He is fondly remembered for his kindly spirit and interest in the lives of all his acquaintances with whom he shared many cherished woodworking mementos. Bob is survived by his niece, Evelyn (Charles) Jenkins, of Canyon Lake, California; nephew Kenneth (Gail) Ingram, of Benisia, California, and several great-nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Ravens Landing, 1222 Cowles Street, in Fairbanks. Funeral Service will start at 1 p.m. His friend's invite you to join them at Pioneers' Home following the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 23, 2015
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