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Bennetto, John Russell "Jack"  
John "Jack" Russell Bennetto, born Oct. 7, 1959, passed away Feb. 5, 2015. He was the only son of the late John and Ruth Bennetto of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and grandson of the late Herman and Marion Kersteen; cousin of Beth Gleim of Kingston, Pennsylvania. Jack and his family moved to Arizona in 1979. From there, he relocated to Fairbanks in 1991 to work for Princess Cruise Lines as a tour guide and driver trainer and to discover the beautiful outdoors, which was his passion. Jack returned to Arizona in 2004, making his home in the small community of Cordes Lakes, where he resided until his untimely death. Jack is survived by his five sisters, Deborah Arekat, Kimberly Wells, Tamea Rauscher, Laurie Coulter, Terri Garlick; his five brothers-in-law, Maher, Ron, Mike, Gil and Steve; and his seven nieces and nephews, Robert, Jamie, Sommer, Johnathan, Ameena, Heather and Justin. Justin and Jack were inseparable, sharing a love of the outdoors - hiking, discovering, gold mining, rock collecting or just talking on the phone. Jack also had a longtime relationship with girlfriend and confidant, Jennifer Shelton, of Fairbanks, with whom he shared his passion of the great outdoors as well as cherishing each other's companionship for many years. His love for people, love of life and wide range of interests are reflected in the clubs and organizations in which he invested himself. Some of them include Mayer Area Meals on Wheels, the High Desert Heritage Museum, Mayer Community Church, the local Rock and Mineral Club, Take a Hike-Hiking Spree, CLCA (Cordes Lakes Community Association), Fairbanks Curling Club, Polar Bear Club, Princess Cruise Tours and Zion Lutheran Church in Fairbanks. Jack has left all of us with positive and wonderful memories. While we lost him long before we were prepared to let him go, he has left each of us with the feeling that every one of us mattered deeply to him. We are truly blessed to have the privilege of calling him our brother, uncle, cousin, friend. Memorial services took place in Phoenix and Mayer, Arizona.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 25, 2015
Darnell Sr., Dan T.  
On Jan. 13, 2015, Dan T. Darnell Sr. "slipped the surly bonds of earth" and is "dancing the skies on laughter-silvered wings" (lines from a poem favored and often cited by aviators, "High Flight" by John Gillespie Maggee Jr.). Born on a homestead in Cochise County, Arizona, in 1916 to a one-room school mistress mother and a third-generation rancher father, Dan was bitten by the flying bug when only 11 years old. He had traveled to New Mexico to see Charles Lindbergh, who was making a grand tour across the country in "The Spirit of St. Louis," after the first successful flight across the Atlantic. "I got to shake his hand and it ruined me for ranch life," he said. Five years later and not yet 16, he soloed and had a pilot certificate ever since. During World War II, he taught second lieutenants how to fly for the Army Air Corps out of Luke Field. Charlie Yeager was one of hundreds of students who came through flight training to get their wings. At one time, Dan held the world's records for the most inside and outside loops, an aerobatic maneuver that, ironically, all these years later, doctors say may have contributed to his death. Always a fit 150 pounds (his flight physical weight), Dan attributed his long life to never drinking or smoking and "living by the Ten Commandments." After the war, he continued his flying career throughout Arizona and California. He eventually succumbed to family pressure and stopped flying commercially and returned to farming and ranching. Dan worked the land but eventually changed professions to become a well-test engineer, working for Weber until his retirement. While home base was Sierra Vista, Arizona, he and wife Jean were intrepid travelers. Whether crisscrossing the country in their Silver Streak or letting someone else fly, Dan always was ready to go. He shared his son's affinity for Alaska and her wide, open blue skies and "outdoor air conditioning." He loved visiting Ireland, traveling there 13 times, and his most recent trip was with grandson Daniel in 2002. His passion was attending air shows all over the country and sometimes flying with old friends and even new ones. He loved going to Oshkosh and was a fixture at the Reno Air Races. He was an avid model airplane builder; from his first kit plane in the 1920s that didn't even have a radio, to his latest Kadet Senior he was fabricating last summer, he must have built 100 planes. He foresaw the day when these "toys" would have military and commercial value - today's drones. Dan celebrated his 98th birthday Nov. 25 with a large party of family and friends in person, with phone calls and via skype. He was especially proud of his great-grandson, Greg Jr., who was competing in World Cup skeleton racing in Norway. Dan was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Jean Cooley ("the only woman I ever loved," he said), and his beloved son, Daniel T. Darnell Jr., killed in a plane crash in Alaska in 1981. He also was predeceased by his parents, Clifton and Lilly Ora (Roberds); brothers Casey and Fred Darnell; nephew Jimmy Darnell and specially bonded grandniece Courtney Darnell. He is survived by his grandson, Daniel T. Darnell III (Amanda Race), of Alaska; granddaughter Ambre Ellenson (Peter); and great-grandsons Isaac Daniel and Oliver Thomas Ellenson, of Michigan; stepdaughter Nancy West and grandson Greg West, of Missouri; great-grandchildren Greg West Jr., of Utah, and Rianna and great-great-grandson Mason West, of Alabama; daughter-in-law Trudie Darnell-Stack and husband Mark Stack, of Alaska; sisters Sally Richards, of Arizona and Dorothy Button, of Nevada, and sister-in-law Blair Darnell, of New Mexico; special nieces Emily Darnell-Nunez (JoeBob Nunez), Mary Darnell (Dick Churchill), Judy Hogan and Jane Button (Greg Howe); nephews Billy (Jonna) Darnell, Cliff (Cindy) Darnell, Ray (Elaine) Darnell, Cliff (Jewels) Button, Mike (Sylvia) Richards and David (Vicki) Richards, along with many other grand and great nieces, nephews and cousins who brought joy to his life; and devoted friends Judy Walraven and Don Kelley, of Sierra Vista. Dan had a huge assortment and variety of friends in his lifetime whose company he appreciated. Dan was a lifelong member of the Shriners and proud of the work they accomplish to alleviate suffering in children throughout the world. Flight inspired Dan to poetic heights of his own, "Up above the clouds my plane climbs to heights my soul can reach and I am alone with my love!" A celebration of life was held Feb. 7 in Apache, Arizona. A remembrance and family gathering will be held in Apache on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. "Happy, happy," said Dan, and happy he was. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 22, 2015
Griffin, Anthony Wayne  
Anthony Wayne Griffin, of North Pole, was born Jan. 8, 1990. He left this earth Feb. 21, 2015. He was born in Washington state and move to Fairbanks in 1994. He attended Ticasuk Brown Elementary, North Pole Middle School and North Pole High School. During middle school, he enjoyed wrestling, but in high school, football was his passion. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, mechanic and welder. His love of snowmachining in the winter and mudding in the summer kept him rooted to Alaska. Anthony enjoyed working, playing, listening to all types of music and spending his time with family and friends. He was a country boy to his very core. Anthony would do anything to help anyone. His heart was much larger than life and his love was deep. Thank you to all who helped and loved him. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca; mother Mildred and step-father John Knott, father Vern Griffin, and sisters Meleniah, Madison and Makennah; extended family, Patti Christensen, Erin Martsolf and Haley Brown, and many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins nieces, nephews, and friends. There will be a celebration of life for Anthony at 3 p.m. March 7 held at the Gold Rush Saloon on Peger Road. Please bring your stories and a dish to share.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 28, 2015
Guckert, Gloria Jean  
On Nov. 8, 1958, in Henryetta, Oklahoma, James and Helen Inman, with the help of their Lord, welcomed Gloria Jean Inman into the world. In the early hours of Feb. 16, 2015, at home with her husband, she went to be with her parents and her Lord. In 2002, Gloria set off for Alaska to visit her brother at Fort Wainwright, driving her dad's '89 Chevy with her mom and sister as companions. After the others returned to Oklahoma, Gloria was making plans to return when she learned she had captured the eye of a fellow employee at Fred Meyer West.  Gloria and Ian were married May 15, 2004, in Oklahoma City and stayed in Fairbanks to live her Alaska dream. Gloria is survived by her husband, Ian Guckert; children Tiffane, Candy, and Amanda and grandchildren. She also is survived by her sisters, Alice Huffman, Paula Crow, Regina Lay, Gayla Millican and Cheryl Mustin, as well as brothers Ron, Gary and Gerald Inman, sister-in-law Lizabeth Guckert, best friend Candy Pulice; and stepchildren Tyler, Whitney, and Shelby. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Helen Inman, as well as her brother, Jackie Inman. A memorial service for Gloria will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Assembly of God Church at 2830 Airport Way so that her fellow employees and many customers may pay their regards. Jeremy Davis will officiate, and the service will be followed by a potluck. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 23, 2015
Hammond, John Thomas  
John Thomas Hammond, age 81, of Palmer, was born January 24, 1934, in Chatsworth, Illinois, to Helen and Russel Hammond. After a long illness with cancer, he went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 11, 2015. He died at home, surrounded by his loving family. John married Norma Van Nest 59 years ago after graduating from Multnomah School of the Bible. They raised two daughters, Gloria Nitschke and Jodi Davis; one son, Charles Hammond, now deceased, and many grandchildren, great and great-great-grandchildren. When John moved to Alaska with his parents at age 11, he experienced the early development of the State, graduating from high school in Anchorage at the only school there at the time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, gardening, geology and the great outdoors. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and actively served in ROTC, the Army Chemical Corp and the Reserves. John taught chemistry at Lathrop High in Fairbanks for seven years after which he taught at Victory High School, a boarding school, where he taught Bible, science, math and Alaska history, and coached hockey. When VHS closed, John established the video ministry of Arctic Missions in Palmer, continuing that work for the rest of his years. He was involved weekly with the Native New Life Fellowship of Anchorage since 1970. He was a member of Lazy Mt. Bible Church in Palmer. His family thought of him always as a giver, patient and loving, dependable and wise. He told great stories. His grandchildren appreciated his sweet tooth and willingness to share his treats. He led by example, always giving 120 percent. He was our hero. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on March 4 at the First Covenant Church in Anchorage at 1145 C Street.  Flowers are welcome, and personal gifts to help the family are appreciated. They can be sent to Norma Hammond at 4305 N. Hughes Circle Palmer, AK 99645. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 24, 2015
Hoegberg, John Karl  
John Karl Hoegberg, Alaskan extraordinaire, born July 6, 1963, passed away Feb. 5, 2015. Tall like Denali, strong like moose, he burned fast and bright, now he has mushed past trail's end. We will celebrate John's life with a potluck starting 4 p.m. today, Feb. 28, at the Musher's Hall on Farmers Loop. Anyone who cared about John is invited to bring food, drink and stories to share.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 28, 2015
Hoegberg, John Karl  
John Hoegberg John Karl Hoegberg, Alaskan extraordinaire, born July 6, 1963, passed away Feb. 5, 2015. Tall like Denali, strong like moose, he burned fast and bright, now he has mushed past trail's end. We will celebrate John's life with a potluck starting 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Mushers Hall on Farmers Loop. Anyone who cared about John is invited to bring food, drink and stories to share.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 26, 2015
Hudson, Lori  
Lori Hudson, 50, of Fairbanks, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Service information will be announced at a later date, as well as a full obituary to follow. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 26, 2015
Hudson, Lori Agnes (James)  
In loving memory of our beloved Lori Agnes (James) Hudson, who unexpectedly passed away in Fairbanks on Feb. 19, 2015, at the young age of 50. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Neil and Clara James on April 12, 1964, in Tanana. Lori, a Gwich'in Athabascan Native woman, was raised and grew up in Birch Creek, a small remote village in Interior Alaska in the Yukon Flats sub-region. She grew up living a subsistence lifestyle when her parents and the whole family would move 60 miles seasonally to the Yukon River to fish and tend to family gardening, growing their winter's supply of food. During the fall, her parents would move camp to another area to hunt for wild game, which are a tradition in her Native ways of living. Springtime would be a fun time to travel to nearby villages for spring carnivals, dog races and visiting friends and relatives, and to enjoy the warmer weather it brings. Winters usually were spent being in school, sharing chores along with siblings or relatives since there were a few large families within a distance. Chores included sawing, chopping, packing firewood, chiseling out the water area in the river to pack water for the homes, caring for the dogs and more. The school seldom would have entertainment through cold winter months, like movie and popcorn nights. Christmas was a big part of the James' family traditional potlatch and family gathering. She enjoyed her life in rural village and loved her people very much. She found a life in Fairbanks later on and lived a devout Christian life. She continually went to church with many of her Christian brothers and sisters from all over in the Fairbanks, North Pole, Barrow and Ester areas. She will forever be remembered as a humble, loving, caring mother, aunt, sister and dearest friend to many lives she had touched. She was always joyful, brutally honest and an outgoing person. She had a contagious laugh we all loved about her; even in her darkest and dullest moments of a day, she would turn that into humor. She loved all her beautiful children and grandchildren, family and people. She would help many and pray for many people no matter who they were. She would speak very open and honestly to anyone and be one sweet person who will be missed often by many. She is survived by her eldest child, Amanda Audi; grandchild Evalyn Audi, and mother-in-law Frances Law, of Richland, Washington. She wanted so bad to go and visit her lovely Audi family in the states. She always talked of her grandchild Evalyn, who she one day hoped to meet, and always sent her love in that direction, to her beautiful Audi family. She is survived by her sweet daughter, Kaylan Huntington (Henry III); granddaughter Cheyanne Netelia, and grandson Henry Walter Huntington IV, of Fairbanks, who she dearly loved with her whole heart. She was married to Richard Hudson, of Fairbanks, for 18 wonderful years. Together they have a child, Dorothea, who she dearly treasured. She also is survived by her oldest sister, Mary Clara James; brothers Isaac, Willlam (Cheryl) and Lawrence James, all of Birch Creek, and a special brother who was adopted out when he was a baby and had recently been in contact, Ronnie Dale Tribble, of Thompson Falls, Montana; and by her many aunts, uncles, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and their extended families, relatives from all over and too many to name, many close friends she would call family, and brothers and sisters, throughout all of the Yukon Flats sub-region villages, Fairbanks, North Pole, Ester, Barrow and the Lower 48. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Birch Creek James and wife Agnes James, of Birch Creek; her parents, Neiland Clara James, of Birch Creek; her sister, Caroline (James) Big Joe, her brothers, Clifford James, James James, Calvin James, Ralph James and Kenneth James, all of Birch Creek; nephew Clifford Big Joe, of Nenana; and her daughter, Andrea James, of Birch Creek. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Feb. 27, at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall in Fairbanks. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Pastor David Flenaugh will officiate. The burial will be at Birch Hill Cemetery. Everybody is welcome to attend and much appreciated. Potlatch will follow after burial at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Please feel free to bring a covered dish.
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Published in Daily News-Miner from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2015
Lindley, Kenneth L.  
Kenneth L. Lindley passed away on Feb. 14, 2015. Per Ken's request, there will be no funeral service. A full obituary will be published at a later date.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Feb. 26, 2015
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