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Camille Diane Baker, 48, of Fairbanks, died April 8, 2014, at her residence. Camille was born on June 20, 1965, in Anchorage, to William and Joyce Whipple. As a young child, her family moved to Montana for a few years and then came back to Alaska, where Camille graduated from Lathrop High School. She married the love of her life, Forrest Baker, in Fairbanks in 1987. As a military family, Camille and Forrest lived many places while raising their three children. On Dec. 30, 1999, after Forrest had retired from the military, they settled and made their home in Fairbanks to be near family and friends. Camille was a wonderful mother and caretaker. She worked outside the home as a cashier in her younger years, a certified nurse's aide, and volunteered for numerous organizations as well as helping family and friends. Throughout the years, Camille had studied at Central Texas College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She always cherished her friendships and time involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as her childhood and military friends. Everyone agrees that Camille was the gentlest soul and had the biggest heart. She was preceded in death by her father, William Whipple and her brother, Patrick Whipple. Camille is survived by her husband of 27 years, Forrest Baker, of Fairbanks; son, Ryan Baker, of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Joanna Baker, of San Diego, Calif.; son, David Baker, of Fairbanks; granddaughters, Abigail Baker, Emily Baker, Ashley Baker, and Layla Belcher; mother, Joyce Whipple, of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters, Lyndia Matthys, of North Pole, Robyn Bennett, of Fairbanks; uncle, Gerald Newton, of North Pole; and aunt, Diana Clemens, of Tacoma, Wash. A visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at Fairbanks Funeral Home, 3704 Erickson Ave. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Steese Chapel, 304 Lazelle Road, Fairbanks, AK 99712. A reception will immediately follow the service at the church. Donations can be made in Camille's name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 724 27th Ave. No. 4, Fairbanks, AK 99701. Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home. Read Obituary
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Arlene Rose David passed away peacefully and went home to be with the Lord on April 12, 2014, a day before Palm Sunday. She was a strong woman in this troubled world. Arlene was born Aug. 4, 1957, in Tanana to Ruth and Alfred Grant II. While in Tanana, she learned how to live a subsistence and traditional lifestyle. She learned how to bead, and she became a very good artist. She also was a very good fry bread maker. Arlene was a very kind and gentle person to everyone, and she will be immensely missed by her family and friends. Arlene is survived by her son, Ernest Ryan David; sister, Darlene "Dee Dee" Grant, of Minto; sister-in-law, Agnes Demientieff; brothers, Cordell Grant, of Fairbanks and Alfred "Adagoots" Grant III, of Tanacross; aunts, Anna Frank and Eliza (Dan) Winfrey; uncle, Johnny (Nancy) David; nieces, Eva (Clarence) Olhausen, Yaneenah Sinyon, Joleen Demientieff, Candice Grant-Gray, and Kirshawna Grant; nephews, Michael Demientieff and Stuart Sinyon; special friend, Gary Upson; and many more relatives and friends throughout the state and the Lower 48. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Michael John David, of Eagle; parents, Ruth and Alfred Grant II; brothers, baby Grant, Ernest "Ernie" Tubbs Grant and Farin Grant; maternal grandparents, Jonathan and Rosie David, of Minto; and paternal grandparents, Eva and Alfred Grant Sr. Visitation and service will be at 1 p.m. today, April 17, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks. Family and friends will then continue on to Minto. Burial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Minto followed by a traditional potlatch. Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Read Obituary
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Gary Wayne Healy went to the spirit in the sky, peacefully on April 12, 2014, at 57. Born Oct. 4, 1956, in Fairbanks, he was raised up and down the highway between Healy Lake and Tok, and spent a majority of his life in Fairbanks.  Gary graduated from Lathrop High School in May 1974. He married his lifetime love, Mary, in October 1974. Gary and Mary had an amazing, fulfilling life together. They raised four beautiful children, Minnie, Gary Jr., Bethany and Buck. Gary trapped for many years along the Elliott Highway, back in the '70s and '80s with his trapping and hunting partner, Don. He loved to be out with his family, camping, fishing and hunting.  Even though he liked to fish, he always said he got more enjoyment watching Mary fish. He loved to watch his children, Bethany and Buck play hockey, very seldom missing a game. Hockey took him on many adventures around the states and Canada. He also enjoyed watching his son, Gary Jr. "Dub's," and daughters, Minnie and Bethany learn karate, and traveled to Las Vegas and San Diego for tournaments and World Championships.  He was a very proud father and grandfather. Although a quiet man, when he spoke, everyone listened. Gary worked for 32 years at the University of Alaska power plant, where he retired in July of 2006. After retiring, Gary and Mary spent the next few summers building a new cabin at Healy Lake, as a joint adventure with his eldest son, Gary Jr.; his wife, Jewels, and grandchildren, Alissa and Kayanna.  He stood on the porch of the new cabin last summer and just said "Oh, how I love this place." The first few winters after retiring, they traveled around watching his son, Buck play junior hockey all over Oregon, Washington, Montana, and even made it to Grand Rapids for nationals. He loved the game of hockey and barely ever missed a game on TV (a true Red Wings fan).  Gary is preceded by his mother, Minnie Healy; his brother, Monte Fifer, and step-father, Jerry Fifer. He is survived by his wife, Mary Healy; daughter Minnie, and her children, Ashley, Kaleb and Mia; his son, Gary Jr. "Dub's," his wife, Jewels, and their children, Alissa and Kayanna; daughter, Bethany and husband, Jason; and son, Buck, and wife, Dani; brothers, Ray Fifer and Mike Fifer, and many cousins up and down the river and highway between Fairbanks and Tok (too many to name).  At Gary's request, there will be no service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at the time of the scattering of his ashes. Rest in peace. You will always be in our hearts. Read Obituary
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Our loving father and husband, Donald Ray Kiser, passed away at his home in North Pole on April 12, 2014, after enduring a six-month cancer battle. Donald was born Nov. 3, 1937, in Farmersburg, Ind. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. While serving in the military in El Paso, Texas, he married his loving wife, Ruth Stires, on Sept. 2, 1965. In 1971, they made the long journey to Alaska where they raised five children, with 25 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Donald retired from the Army in 1978 after 20 years of service. He worked for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District for 20 years, retiring in 2000. Donald also was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a North Pole resident for 43 years. He was very excited to journey beyond the veil of mortality to see his mother and father. We love and honor him as a man who loved the Lord. We love you, Dad. Donald is survived by his wife, Ruth Kiser, of North Pole; sister, Norma J. (Paul) Lucas, of Indiana; daughter, Angelina L. (Brian) Schramm, of Indiana; sons, Paul S. (Deana) Kiser, of North Pole; Corey L. (Samantha) Kiser, of Delta Junction; Donald R. Kiser, of Fairbanks; and Phillip A. (Heather) Kiser, of North Pole. He also leaves behind 25 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren with two more to be born soon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Lee Maxwell; father, Harry Kiser, and great-granddaughter, Dehlia Rhea Alectis Young-Shakoske. A Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 831 5th Ave., North Pole. Bishop Jeffrey Putnam will officiate. A graveside service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Read Obituary
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Well-known and longtime Fairbanks resident Ralph Miller passed away unexpectedly but peacefully Feb. 9, 2014. He was born and raised in a logging town in Washington, where he was active in 4-H, was senior class president and made many lifelong friends. To earn money for college, he raised chickens for a local restaurant and worked at the local lumber mill.  Ralph attended college at WSC and CPS. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and while serving at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash., he met the love of his, life Diane. He liked to say that "Diane tripped me," so after returning from TDY in Guam, they were married in 1955. In 1956, they loaded up their station wagon with their three girls and drove across country to Westover Air Force Base, Mass., then transferred to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. During his Air Force career, he not only worked his military job, but worked a second job so that Diane could stay at home with their children. While at Offutt, they lived in a small community where he became a PTA President, joined the Jaycees and the Masonic Lodge.   In 1962, he was transferred to Eielson Air Force Base. Ralph drove the Alaska Highway in a special-ordered Studebaker truck, pulling a 45-foot house trailer, while Diane drove the VW Bug (affectionately known by the girls as "the doodle-bug"). While at Eielson, the Millers acquired Skateland, the only roller rink in Alaska at the time. Many single GIs were only too glad to help out at the rink, enjoyed a home-cooked meal and even stayed the night inside the rink. Ralph was very proud of his career in the Air Force, serving his country. When he retired from the Air Force in 1964, the Millers decided to make Fairbanks their home. Ralph worked in the insurance industry for years, attended UAF, was a reservation agent for Pan Am Airways, an expeditor for CJM Construction, and he and Diane operated a flight school. He became a licensed realtor, retiring in 1996.  The Millers loved spending time in their camper at lakes and streams around the Interior and later in their motorhome at Salcha, Valdez and Seward with the grandchildren. Ralph was a member of the Good Sam Club (Tundra Rollers), and enjoyed many wonderful adventures with friends traveling around Alaska. Ralph and Diane enjoyed many trips to the Hawaiian Islands, especially Maui, and several cruises to various places. Ralph loved going to Creamer's Field to watch the birds in the summer and the dog races in the winter.  As a private pilot, Ralph and Diane flew all over the state, many times flying to Mount McKinley (when they had a landing strip), and to Circle Hot Springs, taking their friends from church and flying in with several fellow pilots. Ralph and Diane went to Colorado to pick up a plane and flew it back to Fairbanks. It was an exciting time to fly and see all the changes on the Alaska Highway.  Ralph and Diane were foster parents. Their home has always been open to their daughter's friends. Ralph was active in the local Jaycees and also served as a Golden Days Sheriff. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 3, Midnight Sun Chapter OES (Golden Heart No. 6), and the Elks. He was an Elder, Deacon and young adult leader in the First Presbyterian Church. He was a driver for Love In the Name of Christ (Love, INC.) and an Ice Alaska volunteer. Ralph served on the board of Fort Wainwright Federal Credit Union and the Board of Realtors.  He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, the National Association for Uniformed Services, the Retired Enlisted Association, and the Disabled American Veterans. Ralph was also a member of the Military Retiree Counsel for more than 35 years, serving as president several times.  In the later years, Ralph loved to do all the grocery shopping and visiting with people along the way. No matter where he was, Ralph loved meeting and talking to others. He never met a stranger. The world is a different place without Ralph in it. He will be remembered as a great husband, father and a very giving person.  He is survived by Diane, his wife of 59 years, and his children, Margie, and husband, Tom Hylton; Pam Miller, Michelle M. Miller, and close friend, Roxanne Creamer; grandchildren, Thomas Hylton and Rica Alves; Christina Hylton McPheeters, and husband, Kourtney McPheeters; Stephanie Miller, and husband, Michael Garrison; Sarah D.C. Miller, and Sarah's other mother, Pamela Creekmore Darrow, and step-father, David Darrow; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Tyce and Tristan McPheeters, and Jayden Hylton.  Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Mary Miller, and siblings Ed, Bill, Harold, Dorothy, Irene, Lucille, Wilma and Anita. His many nephews, nieces and extended family all looked to him for family cohesiveness.  Services will be held in July. The date and time is to be announced later. Memorial Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Fairbanks, Love INC-Fairbanks, Ice Alaska, and/or Dogs for the Deaf (c/o Tundra Rollers). Read Obituary
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Sam David Newman died peacefully in his sleep on March 10, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 8, 1968, in Fairbanks to the proud parents of Gary and Florence Newman.  The youngest of four children, Sam was definitely his father's son. After graduating from Lathrop High School in 1986, Sam began a career as a well-respected truck driver and heavy equipment operator, who was known to have never tore up a piece of equipment or truck.  Sam's loyalty and family values run deep; he had unbending values all through life. He was always quick to offer a hand when help was needed and stay until things were done. He had a calming smile, a sincere belly laugh and quick wit that will be greatly missed. He was a rock to all of us.  Sam loved his family, brothers, trucks and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He liked to wet a line fishing, have a cold beer when done and occasionally a good fist fight. He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Newman, and grandmother, Jesse Newman Mary Gregoroff. Sam is survived by mother, Florence Newman; sister, Susan Reynaga; brother, Andy, and Sharon Newman; brother, Gary Newman; nephew, Paul, and Cynthia Newman; niece, Mary/Chris Eby; Gene and Cindy Bloom and the extended family of the Fairbanks chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, Dale and Michelle Leedom, Jeff and Charlene Esley, and too many more to list. Though no longer here in body, certain things will keep his memory alive forever. When you hear gravel being dumped in a steel dump box, or a set of drag pipes barking off on a Shovelhead, the feel of a good Kenworth truck, or the sound of a cold Budweiser being opened, Sam is somewhere close by. Well, little brother, have the trucks running and warm when we get there. Until then, stay the course and hold the fort. Love always, us. There will be no service, per Sam's wishes. In lieu, please give a donation to your favorite charity in Sam's name. Love and respect always. Read Obituary
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Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, auntie and friend, Josephine (Josie) Beatrice Peter, passed into the hands of the Lord on April 11, 2014. Josie was born May 19, 1938, and was raised by Annie and Peter Cadzow and Grandmother Marcis Horace in Fort Yukon. Josie dearly loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends with her big sweet heart and giving attitude. She enjoyed laughing and always encouraged others with positivity. Josie was proudly raised in a traditional Gwich'in Athabascan lifestyle and continued to pass on the traditional knowledge, subsistence skills and language. One thing Josie swore by was that tree pitch was the best medicine. With her hard working attitude, she mastered sewing with beads, skin, and canvas. She was also very hospitable and enjoyed cooking and baking for others. She obtained her culinary art certificate for two years and was a cook on the North Slope as well as in various restaurants in Fairbanks. She also won the best cook/baker, fried bread maker and jig contest with Simon Francis at Spring Carnival. Josie also will be remembered as a Gwich'in culture bearer and speaker and always tried to continue to pass on the traditional knowledge to others. Culture was a very important and inspirational experience that she wanted to pass on to the future generations. Josie was preceded in death by her husband, Kias T. Peter Sr.; daughter, Angela Peter; son-in-law, Robert Allen; parents, Annie and Peter Cadzow, grandparents, Marcis Horace, James and Maggie Gilbert, Chief Peter Moses, Old Crow YT; uncles, Daniel Horace and David Salmon; aunts, Annie James and Martha Flitt; brothers, Abraham and Horace Cadzow; sisters, Maggie Beach, Julia Nathaniel and Alice Metz; nephews, Tyrone, Matthew; and grandchildren, Tami, Annie Marie, Titus, Cassandra and Betty. She is survived by her partner, John Christian; sister, Myra Heaps; children, Ernie (Julia) Marion, Joanne (Robert) , Mildred, Kias Jr. (Dora), Betty Ann, Joyce, Marcis (Jim) and Roxanne (Jim); grandchildren, Renee, Stanford, Roxanne, Roberta (Andrew), Renita, Donald, David, Melissa (Coby), Amanda, Lakota, Walter, Liza, Tara, Hunter, Cherie, Eleanor Moon, Elana, Evan, Bonnie Mae, Kathy Ann and Doreen; and great-grandchildren, Cody, Nickolaus, Madeline, Katlynn, Jayden, Traysten, Tillisa, Mila, Emanuel, Elysha, Jackson, Clearance, Connor, Liam and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and all her best friends. A fundraiser to assist with funeral-related expenses will be held from 3-7 p.m. today at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Contributions can be made to Alaska USA account No. 535320 Joanne Bryant or Wells Fargo account No. 1013571664 Roxanne Peter. A service for Josie will be held at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, beginning with a visitation at 11 a.m., followed by a service at noon and then share a covered dish. The final resting place will take place at Bishop Rowe Chapel on at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Arctic Village, followed by a potlatch in celebration of Josie's Life. Mahsi Choo Shaluk Naii. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book. Read Obituary
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Kenelm Winslow Philip, age 82, died March 13, 2014. Ken was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Staten Island, N.Y. He was the third son of Lilian and Van Ness Philip. Ken was preceded in death in 2010 by his wife of 52 years, Betty Anne Philip, and in 1986 by his only child, Mary Van Ness Philip, who was just 17 years old. He was educated at Brooks School in North Andover, Maine. He received his undergraduate degree and a doctorate in astronomy from Yale. Ken moved to Alaska in October 1965, joining the faculty of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska. While he worked and published in radio astronomy and taught undergraduate astronomy, his first love was always Lepidoptera: butterflies. From age 7, at Camp Treetops in the Adirondacks, Ken pursued that love of butterflies. In 1975, he retired from the Geophysical Institute and worked fulltime on butterflies. Ken, with the assistance of some 600 volunteers, through the years developed one of the largest privately held collection of butterfly specimens in the world. It would become the second-largest collection of arctic and boreal butterflies in the world.  He founded the Alaska Lepidoptera Survey, and you may have seen his yellow pickup with the "INSECT" license plate around Fairbanks. As a research associate for the Smithsonian, the Institute of Arctic Biology and the University of Alaska museum, Ken collected butterflies in Alaska, Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, northeast Russia and Greenland. Ken's interests went far beyond butterflies. He was a gifted photographer, an astonishing audiophile with a deep knowledge of classical music, and a true bibliophile, with a collection of more than 10,000 books. He had impressive computer programming skills, writing RangeMapper, one of the earliest geomapping programs. With his brother, Davis, he published articles on fractals. His range of interests was boundless. Ken served as vice president and on the executive council of the Lepidopterists' Society for many years, and was associate editor of its journal. He was a founding member of Apple Moose, the Interior Alaska Apple users' group.  He was a strong friend to dozens of people in Fairbanks and around the world. He is survived by his two brothers, Peter (Sabina) and Davis (Kristina), and one niece, three nephews and nine great-nephews and great-nieces. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends as he loved life and lived it to the fullest. A celebration of Ken's life will be held at 6 p.m. June 10 at Taiga Center, Wedgewood Resort. Read Obituary
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Anne Martha Powers, 93, a longtime Fairbanks resident passed away at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with family at her side March 9, 2014. She was born March 23, 1920, in Rock Island, Ill., to Hans and Martha Staecker. Anne grew up in the Chicago area and first worked for the Rock Island Railroad during World War II. She transferred to the railroad's office in California where she met Kenneth Powers, a Marine on leave, who would soon become her husband. Ken and Anne married in 1945. Their first son, James, was born in 1947 followed by Gary in 1949. Shortly after the birth of Gary, the family packed up and traveled the Alcan Highway to Fairbanks to start their Alaska adventures. Another son, Jon, was born to them in 1954, and then in 1959, their only daughter, Kathy, joined the family. Besides raising her family, Anne worked at the University of Alaska for 22 years in the comptroller's office. Anne loved her children and their families. Her home resembled Grand Central Station with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren popping in to visit or offer a helping hand. Her refrain was, "I welcome all interruptions." She maintained an adventurous spirit all throughout life that included 64 years in Alaska with several trips along the Alcan Highway. Anne will be remembered for her loving kindness, unfailing encouragement when needed and consistently going the extra mile for her family. She also will be remembered for her acute memory and quick sense of humor, as well as her tremendous love for chocolate. Up until she went to sleep for the last time, she remained engaged and interested in the lives of all her family, which consists of Jim and Ruby Powers and their children, Kevin and Lynn Powers, and their children, Ethan, Bethany and Lauren; Michael Powers; Lori and Clint Campbell, and their children, Cameron and Caitlin; Jessica Powers; Gary and Diana Powers, and their children, Shane Powers, and his wife, Kyndall; Jaime and Dustin Witte and their children, Kaydence and Ashlyn; David Powers; Jon and Suzanne Powers and their children, Ashley and Jennifer; Kathy and Milo Crawford and their daughter, Anne Marie, and her husband, Bob Revermann, and their daughter, Karah. Next year was always going to be her winning year for the Nenana Ice Classic. Recently, she missed by just a few minutes. This year, the ice will go out without her. Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Ken, and by one grandson, Jeff Borchert. A memorial service will be held this summer at Northern Lights Memorial Park. Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Read Obituary
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