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Berry, Ernest  
Ernest Alder Berry, 76, passed away on March 23, 2015. Graveside service with military honors, will be held at 3 p.m. June 30 at Birch Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 28, 2015
Hardesty, John  
John Harley Hardesty passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on June 18, 2015, after a short and courageous battle with cancer. John was born May 29, 1956, to John Riley Hardesty and Lois Jean (Hilder) at Oakland Naval Base in California. John was the eldest of five siblings and an older brother to many foster children who joined their merry family. He was quite the leader and adventurer, so it came as no surprise when John joined his father in Alaska one summer when he was 13 and moved back permanently at age 16. In Alaska, he not only fell in love with the rugged lifestyle but also met the love of his life, Denise Taylor. They married in the summer of 1977. Their marriage produced five children and many good times enjoying all the state had to offer. When John wasn't working doing sheetrock and taping, he enjoyed taking family and friends road-tripping, hunting, fishing, camping, rock hunting, gold panning and berry picking. He was a champion blueberry picker, always high-grading the biggest ones to bring back to his wife, Denise, so she could make her famous blueberry buckle. John was the grill-master at most family functions, although it was his delicious fruit salad that he was best known for and it was anticipated every holiday. John was loved and loved deeply and will be missed by all who knew him. He was a true-blue friend and always willing to help others. John had an easy way about him and could make anyone smile and laugh in even the hardest times. John was preceded in death by his son, John J. Hardesty; father, John R. Hardesty; father-in-law, Jesse Taylor; mother-in-law, Alma (Mayo) Taylor; grandmother, Irene Hilder; grandfather, Otto Hilder; and uncle, Robert Hilder. He is survived by his wife, Denise; daughters, Katie Hardesty-Wilson (Michael), Lois Hardesty, and Michelle Hardesty; son, Jeremiah Hardesty; mother, Lois Jean March; stepfather, Tony March; grandson, Jack Wilson; siblings, Michael (Sherri) Hood, Gigi (Brian) Walker, Steven March, and Kelly March; brother-in-law Jesse (Brenda) Taylor; sisters-in-law, Marlene Taylor and Jane Taylor; aunts, Carol Hilder and Edna Harrison Hilder; special cousin Aaran Hilder; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and too many friends to count. Services will be held Monday, June 29, 2015, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church on Second Avenue in Fairbanks. A viewing will be held at 11 a.m., with services at noon followed by burial and a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. There will be a potluck celebration of John's life at the back of St. Matthew's parish hall at 4:30 p.m. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 28, 2015
Hotrum, George "Mick"  
George "Mick" Hotrum, 71, passed away peacefully June 19, 2015, in Missoula, Montana. Mick and his wife, Eileen, had just begun settling in at Polson, Montana, after moving from their home in Spokane, Washington. Mick was born to George and Marion Hotrum on May 27, 1944, in Spokane and had deep family ties to the area. Mick was the third of four Hotrum children, with older brothers Larry and Lanny and his younger sister Dianne. Mick shared many childhood memories of hard work for his father in the family tree-cutting business as well as building houses throughout the West Plains area of Spokane. Mick and his brothers inherited the gene for speed and fearlessness from their father, often drag racing each other back and forth through Hangman Creek Valley. His father would buy each of the boys an old car every once in a while at auction to take out in the fields for demolition derbies. Mick never lost the enjoyment of making anything with an engine go faster ... and louder. He attended Eastern Washington State University and Cascade College after high school but soon followed his brother, Lanny, to Alaska and never looked back. Mick loved everything Alaska had in store. He was well known for his large stature and even larger personality.  He was an avid hunter who had many close encounters during adventures in the wild. The stories from his many adventures out in the wilderness are the stuff of legend that will be told and retold by his family and friends to keep his memory alive. Mick had a charismatic personality that drew everyone to him.  He was larger than life and his humor made people feel comfortable and his stories fascinated them.  He delighted in spending time with people. He loved his God more than anything and always shared that part of his life with those he met. In Juneau, he met Sharon Baker. Mick and Sharon married in 1967 and had three daughters, Tonja, Katrina and Tara. His daughters meant the world to him. Mick enjoyed spending family time camping, hunting, restoring vintage automobiles, drag racing, coaching his daughters' teams, volunteering at his church and giving assistance to those in need. Mick's parents were missionaries and he passed down the importance of helping others to his girls.  The girls also will never forget his unique sense of humor and looked forward to his daily jokes. His daughters, sons in law and their children loved him very much. Grandpa Mickey, otherwise known as Grandpa Bearkiller, would light up whenever his grandchildren would call.  Mick married his childhood sweetheart, Eileen, in 2003 in Tucson, Arizona.  Mick transformed the 10 country acres in Spokane into a beautiful park, and he enjoyed it every day. He delighted in having people over and had many large barbecues where stories of his exploits permeated the gathering. There was no better evening than listening to him and visiting Alaska friends retell their adventures. They traveled as often as they could with their little varmints, Diesel and Moxie, always making visits to family and friends the priority, while making time for car shows along the way. Mick never slowed down. Even as his health failed he always had something new he wanted to try, somewhere to go and someone new to meet.  He was busy doing those very things on his very last day. One of Mick's best friends, Jim, said it best when he said that Mick had just won the Race of Life and he's looking down upon us waiting for us to catch up. Mick was preceded in death by his mother and father; grandparents, Richard and Nina Bush and Fred and Mary Hotrum; brothers, Larry Kappler and Lanny Hotrum; and brother-in-law Gordon Smith as well as many friends. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; sister, Diane Hotrum; sister-in-law, Jeanette Smith; daughters, Tonja Hotrum (Joe), Trina Lopez (Tim), and Tara Thompson (Frank); grandchildren, Calvin, Alonso, Dylan, Madison, Gannon, Keegan, Ramsay, Tessa and Baylee; and several nephews and nieces. His family and many friends will miss him greatly. A celebration of life service is planned at 2 p.m. July 13 at Spokane Bethel Nazarene Church in Spokane, Washington. The service will be assisted by longtime friend Dave Wilson. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 28, 2015
Hurst III, Harmon D.  
Harmon D. Hurst III, 62, of Fairbanks, passed away on June 18, 2015. A celebration of life with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6 at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. The Rev. Derek Dickerson to officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Red Cross of Alaska in his name. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. 
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 1, 2015
Koogler, Casey  
Casey Koogler life began in Reedsport, Oregon, born to parents Willis and Faye Koogler on May 21, 1944. Casey passed away suddenly after an early morning bike ride in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, on June 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Karen; son and best friend, Chris; granddaughter, Casey; mother, Faye Daugherty; sisters, Sandria Robertson and Nila Markeson, Jon Victorino and family; several nieces and nephews; many, many close friends; and two beloved Cavalier spaniels His early life laid the foundation for a lifetime of sports and love of the outdoors. He was on the swim team at Reedsport High School, graduating in 1962. He then continued his education, earning a Bachelor or Arts degree in recreation at the University of Oregon. After serving in Vietnam as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, his career began as a recreational swimming pool manager in the San Francisco Bay area, then continued in program administration and helping design and install the Hamme and Wescott pools for the Fairbanks North Star Borough in Fairbanks. He then changed career paths, becoming a firefighter/paramedic for the Fairbanks Fire Department, where he later retired. Casey and Karen ultimately made their home in Lake Havasu City, where they loved the heat and pursued their passions for sailing, kayaking and cycling. Casey's other passion was projects, including his home, and the ongoing restoration of a 1948 Buick. Casey loved, laughed and joked with everyone he knew. He was a true character, well known as a loser of keys, rescuer of puppies, epic ski crasher, terrible trip planner, camper, flirt, bike fixer, handyman, teacher, funny picture taker, road tripper, lifelong athlete, patient and wonderful dad and grandfather, uncle, and brother in law. He was an evolved and caring soul who will be dearly missed. A memorial celebrating Casey's life for his Alaska family and friends is being planned in the Fairbanks area later this summer. Time and location will be announced later.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 1, 2015
Koogler, Casey Glenn  
Casey Koogler's life began in Reedsport, Oregon, born to parents Willis and Faye Koogler on May 21, 1944. Casey passed away suddenly after an early morning bike ride in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, on June 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Karen, son and best friend Chris, granddaughter Casey, mother Faye Daugherty, sisters Sandria Robertson and Nila Markeson, Jon Victorino and family, several nieces and nephews, many many close friends and two beloved Cavalier Spaniels. His early life laid the foundation for a lifetime of sports and love of the outdoors. He was on the swim team at Reedsport (Oregon) High School, graduating in 1962. He then continued his education, earning a BA in recreation at the University of Oregon. After serving in Vietnam as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, his career began as a recreational swimming pool manager in the San Francisco Bay area, then continued in program administration, eventually helping design and install the Hamme and Wescott pools for the Fairbanks North Star Borough here in Fairbanks. He then changed career paths, becoming a firefighter/paramedic for the Fairbanks Fire Department, where he later retired. Casey and Karen ultimately made their home in Lake Havasu City, where they loved the heat, and pursued their passions for sailing, kayaking and cycling. Casey's other passion was projects, including his home, and the ongoing restoration of a 1948 Buick. Casey loved, laughed and joked with everyone he knew. He was a true character, well known for a loser of keys, rescuer of puppies, epic ski crasher, terrible trip planner, camper, flirt, bike fixer, handyman, teacher, funny picture taker, road tripper, lifelong athlete, patient and wonderful dad and grandfather, uncle and brother-in-law. He was an evolved and caring soul, who will be dearly missed. A memorial celebrating Casey's life for his Alaska family and friends is being planned in the Fairbanks area later this summer; time and location T.B.A. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 29, 2015
Miscovich, Andrew  
Andrew Miscovich, 53, of Fairbanks passed away on June 18, 2015. Service information and a full obituary to follow at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 26, 2015
Puller, Darel Jay  
McMinnville, Tennessee, resident and Portland, Oregon, native Darel Jay Puller, age 66, was born Aug. 15, 1948, and died June 22, 2015, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after an accident. He was a retired plumber and pipefitter in North Pole, the owner and operator of Kings Garden Nursery in McMinnville, Tennessee, an Army veteran of Vietnam and a member of Friendship The Baptist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee. He was the son of the late James Elton and Lelia Irene Bates Puller. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by granddaughter, Cassandra Belinda Puller, and brother-in-law, Donald Keith. He was married March 22, 1980, to Belinda Nolan Puller, of McMinnville, Tennessee. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children and spouses, Michael and Gathy Puller, of Fairbanks; Wade Puller, of Kasilof; James "Tim" Puller, of McMinnville, Tennessee; and Tamara Puller and fiance Jeremy Wilson, of McMinnville, Tennessee; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Puller, and Larry and Vicki Puller, all of Washington; two sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara Keith, of Washington, and Clare and Dave Marron, of Montana; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. (Central time) Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Friendship The Baptist Church in McMinnville, Tennessee, with Jason Brown and Paul Roberts officiating, and full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. (Central time) Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at High Funeral Home. Mr. Puller will be cremated following the service. Donations can be made to the Puller family in a benefit account for Darel J. Puller at Homeland Community Bank in McMinnville, Tennessee. Arrangements by High Funeral Home, in McMinnville, Tennessee. For more information, call (931) 473-2137. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 28, 2015
Ratzlaff, Levi  
Wasilla resident, Levi Charles Ratzlaff, 78, passed away at home June 9, 2015. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Wasilla Christian Church, 2201 S Knik-Goose Bay Rd. Levi was born Feb. 12, 1937, in Rosemount, Minnesota, to Charles and Caroline (Hagemeister) Ratzlaff. He was raised in Minnesota, helping his dad with the milk routes as a kid and working at Smith's Granery; he graduated from Rosemount High School in 1955. Levi met Donna "Marlene" Mort, his future wife; and in October 1958, Levi and Marlene married, residing in Apple Valley. In 1969, Levi, Marlene and their family moved to Alaska. First settling in Anchorage, the family moved to Wasilla in the early '70s; Levi was working for Wien Airlines at the time but spent most of his time in the valley working as a dump truck driver. Levi lived in Unalaska for a short time while working as a longshoreman for Sealand but returned to Wasilla and worked as a dump truck driver for Knik Landscaping. When Levi wasn't working, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and tractors. His family stated, "Levi was a supportive husband and family man. He cared about others and enjoyed acquaintances with many people throughout Alaska. He checked in with many friends and family frequently the last few years. He loved the Lord and enjoyed singing of his Savior; he was always listening and singing along with KJNP/KJHA." Levi is survived by his sons, Gary (Monique) and Greg (Brenda) Ratzlaff, both of Wasilla; daughter, Rochelle (Rev. JR) Markle, of Barrow; granddaughters, Rachel (Luther) Howem, of North Pole, Rebekah Ratzlaff, of Oregon, Amilynn Luther, of Yakima, Washington, Rachael McDowell, of Wasilla, Sarah Luther and Kristin Torgerson, both of Fairbanks, and Alicia Markle, of Barrow; grandsons, Zachaery Ratzlaff, of Wasilla, and Sean Markle, of Anchorage; great grandchildren, Fraeya and Gunnaer McDowell, Kaylee Torgerson, Cullen Betts, Halee, Elizabeth and Katie Howe; brother, David Ratzlaff, of Minnesota; and many other cousins and extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Caroline; his wife, Marlene Ratzlaff; and his sisters, Alvera and Gloria. Cremation Society of Alaska/MatSu is caring for Levi and his family. Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting www.alaskacremation.com
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 3, 2015
Schallock, Eldor "Lefty"  
Longtime Fairbanks resident Eldor "Lefty" Schallock passed away peacefully March 4, 2015, at age 77, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He endured a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. Lefty was born Dec. 18, 1937, to Eldor F. and Mabel Schallock in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marshfeld Senior High School in 1955. Lefty married Polly on Oct. 24, 1957, in Wisconsin. They moved to Fairbanks on Dec. 7, 1957, so Lefty could attend college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They settled down in College and made it their home. They were blessed with two children, Todd and Stacey. Lefty received his Bachelor of Science degree on May 28, 1962, and his Master of Science degree with a major in fisheries. Lefty was the first student to graduate from UAF with a master's degree in fisheries. Lefty was an athlete throughout his life. He had a love for basketball and continued is love of the game by becoming an official. He made many lasting friendships, both playing and refereeing all across the state. Anyone who knew Lefty knew they could find him at the ballfield in the summer or at the dog mushers track in the winter. When he wasn't racing dogs, he would be doing color commentary. Many will remember seeing him in a Tommy's Elbow Room or Big I jersey. Throughout his years in the community he made countless friends and will be mostly remembered by his warm smile, humor, and compassionate heart. It was his wish to have his ashes spread in Kachemak Bay, where he enjoyed a weekend of fishing every summer with his longtime friend Wes Humbyrd. Wes and the family set a portion of his ashes adrift at his favorite fishing spot aboard the Nights Edge fishing vessel May 23, after a day of successful fishing. The remainder of his ashes will be spread at the Delta Clearwater soon after the celebration of life. He was preceded in death by both his mother, Mabel, and father, Eldor. He will be remembered by his ex-wife, Pauline Schallock; son, Todd (Irene) Schallock; daughter, Stacey (Mike) Roy; and grandchildren, Kory and Kourtney Roy. He is also survived by his ex-wife Donna Schallock, and her family, and his extended family in Wisconsin. Please join us at 6 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Mushers Hall on Farmers Loop for a celebration of life. Please come and share your memories.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 1, 2015
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