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Campbell, Leslie Joan  
Leslie Joan Campbell, 65, passed at 5:28 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. A celebration of Leslie's life will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30 in the Ann Wien Elementary School Auditorium. A full obituary will be published at a later date.
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Campbell, Leslie Joan  
Leslie Joan Campbell, 65, left us all too soon April 26, 2016 in Fairbanks, surrounded by family and friends. She was born on Oct. 21, 1950, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, to Helen Lenore McNulty and Thomas Eugene Perkins. She met the love of her life, Joseph Campbell, when she lived in Fresno, California. She attended the University of Oregon, in Eugene, earning a bachelors and a masters degree in speech and language pathology. She became a flight attendant for Wien Airlines. She gave outstanding service in a variety of roles to the Fairbanks School District for 37 years, working at Aurora, Nordale, Pearl Creek, Ticasuk Brown and University Park Elementary Schools, before becoming the principal of Anne Wien Elementary. She was well-known as an education leader and mentor. Leslie was a tireless advocate for children, organizing programs to provide for their educational and daily needs. Her most important goal was that the children under her care were fed, had clothing, warm tummies and healthy brains. She was a pioneer in the field of special education, being the first to implement inclusion for children with special needs in the FNSBSD. She developed a speech contest giving children the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, increased their ability to think under pressure and enhanced their self concepts. It quickly grew to be a district-wide contest, and many top community leaders and educators became judges and were so impressed by the quality of the speeches, poise of the children and the enthusiasm of the community for such a substantive extracurricular activity. Every participant received recognition for participation and great praise and encouragement. Many have gone on to become professionals in our community. During the course of her career, she received numerous awards for her excellence as an educator including British Petroleum Teacher of Excellence Award 1998, Alaska State Elementary Principal of the Year 2006, and National Elementary Principal of the Year 2009. Leslie was dedicated to her family and friends and was always the first person they relied on for support and encouragement. She was well-known for her enthusiastic laugh and endless energy. This world will not be the same without her. She always wanted her loved ones to know how important they were, often asking, "Do you know how much you mean to me?" Leslie is survived by her husband, Joseph, and son, Mark; sisters Pamela and Shelley, brothers-in-law Chuck and Danny, nieces Daniele, Stephanie, Nikki and Chelsea, nephews Jason, Rhett, Nicholas, Todd and Kenny, great-nieces Mackenzie and Jordyn, and great-nephews Mason, Blake and Gavin. A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Anne Wien Elementary in the gymnasium. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, May 2 at Saint Raphael's Church. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have donations sent to the "Leslie's Children" fund at Mount McKinley Bank, a new foundation established in Leslie's honor to feed local children.
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Chaffin, Veronica Leah  
A beautiful chaos celebration and burial of Veronica Leah Chaffin will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Birch Hill Cemetery. Anyone who wants to be in the funeral procession and honor Leah's last ride in the back of her eldest son's pickup truck is invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home, located at 415 Illinois St., and join the caravan to Birch Hill. Veronica passed away Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, and a ceremony was held April 6.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 3, 2016
Doolittle, Dr. William "Bill"  
Dr. William "Bill" Doolittle was born in Cheshire, Connecticut, in 1929 to Joseph and Geraldine Doolittle. He graduated from the University of Vermont and received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine where he was accepted in the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical fraternity. He interned at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and was later chief of internal medicine at Bassett Army Hospital on Fort Wainwright and section two of Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C. Doolittle is considered an expert in cold weather injuries. After receiving the Meritorius Service Medal and the Legion of Merit, Doolittle retired from the Army to become chief of staff at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, a position he held for five terms. Doolittle played a pivotal role in resolving nursing recruitment and retention issues during the challenging times of the trans-Alaska pipeline construction. In 1973, Doolittle was a partner in a $3 million medical office project, now known as the Lathrop Medical and Dental Arts Building. He was certified in the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow in the American College of Physicians. He has served in the medical branches of both the Air Force and the Army, and for several years was based in Greenland. Dr. Doolittle was appointed director of research at the Arctic Medical Research Lab in Alaska. He was honored in Iceland for medical rescue work above the Arctic Circle and was later awarded the US. Army commendation medal. He was a member of Sojourner's and the Rotary Club of Fairbanks for several years and a past president of Rotary. He was appointed to the board of trustees of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority for two five-year terms. He retired from the Army in July of 1973 as a lieutenant colonel He opened a practice, Fairbanks Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Center in the Medical and Dental Arts Building. Dr. David Grauman joined the practice and thereafter Dr. Michael Carroll and Dr. Jeff Partnow joined the practice. Dr. Doolittle retired in July 1997. He was a member of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital staff, and a trustee for the Greater Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation for several years, and remained a Trustee Emeritus until his death April 25, 2016.   He was married to his first wife, Arvilla Jean Boswell and they had a son, William L. Doolittle. In 1982, he married Marla Rescott. He is survived by his wife, Marla Doolittle; his son, William L. Doolittle, three step-children Frank Santora, Joan Santora Brossia, and Jeannine Santora, and two grandchildren Geoffrey and Allison Doolittle. At Bill's request there will be no service. Bill suggested making a donation to Hospice Services through the Greater Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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Durham, Leon Ron  
Ron Durham passed away quietly on April 24, 2016, at the age of 74. He was born, the oldest of twins on Jan. 4, 1942, to Luther and Maggie in Denison, Texas, and moved with the family to California in 1944 at the age of 2. Ron married Karen in 1959 and had four children. The two divorced, and Ron re-married Dana in 1977, having one daughter. After separating from Dana, Ron met his current wife and widow, Ginger, and raised her two young daughters as his own. Ron wore many hats throughout his life including working at a veterinary clinic (as he always loved animals), serving in the U.S. Navy, building swimming pools, risking his life in the Rubido Fire Department and working construction in Texas. In 1974, Ron joined his brother, Harold Ray, in the beautiful state of Alaska where he worked at Donnybrook Lumber until 1980 when he started working for the state of Alaska as a heavy equipment operator for the Department of Transportation and the Fairbanks International Airport until retiring in 1996 and moving to Oregon. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed trapping, hunting, fishing and camping, which he loved to share with his family by giving constant advice. He enjoyed golfing, racket ball, coaching women's and girl's softball and often was caught watching multiple games at once on TV, and frequently missed the best parts. Ron had a great sense of humor and loved his family and friends. He attended his kids' softball, basketball, track and other sports events along with choir and orchestra concerts throughout his kids' school years. Later in life Ron became a landscaper and enjoyed creating perfection in everything he did. But, as known to all friends and family, when he was done for the day, all he had to say is "I got my boots off." He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his dad and mom, Luther and Maggie; sister Verginia, brother Harold Ray, and daughter Laurie. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ginger; son Chuck, daughters Debra, Dorothy, Michelle, Janae, and Jona, brothers Don and John, 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City, Oregon. Donations can be made to the Tillamook Animal Shelter in his name.
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Hedding, Gary Wayne  
Gary Wayne Hedding passed away April 24, 2016, in Fairbanks. Gary was born Dec. 9, 1945 to Rita and Floyd Hedding in Hartford, Connecticut.  He was a resident of Alaska for more than 20 years, living in Two Rivers for a time but primarily in North Pole. He worked as a floor installer, sub-contracting locally and around the state, and enjoyed the opportunity to help others by installing floors in a Habitat for Humanity home.  A member of the U.S. Marines, he served during the Vietnam war. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Hedding, of North Pole; his sons, Aaron Hedding, of Keene, New Hampshire, and John Hedding, of Dallas, Texas; and his step-sons, Charles McCauley, Dave McCauley and Samuel McCauley, all of North Pole. A celebration of life was held April 30 at Northern Lights Free Will Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor David Fogarty.
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Nelson, Steven E.  
Steven E. Nelson, 49, of Nampa, Idaho, died April 29, 2016. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home, Idaho. The Funeral Home can be reached at 208-587-0612.
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Rathbone Sr., Quenten Commodore  
Long time Alaska resident Quenten Commodore Rathbone Sr. passed away April 20, 2016, on his 61st wedding anniversary, surrounded by family. Quenten was born on June 29, 1927, in Pensacola, North Carolina, to Commodore and Pansy Arrowood Rathbone. In 1950, Quenten enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany as a mechanic. After returning home, he worked construction, operating heavy equipment throughout the South. While working in Alabama, he met Barbara Jean Copeland, and they were married in Demopolis, Alabama, on April 20, 1955.  In 1956, Quenten and Barbara moved to Fairbanks and started their family. Quenten worked for the City of Fairbanks and St. Joseph's Hospital until 1963, when he moved the family to Anderson. Quenten worked at Clear Air Force Station until retiring in 1987, after a 60-year career in Operating Engineers, Local 302. During retirement, Quenten and Barbara "snowbirded" to Mobile, Alabama, and "motorhomed" all points in between. Quenten is known for his love of fishing. People said, "He could catch fish in a mud puddle." His children have many travel memories with more than 30 round trips over the Alcan Highway. During his many years in Alaska, Quenten witnessed many historical events: 1959-Alaska Statehood, 1964-Earthquake, 1967-Flood in Fairbanks, and construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline from 1974-1977. He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Rathbone; sister Virginia Jarrett, children Kathy and Doug Maydole, Quente, Jr. and Margaret Pierce, Julianne Rathbone, Charlie Rathbone, B.J. and Dave O'Donnell, and grandchildren Jason, Amy and Zach Maydole, Sheana Rathbone, Aaron Rathbone, Matthew and Amyann Pierce, Cody and Reed Rathbone and David (Charisse) and Chipper O'Donnell, all of Alaska. Quenten has three great-grandchildren: Taylor and Danny O'Donnell and Jacob Rathbone. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Alzheimer's CURE Foundation Inc. Mass will be held at noon Saturday, April 30, at Holy Cross Parish, 2627 Lore Road in Anchorage. Reception will follow at the home of B. J. and Dave O'Donnell, located at 13220 Mountain Place Drive in Anchorage. Cards can be mailed to P.O. Box 221904, Anchorage, AK 99522.
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Skinner, Susan Marie Chally  
Susan Marie Chally Skinner was born March 28, 1951, in Portland, Oregon. She lived with her parents, Lowell and Edna Chally near North Bend, Oregon, as a young child and attended Sunnyhills Elementary School. The family moved to Heppner, Oregon, in 1960 where she graduated from Heppner High School in 1969. She was involved in music, skiing and was a life guard at the local pool. She continued her education at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, where she eventually graduated with a degree in sociology. She met her future husband, Dale Skinner, while attending NCC and they were married March 17, 1973. The couple resided in Salem and had two sons, Benjamin Isaac and Zachary David. It was here she began a successful career in public service. She worked for the state of Oregon in Salem from 1977 until the family moved to Salcha in the fall of 1984. In 1987 Sue moved to North Pole, where she resumed her career in public service for the state of Alaska from which she retired after 24 years of dedication to her profession. Sue cared deeply about the people she worked with, and her honest compassion and kindness were readily apparent to all who met her. Her co-workers and friends admired her for her professionalism, compassion, generosity, competence, honesty, and hard work. When her co-workers came to her with a question, she always made them feel as if they were the most important person at that moment in time. Sue was a civil war buff and avid consumer of the history from that era. She loved to take long drives in her Miata with the top down. She enjoyed all animals but was a cat lover extraordinaire. Sue passed peacefully in her sleep April 2, 2016, in Auburn, Washington. Sue is survived by her sons, Ben, of Sterling, Colorado, and Zak, of Puyallup, Washington; her grandson, Jake, of Fairbanks; a sister, Laurie Marcum, of Baker City, Oregon, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Edna Chally, and her nephew, Jake Marcum. She will be interred next to her parents in La Grande, Oregon. Services will be held at 2 p.m. May 7 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in North Pole. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to your local humane society or animal protection charity.
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