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Bailor, Jerald  
Jerald Bailor Jerald Bailor, born March 28, 1938, went home to his savior on March 14, 2015, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Jerald and his loving wife, Pat, lived in Alaska from 1974 to 2005 from Anchorage to Fairbanks.  He was preceded in death by his father, Bill; his mother, Merlin, and brothers Darrell and Byron. He is survived by his sister, Billie; wife Pat, children Joe, Martha, Scott and Will, and their spouses, respectively, Anita, Estes, Leann and Julie, 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 26, 2015
Bender, Patricia Irene Victoria "Pat"  
Patricia Irene Victoria Bender, devoted mother, wife, "Nana" and grandmother departed from this world Feb 1, 2015, surrounded by her children and loved ones in Las Vegas. Patricia was born in 1946 in Qua Fen Common, Soham, England, to David and Robinella Barber, the youngest of 11 children.  Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Kenny, and sister Carol, and her loving husband, George Albert Bender. She is survived by her children, Sharon Bender, of Anchorage; Julie Hixson, of Las Vegas; George Bender, of North Pole; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren with one on the way.  "Pat" was a devoted military wife and mother. Her husband served and her son serves in the U.S. Air Force, and her son-in-law served in the U.S. Army. She always opened her home to U.S. military members, no matter the branch, to make sure they had a touch of home even if they were not at home.  She enjoyed camping, fishing and knitting. Her favorite place was Summit Lake in Alaska. Patricia will be missed by all that came to know her; she was an amazing woman who touched the lives of many. Her family said, "We will forever be in her debt for all that she taught and sacrificed for us. Mum, there are two things we will always take with us and pass on as your legacy: "Barber shoulders" because that's where we come from and we shall endure; and when times get rough, as they will, as you always told us, "Chin up, Mate." Rest in peace, Mum; we love you."
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 25, 2015
Berry, Ernest Alder  
Ernest Alder Berry, 76, went to heaven on Monday, March 23, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. He was born April 18, 1938, to Alder and Irene Berry in the little northern town of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. Ernie was the oldest of four children, followed by Ronald, Robert and Lola. His father was a railroad line worker and his mother a waitress at the local diner, The Jewel Café. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1956 where he played every sport offered, including football, basketball, track and his favorite - baseball. Following high school, he immediately joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Fort Snelling Air Force Base in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served a four-year term there during peace time. During his term there, he met the love of his life, Ramona Svoboda, who also was stationed at Fort Snelling. They were then married in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Ramona's family lived. After leaving the Air Force, Ernie was hired by the Lincoln Police Department, where he spent the next 31 years, ending with the rank of lieutenant. During his 31 years in Lincoln, he and his wife raised three children, Teresa, Pamela and Steve. Ernie also had part-time jobs including working for St. Elizabeth's Hospital in security, McDonald's Restaurant as security, Gateway Mall as security and he was also an instructor for the Adult Education Program/Psychology Department at the University of Lincoln. He graduated from University of Nebraska Omaha with a bachelor of science in criminal justice in 1974 and continued his education at University of Nebraska Lincoln, graduating summa cum laude with a master's degree in adult education in the top 3 percent of his class. After retiring from the Lincoln Police Department, he and his wife decided to move closer to grandchildren in Alaska. He was hired by the North Slope Borough of Alaska as a public safety officer and worked in six of the nine villages over a nine year period. After retiring a second time, they moved to Fairbanks. He was soon bored and began employment at NOAA and worked there until June 2014. He was a member of the Nebraska Alumni Association, the National Safety Council, the Police Officers Association of Nebraska, the Lincoln Track Club, the International Association of Footprinters and the Knights of Columbus, Fairbanks. He was a coordinator for the Alaska International Senior Games in Fairbanks for several years. He was also a Red Cross CPR Instructor for NOAA employees, where he was employed, finishing his last class just two weeks prior to his passing. His favorite hobby was running; small runs all the way up to marathons. His most memorable marathon was the Boston Marathon. He started running when he was 41 years old and never stopped. He ran at almost every event in Fairbanks all through summer of 2012. At that time, he slowed down a bit and started fast-walking at the Dipper every day. In June 2014, he was hospitalized, and after testing, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He has gone to heaven now to run those marathons on the "streets of gold."  He is survived by his wife, Ramona; children Teresa, Pamela and Steven; grandchildren Tracy, Rebecca, Vianne, Jackson, Nicholas, Christen, and Michael; great-grandchildren McKinley, Austin, Edward, Thearalinna, and Claire; siblings Ronald, Lola and Robert (deceased). 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 Mar. 30, 2015
Berry, Ernest Alder  
Ernest Alder Berry, 76, of Fairbanks, died on Monday, March 23, 2015. Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1125 Old Steese Highway North in Fairbanks.  Viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, with funeral Mass starting at 1 p.m. at St Raphael Catholic Church. A reception at 2 p.m. will immediately follow Mass. A full obituary will follow at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 26, 2015
Duhon, Wallace  
Wallace "Wally" Duhon, 93, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his home in Scott, Louisiana.  Funeral services were held March 28 in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille Funeral Home in Layfayette, Louisiana. Interment was in Fountain Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Wally served his country for more than two years in India and Burma as a bulldozer operator, building the "Burma Road" during World War ll. He contributed to the building of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, and was a retired member of Local 302 operators engineers in Fairbanks. A couple of great joys in his life was the experience of driving around Fairbanks in his 1951 restored tan colored Ford pickup, and going on an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWll memorial. He was an Alaska Goldpanners fan; for more than 50 years, he never missed a Midnight Sun Baseball Game. "Wally helped a lot of Alaskans with his generosity," his friend David Czech said. "Thank you Wally; hope to see you again when we reunite with our Lord Jesus when we all get home." Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 31, 2015
Franklin, Robert "Bob"  
Robert Harold Franklin 75, "Bob" to many, of Fairbanks and North Pole, passed away accidentally Feb. 26, 2015, at Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle, from complications associated with esophageal perforation. Robert was born to Harold William Franklin and Erma Lee Franklin (Heminger) on Feb. 16, 1940, in Howell, Michigan. In a family of 10 children, Robert was the ninth child. At a young age, Robert started out to be a farmer and married at 18 on June 28, 1958, to Yvonne Mary Hill; they were married for 56 years and 8 months. Three sons were born to Robert: Vincent, Brett and Chad. His wife recalls, "Robert was a very independent person, and trucking became his life. Robert loved to tell many truck stories and lots of jokes. Robert had quite an exciting life. Early in life, Robert worked on a farm in Howell, and at the same time, drove a bulk milk truck on weekends. He was not satisfied driving only on weekends. We left Michigan and went to California. His brother, Sam, was going to get him started selling books; not Roberts line of work. Robert went to work for Alta Dena Farms, peddling milk to customers in Los Angels, then was offered a job driving truck for a non paying company. An accident put him in the hospital and out of a job. His brother, Sam, said, 'Come to Alaska, they need people to work here,' so began his job with K & W trucking. Some other jobs came along but never lasted too long; driving truck was not a very high paying job. "We moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for a short time, then came to Fairbanks, where he drove truck for KAPS Trucking, hauling pipe up and down the highway to build the oil pipe line. That finished and he went to work for Mammoth trucking, drove for awhile, and wanted to try dispatching for Mammoth until the company could no longer stay in business. Robert became the president for Alaska Farm Bureau for around 10 years and started his business as an interior processor for Alaskan Grown meat that started B-Y Farms. With lots of help from family and friends, Robert's Meat Market did a lot of business. To help when business was slow, Robert would truck for Norm, Still Hope Trucking. The meat business did not survive so Robert looked for his favorite line of work - yes, trucking. Robert went to work for Big State Logistics, Inc., as a part-time employee. A happy day it was for him and me. Big State always has been very good to him, letting him be with me so often when I was sick and needed help, his help. "Thank you, Big State, for your help and consideration. Robert loved to fish; always caught the big one. He loved to spend time with our many friends. Alaska became the home he loved more than any place else that we had ever lived. The song, 'I've Been Everywhere,' was him." Robert is survived by his wife, Yvonne Franklin, of Fairbanks, who loved him very, very much; two sons, Vincent and his wife, Cindee, of Vancouver, Washington; Brett and his wife, Tanya, of Fairbanks; daughter-in-law Katherine (Bitty), sister Jeanne Kunde Gaylord, of Michigan, sister Lorna Gardner and husband, Norman, of Krum, Texas; his aunt Mary Silsby, of Mason, Michigan; four grandchildren, Jamie Helm and her husband, Len Helm, of Las Vegas; Ryan and his soon-to-be wife, Kiennah, of Vancouver, Washington; Robert and Jayson, of Fairbanks; two great-grandchildren Jaxson Franklin and Charlotte Helm, three brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and many nephews and nieces. Those who preceded Robert in death include his father and mother, Harold and Erma Franklin; Robert's son, Chad Franklin; one brother, Sam Franklin; six sisters, Lee, Gaynelle, Martha, Dolly, Joan and Jacqueline; many uncles and aunts, and some nephews and nieces. "A special thank you to my sister, Talli, and her husband, Chris Morales, of Bakersfield, California; and to Jim Baughn and his wife, Althea, of Fowlerville, Michigan. Thank you to all of you for your concerns and loving help to me and my family when we arrived home. Robert and I have been Jehovah's Witnesses from a young age, and only recently, since 2007, have we realized we were missing out on what we believed in and hoped for. Robert will be missed by his family, countless friends and neighbors who knew him. "My heart is heavy, having lost my love and best friend. No service is planned by the Franklin family." Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 29, 2015
Gentry, Patricia E.  
Patricia E. Gentry, of Florence, Oregon, died peacefully at Regency Care Center on March 19, 2015.  She was 79 years old. At her request, no services are planned. She was born Dec. 26, 1935, in Eugene, Oregon, to Mike and Edwinyth Bolinger. She married Charles Gentry in July 1955 and together had three children. Pat and Chuck moved their family to Alaska in 1969, residing in Petersburg, Valdez and Fairbanks. In 1988, they returned to Oregon and Gentry Organic Farms, up the North Fork for several years before retiring. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Winnie; her husband, and her daughter, Patty Jo Williams.  She is survived by her son, Mike; son John and wife, Patricia Gentry, of Fairbanks; seven grandchildren Jayla, Ronnie, Evan and Amy Gentry, Zak, Mat and Sarah Williams; and great-grandson Hayden Gentry. At her request, private cremation rites were held. Burn's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 25, 2015
LaChance, Joseph Maynard  
Joseph Maynard LaChance, 94, passed away March 27, 2015, at Regency at the Park in College Place, Washington, surrounded by family. Joseph was born in Athol, Massachusetts to Frederick LaChance and Alma Rose Dupliesse on April 29, 1920. He attended Athol High School. Joseph was a veteran of World War II. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  Joseph is survived by his wife, daughter, sons, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Rita LaChance. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 1, at Mountain View Colonial DeWitt at 1551 The Dalles Military Road, in Walla Walla, Washingtonm 99362. Reception will follow at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, 715 SE 12th St., in College Place, Washington.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 1, 2015
Madonna, James  
Dr. James A. Madonna passed away March 14, 2015.  James was born in San Jose, California, on Jan. 10, 1938. His early years were spent in both Fairbanks, Alaska, and Northern California.  Everything he did from selling newspapers as a boy in Fairbanks, to rounding up snakes for his high school science class in the California desert, to teaching class at UAF, and running marathons, he did with an intensity and determination that drove him to the top of whatever he set his mind to do. His interest in rocks and mining star ted early when as a young boy he accompanied his father to the Fortymile country. This love of geology eventually lead him back to Fairbanks and the UAF where he earned a masters degree in geology. After graduation, Jim took a job as UAF Mining extension professor. He taught many students and many miners throughout his teaching career. He took pride in the fact he was teaching classes that were part of what the University of Alaska was founded on. Jim and his wife, Leah, opened Alaskan Prospector in 1973, serving the miners of interior Alaska. Their shop grew and expanded into one of the most unique shops in Fairbanks, stacked with mining supplies, rocks and minerals.  In the 1980s, Jim hosted a radio show featuring Alaska pioneers and the history of Fairbanks. These interviews were transcribed into book form: "Alaska Gold Trails."  Jim wrote several other books and produced several videos and DVDs. He was an honored speaker at many mining conferences local and worldwide.  Throughout the 1990s Jim spent a lot of time in Australia, studying and touring the opal mines. In 1996, he completed his doctorate at the University of Tasmania. Jim was passionate about everything that captured his avid attention. Running became his focus throughout his later years. He founded the Alaska Senior Games in 2003. This effort earned him the Fairbanks North Star Borough Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  A colorful and enthusiastic competitor, he set records in races ranging from 100 meters to 26.2-mile marathons. One of his proudest moments was breaking his age group record at the Equinox Marathon by two hours and two minutes in 2013. He also set a new record for the 1,500-meter race at the Laughlin, Nevada, Senior Games by finishing much less than eight minutes. This would be his final race. Jim commented to his fellow competitors, "We can't run like this forever." With those words still echoing in the air, Jim passed away. Always the colorful orator, even to the end. Alaska has lost a true and unique pioneer, he will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Leah Madonna; his cousin, Bill Suess; four step daughters, and his constant four-legged companion, Sonny. A celebration of life will be held, from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Pioneer Park Civic Center.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Jim's name be made to the Fairbanks Rescue Mission or FNSB Animal Shelter. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 29, 2015
McBride, W. Ladd  
Senior Chief Petty Officer Ladd McBride, 82, of Fairbanks, died March 15, 2015, at Agewise Assisted Living in Fairbanks. Ladd was born June 15, 1932, in Harlan, Iowa, to the late Col. Verle and Marie McBride. He was a 1950 graduate of Burlington Senior High. Upon graduating high school, Ladd enlisted in the military and served for 40 1/2 years, retiring June 30, 1992. He served in both the Navy and Army. During his military career, Ladd was twice honored as Military Person of the Year by Denver, Colorado, Post. He acted as security for President Reagan and Pope John Paul II in May 1984. Ladd was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church in Burlington, Iowa, where he married the love of his life, Shirley Bell, on Nov. 23, 1956. He attended University of Illinois, Drake University, Iowa, Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Missouri graduate and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ladd graduated from both the Institute of Photography in New York and Chicago, Illinois. He was also a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a charter member of the UAF Geography Fraternity. He taught several Elderhostel classes for UAF. He designed and help build the clean room for Ball Brothers Research Company in Boulder, Colorado, building the first operating orbital space observatory with an award received from NASA. Ladd gave much to all communities where he lived. He enjoyed water and snow skiing, flying his airplane and climbing Colorado mountains. He was a professional photographer and publisher. He greatly enjoyed his time in Alaska, especially the home he built here. He spent much of his time with his dogs, Swartzie and Pup. We wish Ladd smooth sailing and following seas. He was a member of National Association of United Services, honorary life member and past chairman on the board of directors of the Boulder Protective Oder of the Elks, and member of Colorado Columbine Caravan 5th wheel camping group. He was elected to the Fairbanks Borough Assembly, and twice elected to chair the Far North Fort Wainwright Alaska Retired Veterans Council. He was a member of the Career Counselor Anchorage and Alaska Naval Reserve Center. Ladd was invited by Honor Flight Alaska to the World War II Memorial in D.C. He volunteered on the Cripple Creek Road Service. He worked with KFAR radio as a talk show host on the Grumpy Old Men program in Fairbanks. He worked with Gov. Wally Hickel to eliminate toxic MTBE additive from gasoline in the state of Alaska. Ladd is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley McBride, of Fairbanks; son V. Alan (Nancy) McBride, grandsons Sean Alan McBride and Aaron Dale McBride, all of Colorado; brother Bob (Betty) McBride, of Michigan, and sister-in-law Lois Remerscheid, of Arkansas, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery. Memories may be mailed to McBride family, P.O. Box 83567, Fairbanks, AK 99708. Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks 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 Mar. 29, 2015
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