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Anderson, Whitten H. "Bud"  
Whitten H. "Bud" Anderson passed away peacefully May 16 at the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home with his daughter Linda and son Glen, by his side. Bud was born Sept. 11, 1929, in Casper, Wyoming. At age 10, his parents, Tury and Annette Anderson, moved him and his brother, Garth, to Fairbanks. Bud attended Fairbanks' Main School, graduating in 1947. Bud was a jack-of-all-trades and was often described by his family as the original "MacGyver." As a young teenager, Bud learned to operate and maintain heavy equipment, and like many Alaskan pioneers, he was a self-taught mechanic, welder, engineer, builder, plumber and electrician.  Bud met his California-born bride, Joyce Garvey, in Fairbanks in 1948. They married in Santa Cruz in November 1950. Bud enlisted in the Naval Construction Battalion or CBs (Seabees) as an equipment operator and was stationed in Guam during the Korean War. The Seabees were known for getting the job done at all cost and never giving up; hence their motto, "Can Do, and Done." That motto would best describe Bud's persona throughout his lifetime.  After an honorable discharge in 1952, Bud joined Joyce in California and worked as a lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Together, they spent their leisure time riding and racing motorcycles as members of the Santa Cruz Motorcycle Club. However, Alaska's allure was strong, as was his family's quest for gold, and he soon talked Joyce into moving back to Alaska.  In 1953 and 1954, the family drove the Alaska Highway from California for the summer mining seasons. Bud and Joyce joined his family to work placer claims in the Circle Mining District while residing at the Miller House along the Steese Highway. With the responsibility of raising a family, Bud sought year-round work in Fairbanks. For nearly 30 years he constructed and maintained Interior highways, alongside men and women whose friendships he treasured. One of his most memorable experiences was leading a cat-train and crew in the construction of the "Hickel Highway" in 1969. In later years, Bud and his colleagues would reminisce about the good ol' days when projects were simple and lacked the layers of "red tape." In the late 1970s, Bud was promoted to Interior region maintenance foreman where he found himself in the uncomfortable position of sitting at a desk more than he liked. It wasn't long before Bud demoted himself to work again with his respected colleagues as equipment operator prior to his retirement from the DOT in 1981.  Retirement was an anomaly for Bud as he was always being called upon for his advice, expertise and resourcefulness. Having been active with Joyce in the Fairbanks golf community for many years, Bud helped redevelop the Fairbanks Golf Course. He constructed the earth work for River's Edge Resort. He cleared land for farmers for the Delta Barley Project. He built the air strip at Healy Lake Village with his dearest friend and Healy Lake Patriarch, Paul Kirsteatter. He continued mining and learned to make gold jewelry, generously giving his gold treasures away to friends and family. During their retirement, Bud and Joyce spent the coldest winter months in Arizona, where they made a whole new set of lifelong friends. As active as they were in their personal lives, their unwavering priority was devoting time to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were extraordinary grandparents and raised the bar for the next generation.  In his early adulthood, Bud had a need for speed. He raced both motocross and riverboats. He competed in the Yukon 800 on numerous occasions while racing his personally designed boat, The Broiler, which was named after his father-in-law Chuck Garvey's local bar and restaurant of the same name. Bud's ultimate passion, however, was flying. He got his private pilot's license and bought his first airplane, a Champion Citabria 115. After a few years, Bud decided he needed a bigger workhorse for his mining ventures so he purchased a Cessna 180. In addition to shuttling to and from his mining operations, Bud made hundreds of trips to his own "Heaven on Earth," Healy Lake, where he taught his kids and grandkids to fish, hunt and enjoy the splendor of Alaska.  A year after Joyce's passing in 2011, Bud moved into the Fairbanks Pioneer Home where he was cared for by an incredible group of compassionate individuals. For the next 2 ½ years the folks at the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home made his last years special - for which the family will be forever grateful.  Bud was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Anderson; parents Tury and Annette Anderson, and wife Joyce Anderson. Bud is survived by his brother, Garth Anderson (Eva); his daughter, Linda Anderson (Steve Frank); son Glen Anderson (Maria), grandchildren Yuri Morgan (Sydney), Leon Morgan (Danae), Nicholas Otey (Shannon), Genevieve Maurits (Kirill), Mason Anderson, Ryan Anderson; and great-grandchildren Addison, Quinn and Tyson Morgan, Rory and Massie Morgan, Estelle, Ari and Marion Maurits, and Bruce Otey.  A celebration of Bud's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, in the Miners Hall at the Rivers Edge Resort. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home Foundation at 2221 Eagan Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 27, 2015
Bishop, Lilianna "Liera"  
"Lilianna 'Liera' Bishop left her life on Earth on May 28, 2015, following a long struggle with depression. She worked so hard and overcame many obstacles in her short life. In our hearts, we know she has now found peace. "Liera had a big heart and an even bigger smile, and she could light up a room with her sparkling personality. She loved challenge and adventure, and attracted people to her wherever she went. "She loved her family and friends fiercely and would go out of her way to do or say kind things for others. She was wise and insightful yet struggled to love herself in the way that she loved others. "Liera was born April 30, 1999, in Nahodka, Russia, and was adopted at 7 months by Doug and Lisa Bishop. She came home to two older brothers, Matt and Lex, and grew up in a true Alaska lifestyle. She loved to be outdoors, camping, snowmachining and boating with her cousins and friends.  "Her other great love was soccer and, despite not being able to play recently because of an injury, she hoped to return to it. She always had a special place in her heart for the Eclipse 99 girls. "Liera was recently at New Haven residential treatment center in Utah and was loved and supported by everyone there as she worked to try to conquer her depression and rebuild her life. She found such acceptance and love there and was able to rebuild many important relationships in her life with their love and guidance. We will be forever grateful. "She touched so many lives across Alaska and Utah and will be remembered for her courage, wisdom beyond her years, strength and kindness. She will be greatly missed. "A memorial service and potluck will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Birch Hill Cross Country Ski Center.  "In lieu of flowers, the Bishop family would like to suggest donations to Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption at www.fcaalaska.org/donate. We would like Liera's legacy to include providing help and support to others who may be struggling with similar issues." Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 2, 2015
Darnell, Frances Walrath  
Frances Walrath Darnell, 88, passed away in Anchorage on May 26, 2015. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home in Anchorage.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 29, 2015
Dewey, Lena E.  
Lena Elizabeth Dewey, 90, of Fairbanks, passed away Jan. 24, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, at St. Mathew's Episcopal Church, 1029 First Ave., in Fairbanks. Rev. Scott Fisher will officiate.  Following the service, she will be laid to rest at Birch Hill Cemetery. Immediately following the internment, the family invites you to celebrate Lena's life at Geraldo's Restaurant, 810 College Road. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. 
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 31, 2015
Ernst, Selma Hedwig  
Selma Hedwig Ernst passed away at Heritage Place in Soldotna on May 28, 2015. Selma was 97 years old. Her funeral is at 3 p.m. June 8 at North Kenai Chapel, located at Mile Post 29 on Kenai Spur Highway A full obituary will follow.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 2, 2015
Fox, Michael Ray  
Michael Ray Fox, 60, of Fairbanks and formerly of Asheboro, North Carolina, passed away May 16, 2015, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. After serving a time in the U.S. Marines, he worked as an electrician for Thomas Electric and moved to Alaska to work at Prudhoe Bay. He was humorous, caring, and a kind-hearted man who will truly be missed. Surviving are his mother and step-father, Barbara and Joe Thomas, of Asheboro, North Carolina; sisters Mevelyn Williams and husband Mike, of Summerville, South Carolina; Marilynn Wills and husband Jim, of Holden Beach, North Carolina; Margold Fox, of Asheboro; Gail Allred and husband Larry, of Ramseur, North Carolina; brothers Sam Fox and wife Vickie, of North Pole; Bobby Thomas and wife Debbie, of Asheboro.  He was preceded in death by his father, James F. Fox, and his brother, Benny Fox. Memorial service was held May 19 at the home of his brother, Sam Fox, in North Pole with family and friends.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 28, 2015
Hanson, Cherie  
Cherie Lynne Rice Hanson passed away in her sleep at her home in North Pole after a brief illness on March 11, 2015. Born Jan. 7, 1949, in Burbank, California, Cherie grew up in California, graduating from Los Altos High School in 1967.  Cherie, twice divorced, lived and worked as a secretary and human resources manager in Washington State and California before moving from Los Altos to Fairbanks on June 23, 1994. From 1994 until 2015, Cherie lived and worked in Fairbanks, Dutch Harbor, Salcha and North Pole.  Cherie is survived by her two twin daughters, Deitrie Hanson, of Bellevue, Washington, and Katlin Hanson, of Richland, Washington; an older brother, Jim Rice, of Henderson, Tennessee; and a half-sister, Rene Canham, of Benicia, California.  Cherie is preceded in death by her mother, Madelaine Lynne Marchand, and her father, Gilbert Anthony Rice, of California.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 31, 2015
Ingram, Robert J.  
Robert J. Ingram, 94, passed away Jan. 18, 2015. A graveside service with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at Birch Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 2, 2015
Ingram, Robert J.  
Robert J. Ingram, 94, passed away on Jan. 18, 2015. A graveside service with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Birch Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 31, 2015
Ketzler, Kaya Marie  
Church service for Kaya Marie Ketzler will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Front Street. Burial will follow the service at the Nenana Native Cemetery. Afterward, there will be a light lunch at the Parrish Hall next door to the Episcopal Church. Kaya, born Jan. 31, 2015, passed away on May 12, 2015. Contributions can be made to her mothers account, Raven Simpkins, at Alaska USA FCU, to help with transportation and funeral expenses.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on May 30, 2015
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