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Davis, Doris Lillian  
Doris Lillian Davis, 92, went home to her savior, Jesus Christ, on June 15, 2016. She was born Sept. 19, 1923, to Rupert Thomas Garrison and Goldie Helen Grahm in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was delivered by the same doctor who delivered her mother in her great aunt's house. As a teen, the family moved to Missoula, Montana, where her dad had a gold mine. She helped as a camp cook and it started her love of cooking for others. She graduated from Sheraden High School in Montana. After graduation, she attended a pharmaceutical school hoping to become a pharmacist. In a year's time, she decided that wasn't what she wanted to do. On her way home one day, she passed a sign that said "Uncle Sam needs YOU," and Doris said, "Yes, yes he does," and went and joined the Marines. She was 20 years old and was stationed in Seattle from 1943-46. Once again, she found herself cooking for others as a cook for the officers mess. She requested to be discharged in California and for a short time, she and her mother worked in a shipyard as "Rosie the riveters." Using the GI Bill, she went to the Brooks Institute of Photography and graduated as a professional portrait photographer. She met and married Frank Davis in 1956. They adopted two children, and in 1972, Frank's job as a truck engineer brought them to Fairbanks. They raised their children here and were members of Bible Baptist Church. Doris worked for a few years at The House of Wood as a framer. She loved to entertain, hold Bible studies, attend to her flower garden, read mystery books, watch late night movies and was a superb cook and baker. She could often be found helping her son, Clay, at his antique store, Elegant Memories. Doris was a sweet, soft spoken, genteel lady who loved all things Victorian and the color purple. She will be missed and was a blessing to know. A private burial was held at the Northern Lights cemetery, military section. Doris' earthly body was laid to rest between her husband and son. She is preceded in death by her parents; twin sister Dorothy Luzck; brother Ruphert Garrison Jr.; husband Frank Davis of 43 years and son Clay Davis, of Fairbanks. Doris is survived by her daughter, Karyn Davis, of West Fargo, North Dakota; her granddaughters Victoria Moulton, of Carburry Manitoba, Canada, Robyn Moulton, of West Fargo, North Dakota; and four great grandchiIdren, of Carburry Manitoba, Canada. A special thank you to her physician, Dr. Milton Wright, who always made her feel like a queen and to the staff of the Hospice of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for all their support and a special thank you to Rachel, her nurse. If you would like to remember Doris, please do so with a donation in her name to the Hospice of FMH. Doris never forgot that she was a child of God and was grateful everyday for his tender care of her. Her favorite verse was John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 26, 2016
Hessin, John Caldwell  
John (Jack) Caldwell Hessin, 89, died peacefully Saturday, March 26, 2016, from complications of cancer. He was the first of two children born to Caldwell (Coke) and Harriette (Hattie) Hessin on May 22, 1926, in Hollywood, California. Jack and wife Nancy (Needler) Hessin Graves moved from New York to Fairbanks in January 1960 to start the biggest adventure of their lives. It was here that they raised their family and grew to love all that Alaska had to offer. Jack and Nancy adopted Lynn and Lori in Anchorage on Feb. 25, 1963, and on Nov. 25, 1963, Nancy gave birth to Pam at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Jack attended Hollywood High School and graduated in 1944. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII from 1944-46 as a radio operator and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal. He attended and played football for the University of Southern California graduating with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his law degree in 1958, passing the New York Bar Exam in 1959, and was a registered attorney in the state of New York until he died. He was a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1951 to 1980. For his second career, he was a magistrate with the Fairbanks District Court until his retirement in 1996. His compassion for people and his deep understanding for the law helped him to become one of the fairest and impartial magistrates on the bench. Jack loved life and he enjoyed all activities associated with nature … skiing, fishing, hiking and camping. He was a pilot and volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol doing search and rescue. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol. He was a stock car driver. He loved football and was an avid Seahawks fan. He was active in Rotary. He was even an actor in the movie "Walk East on Beacon Street." He was dedicated to exercising and always had a dog by his side. Jack's greatest love in life was his family. He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. He is survived by his daughters, Lynn Hessin- Caron (Michael), Lori Hessin and Pam Blanton (George); and grandchildren Vanessa Reinhardt (John), Nolan Smith (Ellen), Jack Anderson, Levi Blanton, Rachel Blanton and Austin Blanton; honorary grandson Christian Coughlin; great-grandchildren Hannah Reinhardt, Jacob Reinhardt, Abigael Reinhardt and Abel Smith; honorary great-grandchild Sophia Coughlin, his favorite nieces Lisa Satter-Shaw, Heidi Kemper (Satter), Daphne Dixon (Satter) and Rachel Satter; as well as his brother-in-law, Erby Satter. Jack was preceded in death by his sister, Jill Satter, his niece, Hollie Bolen (Satter), and lifelong friend and confidant, Nancy Hessin Graves. A celebration of life will be held on 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Lakefront Anchorage, 4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to one of Jack's favorite charities: The Children's Lunchbox and Bean's Café
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 26, 2016
Morales, Kathie  
After a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, Kathie (Nuttall) Morales, 58, departed this world to be with her creator on June 9, 2016. Kathleen Lynn Nuttall was born in 1958 in Florida and moved to Alaska at 5. She attended Lathrop High School and worked various jobs as a young lady before welcoming her precious son, Daniel. Several years later, her beautiful daughter Madeleine completed her family. As a single parent, Kathie sacrificed without complaint to give her children all the opportunities she felt they deserved. She saved for years to take her children on trips both in and out of Alaska. Even when they didn't leave town, they often made the best of their summers with day trips to local lakes and weekends spent cooking out and enjoying the outdoors. Kathie's home in North Pole was full of love, and she hosted family gatherings for many happy holidays. Kathie often invited friends or acquaintances into her home who wouldn't otherwise have a family with which to share a holiday dinner. She was a kind-hearted person who would help others whenever she was able and tried to look at the positives in every situation. A proud Alaskan, Kathie truly loved everything about her home state, from the scenery to the people. She appreciated the pioneering, independent spirit of Fairbanks and chose to stay in Interior Alaska for her entire life. Her love for Alaska was so strong that when her daughter decided to treat her to a cruise of her choice after her cancer diagnosis, Kathie chose a cruise around Southeast Alaska, because she'd never seen it before. Kathie worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She enjoyed working for small companies where she could have a big impact. She loved working with numbers and finances and continued to do so until her illness forced her to stop working. When she wasn't working, she enjoyed spending time with her family, reading books, and watching sci-fi and fantasy movies, and she loved to admire black-capped chickadees in her yard, just as her mother did. Kathie's love for her family and faith in God supported her in her valiant fight and ultimately brought her peace on every step of her journey. She is survived by her children, Dan Morales and Madeleine Morales-Stanley; grandchildren, Emmalyn and Jaden Morales; brothers and sister-in-law, Robin and Sherri and Kelly Nuttall; nieces and nephews, Chris and Christy Nuttall, Jeremy Nuttall, and Amber and Dave Austin; great-nephews, Christopher, Christian, and Christoph Nuttall and Aidan Austin; her extended family; and many other loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Sharon Nuttall, and older brother David Nuttall. Her family wishes to thank Caring Bridges Assisted Living and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Hospice for their extraordinary care and compassion in her final days. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to help Kathie's children with final expenses. Deposits can be made at Alaska USA to account No. 1630785. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 22, 2016
Newman, Herb  
The family of Herb Newman would like to invite any friends in the Fairbanks area to a celebration of life Saturday, June 25, from 3 p.m. until we get tired of telling stories and stuff in true Herbie fashion. We will be celebrating at Kurt's home at 2817 Chief Alexander Drive in Fairbanks. Food and beverages will be provided. Please bring a good story to share. For more information, please call Kurt at 687-4074.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 21, 2016
Platzke, Janice Eileen  
Janice Eileen Platzke (Fox) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the family farm in Bruce Crossing, Michigan, on June 17, 2016. She was born Jan. 3, 1946, at Saint Joseph Hospital in Fairbanks to John and Eileen Fox. Janice attended Fairbanks Catholic Schools and enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to pursue a teaching degree. While at UAF, she met Rodney Platzke, recently of Bruce Crossing. Rodney and Janice were married May 25, 1966, at Immaculate Conception Church. The couple moved to the Detroit area, but the pull of Alaska proved too strong and they returned in January 1968. Work took the family to Valdez in the late 70s, but Fairbanks was always her home and they found themselves back there after a few years. When Rod retired in 1997, they again left the state, this time for the warmth of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but they returned in 2002 so that Jan could be closer to their grandchildren. Jan worked as a substitute teacher and day care center operator, but her true passion was her family. Jan's children and grandchildren meant the world to her. She was the quintessential hockey mom, managing five kids and a husband who were all active in the sport. She was a scheduler, chauffeur, scorekeeper, cheerleader, equipment manager and was an expert at bringing life back to frozen toes in between periods. To the very end, she would take her grandchildren to the University of Alaska Nanooks games every chance she got. She also enjoyed working in her garden, vacationing in Mexico, celebrating holidays with extended family, spending time at the farm that Rod grew up on in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the occasional glass of wine or two while enjoying the long Fairbanks summer days. No one who knew Jan would tell you that she was perfect, but she was greatly loved and will be terribly missed. Only three weeks before her passing, Rod and Jan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, surrounded by family. Jan was preceded in death by her mother, Eileen; father John; brother Stephen; brother Denis and step-father James Lovelady. She is survived by her husband, Rodney; son Kerry John Platzke; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Felicia Platzke; son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Kerry Lynn Platzke; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Kevin Mahler; son and daughter-in-law Craig and Yeonju Platzke; grandchildren Adrian, Rachel, Molly, Austin, Carter, Trevor, Rylan, Nari, Na Eul and Naye; sister Shelia Foster and countless nieces and nephews. Jan requested that her ashes be spread "under the clothes lines" at the farm in Bruce Crossing and at home in Fairbanks. A memorial service and celebration of life are being planned for later this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that you make a donation to the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 26, 2016
Pope, Michael  
Michael P. Pope, 51, of Fairbanks, passed away from a fatal gunshot. Michael had not been heard from since Nov. 25, 2015. He was reported missing Dec. 4, 2015. His body was discovered on his property where he was building a cabin. Michael was born Dec. 13, 1963, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He always excelled at anything he attempted. Michael was very artistically talented and taught himself to play the piano and guitar. While in high school, he marched in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, with "The All City Band," and in his senior year, was the drum major for his high school band. In 1988, Michael entered the Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Inchon (LPH 12). Nothing but the highest praise has been used to describe Michael's time with the Navy. During his time with the Navy, he was once recommended for the "Sailor of the Month." After his Navy years, Michael became a self-taught motorcycle mechanic. He worked for a time in Southern California. After moving to the Fairbanks area, his knowledge and expertise included the world of snowmobiles. He enjoyed his work and absolutely loved Alaska. Michael is survived by his parents, three brothers, and a sister-in-law. He is fondly remembered by his brothers as being very protective and an over-all great "Big Brother." Sometimes it is the little things that are remembered. One thing is certain, Michael pretty much got along with everyone. A graveside service with military funeral honors was held June 14 at Birch Hill Cemetery in Fairbanks. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 21, 2016
Sovik, Terry Kay  
Terry Kay Sovik, 63, passed away June 16, 2016, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage due to complications from end stage liver disease. A celebration of life will be held on a date yet to be determined. Terry was born May 8, 1953, in Butte, Montana. In 1962, she and her family moved to Fairbanks by way of Moses Lake, Washington. She graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks in 1971. Eventually, she and her daughter, Rebecca, settled in Anchorage. Most of her career life was spent working in the shipping industry as a freight agent for companies such as Sigwold, Emery, Air Land Transport and Consolidated Freightways. Terry later was a part-time assistant event planner for local trade shows. Terry was known affectionately by her family as "Pie" or "Auntie Pie" to her nieces and nephews. A shortened version of her childhood nickname that started out as "Terry Pie." Her family says, "Pie was the glue that kept our family together through the years with her nurturing, sweet, caring and sometimes bossy ways. She was our family matriarch and will be missed beyond words." Terry was a kind, caring soul to friends and strangers alike. She enjoyed fishing, reading, gardening, traveling, listening to music and loved being a grandma. Terry would always say, "Love you more," but Terry, "We love you more." Terry was preceded in death by her parents, Rose and Frank Johnson, great-nephew, Grayson Sundgren, and her great-niece, Leilah Rodrigues. Terry is survived by her partner, Shari Hanel; daughter, Rebecca (Lee) Fulmer; granddaughter Kaylee Fulmer; brother Gary Priestley; sisters Karen (Tom) Johnson and Diane (Don) Sundgren; nephews Don (Wyndi) Sundgren, Cail Sundgren, and Zachary Swanson; nieces, Erika (Aaron) Newton, Aubrey (Nick) Rodriguez and Randi Handy; great-nephews, Alex, Connor, Benaiah and Carson; great-nieces Cammie, Chloe, Carrie and Carlie. Terry is also survived by many dear friends and family, as well as her extended family in Portland, Oregon. Donations can be made to your favorite charity in Terry's memory. Condolences can be sent to: 4047 San Ernesto #5, Anchorage, AK 99508, or by visiting Terry's online memorial at www.AlaskanFuneral.com. Arrangements were cared for by Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 26, 2016
Stodden, Andrew W.  
On May 23, 2016, Andrew W. Stodden was called home to join his mother in the eternal land of the Chippewa. He was born June 6, 1988, in Fairbanks and lived in Fairbanks his entire life. He attended Pearl Creek Elementary, Randy Smith Middle and graduated West Valley High in 2007. Andrew survived two heart surgeries in his first year and grew into a strong young man who excelled at soccer and was on a U19 champion recreational soccer team. Andy's personal life was absorbed in the millennial world of cyberspace and video games. He knew every Pokemon character and played every video game platform in existence. Andrew was predeceased by his mother, Gloria, and is survived by his father, William; sister Trisha Bower (Will Bower) and niece Kaelia. He is also survived by his grandmother, Hellen Stodden, of Shelton, Washington; aunt Karen and uncle Dan Jackson, of Norfork, Nebraska; and uncle Don Gunderson and family, of Mattawan, Michigan. The Stodden family would like to thank the state troopers for their compassion and professionalism during this trying time and especially first responder Rob Koenig. A celebration of Andy's life will be held from 1-7 p.m. June 26 at the Ken Kunkle Community Center in Goldstream Valley. It will be a potluck afternoon of remembrance. Rather than make donations, become an organ donor. May God grant Andrew peace in the pasture that awaits us all.  Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner from June 19 to June 21, 2016
Swanson, Dixie  
Dixie Carolyn Swanson went to heaven on May 19, 2016. Dixie was born Oct. 15, 1942, in Arkansas and moved to Michigan as a young teenager. In college, Dixie took the trip of a lifetime to Alaska and decided that the rugged Fairbanks area of the 1960s would eventually become her new home. Dixie settled into Fairbanks as a missionary, working with Wycliffe Bible Translators and helping organize a church, among other multiple ministries. A tough single woman, she survived the 1967 Fairbanks flood, survived on meager means, and fully embraced and loved Alaska culture. Several years later, she met Ronald Swanson, whom she married in 1975. Their only child, Ruth, came along in 1978. Dixie continued to be heavily involved serving the community and spreading the Gospel in ministry. She served as the church secretary for First Assembly of God Church, along with directing a girls ministry for multiple years. Having a huge heart for those who struggled, Dixie found herself doing prison ministry and visiting people in the hospital, with her favorite activity being able to pray for others. Dixie also opened her home to people needing a place to stay, a meal or an ear to listen. Many times she put the needs of others before herself and led by example of what it meant to love people sacrificially. Dixie also worked for the FAA and Bureau of Land Management, which gave her more opportunity to deepen her love for Alaska. After retiring, Dixie had opportunity to travel with Ronald around the Lower 48 to explore and visit loved ones. Dixie enjoyed 33 years of marriage to her beloved Ronald, who went to heaven ahead of her in 2008. Dixie bravely faced an intense battle with Alzheimer's, getting out as much as she could with Ruth to church and to her favorite restaurants. Ruth admires and feels fortunate to have had an adventurous mom with such a fiercely dedicated spirit. In addition to her husband, Dixie was preceded in death by siblings Charles and Martha Myers. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth (Swanson) Buettner with husband David of Fairbanks; parents, Austin and Geneva Myers of Michigan; siblings, Lena Rittley, Evelyn Myers, Dennis Myers, Jerry Myers, Hazel Congdon, and Joyce Webber of Michigan; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews in Michigan, Kansas, and Missouri. Ruth would like to thank those who gave of themselves to visit, send cards, and care for her mom in her last years. Special and deep thanks to Michelle and Cristina, her faithful full-time caregivers, who not only gave of their amazing medical skills but who also gave from the depths of their hearts to always make mom feel special. "Mom, I love and miss you! I know you heard the words of our Lord, 'Well done my good and faithful servant.'" A memorial service for Dixie will take place at 3 p.m. June 30 at First Assembly of God Church located at 2830 Airport Way. All who wish to attend are invited. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on June 22, 2016
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