Earl Houlder

  • "Earl, you were a great neighbor, friend and fellow..."
    - Janie Taylor
  • "Goodby,Uncle Earl. Marlene"
    - marlene winters

Longtime Alaskan Earl N. Houlder, 88, of Anchorage, died Nov. 12, 2007, at Genevieve Assisted Living in Anchorage.
Earl was born June 3, 1919, in Rice Lake, Wis. In April 1939, he moved to Fairbanks, where he worked in construction. In 1941, he moved to Anchorage to work, and then joined the Army.
Over the course of four years, he was stationed at Fort Richardson then later stationed in Valdez, Fairbanks, Fort Mead, Md., and Camp Adair, Ore. Most of Earl's time in the Army was spent as a cook, and then as a mess sergeant.
On Feb. 9, 1961, Earl married Frances "Frankie" House. Frances preceded Earl in death on Nov. 5, 1984.
After the Army, Earl returned to construction work in Anchorage. He traveled all over the state of Alaska and was involved in various projects. Earl worked as the superintendent for Sandland Construction of Anchorage for more than 20 years, and later with Interstate Co. He retired in 1982.
Earl enjoyed his friends, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, making jewelry, carving and traveling.
Earl is survived by one sister, Mildred Petersen of Rice Lake; and a sister-in-law, Dorathy Mae Houlder of Memphis, Tenn. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Frances in 1982; his parents, James and Evelyn Houlder; sisters, Violette Buergi and Merlyn Wallace; and brother, Clifford Houlder.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 13, 2007