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A.W. “Andy” Anderson ~ September 24, 1946 – December 14, 2020

| December 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

AndyAndersonDevastating news in Seldovia, as on Monday, we lost our dear Andy Anderson, police chief for over 30 years, who passed away in in his hometown from a suspected heart attack.  I connected with Donica, Andy’s daughter who has been overwhelmed by the amount of people who have shared heartwarming stories and love for her dad.   She mentioned how honored he would be by this outpouring of love!  The family is planning to have a memorial in the spring or early summer, when a gathering can be held.  His ashes will be buried with his beloved wife Ann in our Seldovia Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to:
Donica Anderson at 423 N Washington Ave. Arlington, WA 98223
Andy’s grandson: Westin Johnson at 5016 139th St NE. NE, Marysville, WA. 98271

Jacqueline Dickinson – January 26, 1929 – January 14, 2019

| January 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jacqueline DickinsonJacqueline Marie (Flachbarth) Dickinson passed away peacefully at the Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska January 14th, 2019 at the age of 89.  Her daughter Jenny, Pastor Emily from St. John United Methodist Church and long-time family friend Marion Bowles were by her side.

Jackie was born in Parma, Ohio on January 26, 1929 to Frank and Marie Flachbarth. She graduated from West Technical High School in Cleveland, Ohio, then received an undergraduate degree from Ohio State University followed by receiving a master’s degree in psychology from Kent State University. She worked in Bedford, Ohio as a School Psychologist and traveled to Alaska in 1955 for a medical conference where she met Lewis Dickinson. They fell in love and were married on February 24, 1956 and honeymooned in Fairbanks.  Jackie worked for 17 years as a Clinical Psychologist with the Alaska Treatment Center (ACCA) in Anchorage. While there, Jackie was part of a comprehensive team of professionals that worked together to recommend care for children with disabilities. Jackie later dedicated herself to her and Lew’s two children, Luke and Jenny. She was an accomplished homemaker and relentless driver to hockey, figure skating lessons, tennis, piano, cello, dance, and ski racing events.

Jackie had a love for fashion, traveling, continuing her education, reading books on all topics and had an interest in the fine arts, especially music.  She was well known for her 30 years of service as a Sunday School Teacher at St. John United Methodist Church.  Jackie was a loving wife, mother, friend, but one of her favorite activities was being a cherished grandmother who tirelessly entertained and educated her two grandchildren.   Jackie and Lew were married for nearly 63 years and spent recent years enjoying their winter home in Hawaii and summer get-away in Seldovia, Alaska.

The real Jackie was taken away from us too soon, as she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s the last 10 years of her life.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to Jana Ripley, the staff at the Providence Horizon House and Hospice of Alaska for the expert care and comfort they provided her in her final years.

Survivors include her husband, Lewis Dickinson, son Luke, Seattle, Washington, daughter Jenny Hand (Keith), and grandchildren Hailey and Carson Hand, brother Gene Flachbarth (Ellen) Atlanta, Georgia, and 6 nephews and nieces in the Lower 48.

A memorial service will be held at St. John United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 5th at 5pm followed by a celebration of life at the home of her daughter, Jenny.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the Sunday School Program at St. John United Methodist Church and to the Alzheimer’s Association of choice.

Roger William Bolton

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Submitted by Legacy Funeral Homes

Roger BoltonRoger William Bolton, 82, passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter, surrounded by three generations of his family and his faithful companion, Cindy Dog, on December 15th, 2018. Formal services will not be held. Family and close friends will gather on the beach near “his little piece of heaven” and spread his ashes next summer.

Roger was born to Willie O Bolton and Electa O Sparks, on June 1, 1936 in Weed, California. He married Marcia D Powers on May 25, 1957 and together they raised four children. Although later they divorced, they remained very close friends. On February 14th, 1993 He married Betty Lichtner and had twenty-two happy years together until her passing in 2015.

Roger proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960, he retired from the Federal Government as a Computer Programmer in 1994. Since retirement he enjoyed life to his fullest with all generations of his family and friends at his home in Homer, and his cabin at MacDonald Spit. He was a self-taught hard worker and was willing to work beside you as he taught you how to get the job done.

Roger was a strong, yet humble man, who had great pride in his family. He passed on in the same way he lived his life, surrounded by the deep love of his family members. He is survived by his four children and their spouses; Willie K Bolton (Sarah) of Lexington Park, Maryland, Thomas E Bolton (Lorrie) of Coolidge, Georgia, M Louise Franklin (Biff) of Palmer, Alaska, Valeta D Bolton (Blake) of Riverton, Utah and his 1st wife, Marcia D Bolton of Palmer, Alaska. He had twelve grandchildren; Daniel, Nancy, Kristy, Janell, Stephanie, Jennifer, Julianne, Miranda, Samantha, Michael, Jessica and Aaron, and 14 great grandchildren, and his dog Cindy Girl. He is also survived by his sister Eunice, and first cousin Velva. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and his wife, Betty. His family requests that in Lieu of flowers donations be made to Ancora Home Health and Hospice whom he was very graciously cared for in his last months. Final arrangements are being made by Wasilla Heritage Chapel.

Jimmy Darrell Standefer – November 8, 1944 ~ December 4, 2016

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Submitted by the Standefer family

jimmy-standeferJimmy Darrell Standefer was born in a little cabin in Sardis, Oklahoma on November 8th, 1944 to Leta Belle Maxey Standefer and John Carl Standefer. His life has been epic in so many ways: as a world class sculptor whose works have been purchased for the Oklahoma Governors Mansion and for several Senatorial offices in Washington D.C. Also as a master teacher in the areas of History and Biology as well as Art, well loved by his students and remembered by all as their Leonardo Man.

He spent most of his working life in Alaska, where spare time was spent scaling mountains and walking in the woodlands with good friends who were also Mountain Men. Seldovia, Alaska became his hearts home and those friends became family.

jimmymarilynstandeferJimmy succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease on December 4th, 2016 after thirteen years of endurance and much accomplished even during that time. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Standefer, of Caballo, New Mexico; by his brother, John Michael Standefer of Kasilof, Alaska; by his niece Rena Megan Anderson of Soldotna, Alaska and his nephew John Garland Standefer of Seattle, Washington; by his sons Sean Christian Standefer and Michael Shea Standefer of Kasilof, Alaska and by his daughter Shara Standefer Montoya and his grandsons Quinton, Colton and Cole Montoya of Caballo, New Mexico. Marilyn’s address is HC 31 Box 62B Caballo, NM 87931 for those interested in sending their condolences.

Kenneth Arthur Cope – May 7, 1942 ~ November 24, 2016

| November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Submitted by the Cope family

ken-copeKenneth Arthur Cope, age 74 of Vilonia, passed away November 24, 2016.

He was born on May 7, 1942 in Medford, Massachusetts to the Late Clarence and Dorthea Cope.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 30 years, Robbie Whitmarsh Cope of the home; three children, Wendy Odden (Jerry) of Alaska; Sheryl Hancock (Jack) and Pamela Delaney (Garry) both of Vilonia; five grandchildren, Robert Delaney, Tassie Childers, Jack Hancock Jr. all of Vilonia; Johnathan Cope of Alabama; Kirstan Odden of Alaska; six great grandchildren, Alex, Breanna, Mikey, Gage, Ashlee and Lane. He is also survived by two sisters, Linda Cox (Hollis) of Hobbs, New Mexico; and Carol Sweatt of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Mr. Cope was a private pilot and worked as a fishing charter captain in Alaska for 25 years. He was the owner of Fantasia Design where he contracted remodeling projects.  Mr. Cope fought cancer for the last year and a half of his life.

Memorials can be made to the Vilonia Fire Department, 7 Bise Street, Vilonia, Arkansas 72173 in his honor.  Cards may be sent to the family directly: Robbie Cope,  80 Gorman Road, Vilonia, AK 72173

Craig “Higgy” Higman, 1945-2016

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Craftsman, Rogue, Fisherman, Pyromaniac, Story-teller, Father, and Grandfather.

HiggyOnBoatHiggy passed away on June 19 in Homer, by the side of his son, Bretwood “Hig” Higman. He had been out for a walk in Seldovia, his home for 39 years, when he fell and hit his head. By the time he reached the hospital in Homer he was non-responsive – a quick and simple end that no doubt would have appealed to his “I don’t like complicated” philosophy. He lived a life full of fireworks, creative vision, misadventures, flagrant disregard of mortal limits, fine wood craftsmanship, cheap beer, and love. He is survived by his ex-wife Dede, children Valisa and Hig, brothers Jim and Terry, sister Jill, and grandchildren Katmai and Lituya, and a community of people that blurred the line between family and friends.

Higgy is remembered with intemperate love by those who knew him – for his stunning craftsmanship, deep humor, genuine and unconventional honesty, his explosions, and for the indelible marks of joy, beauty, and creativity that he left. Wise from a lifetime of following his heart, he always accepted what life threw at him, embraced changes, and made sure his children knew that no matter what, he loved them. His story telling knew no equal, his kindness knew no bounds, and his character was, without question, in a class of its own. He joins his mother Hona who learned to bungee jump at 80, his father Bopa who built boats and planes, and a pack of beloved dogs.

A memorial party with cannons and fire will be held at Schooner Beach on Saturday, June 25 starting at 1:00.