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David John “Eric” Erickson

| October 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

Submitted by Frieda Erickson

Eric EricksonOro Valley, AZ – David John “Eric” Erickson died on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in Oro Valley. Eric was born August 14, 1943, in Cheyenne, Wyoming to parents Harold Erickson and Martha Leefers Erickson. He grew up in Cheyenne and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1966 with a degree in mathematics. Pursuing his childhood dream of flying, Eric joined the U.S. Air Force and became a pilot. He served in Vietnam before being recruited to join the Ravens, an elite group of pilots who flew extremely dangerous and covert forward air control missions in Laos during the Vietnam War. During his service, he received a Purple Heart and two Air Medals. After his time in the Ravens, Eric joined the Flying Tigers Line, which was later acquired by Federal Express. He rose to the rank of Captain, and continued to fly internationally until he retired in 2003.

Eric lived for many years near Spokane, Washington, before moving to Alaska. He spent most of his retirement in the land of the midnight sun, splitting his time between Wolf Lake and Seldovia. Retirement did not lessen his love of flying and it did not keep him out of the cockpit. Eric loved nothing more than showing off the beauty of Alaska to friends and family while flying his beloved Cessna. Never one to sit still for long or to pass up an adventure, Eric flew for the Iditarod Air Force transporting mushers, sled dogs, and supplies along the 1,100 mile trail between Anchorage and Nome. He also flew humanitarian relief missions for the United Nations in the African country of Chad. Eric eventually traded in his wings for wheels, and he and his wife Frieda spent the past several summers exploring the “lower 48” in their motor coach. They began spending winters in Oro Valley in 2014.

Eric will be remembered fondly by all who knew him for his sense of humor, his catch phrases for every situation, his love of family, his loyalty to friends, his patriotism, and his adventurous spirit.

Preceding Eric in death is his first wife, Joyce Erickson; his parents, Harold and Martha Erickson; his brother, Harold Erickson; a stepson, Lonnie Shippy; and a stepson-in-law, David Semmler.

Surviving is his wife and best friend, Frieda Erickson; daughter, Amy Erickson (Quentin Vaughan) of Livermore, CA; son, Eric Erickson (Ashley McCloud) of Sioux Falls, SD; stepdaughter, Tonya Semmler of Littleton, CO; five grandchildren, Ingrid Vaughan, Nate, Nicole, Seth and Paige Semmler; sister, Nora Heaton (John) of Ft. Collins, CO; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private memorial. Memorial contributions may be made in Eric’s name to the Seldovia Bible Chapel, P.O. Box 256, Seldovia, AK 99663 or the Arizona Fisher House (www.arizonafisherhouse.org).

Ann’s Memorial Service

| January 21, 2014 | 1 Comment


Seldovia’s Ann Anderson

| January 20, 2014 | 2 Comments


Taken from Andy’s Facebook posting with permission by Andy Anderson

I’ve tried twice to post this, but each time I failed. I hopefully will be able to finish it this time. My loving wife and best friend passed away last night after a long battle with a demon known as Sine scleroderma. Her lungs were damaged so severely that she labored just to breathe. Finally it was too much for her heart and the Good Lord took her home.

As per her last wishes she will be cremated and then we will have a memorial service in Seldovia. We will post the time and date when we get it all figured out. Donica will be with me until the end of the month. She and Westin were able to come up and spend some time with Ann prior to her passing and that was great. When they walked into the room Ann’s eyes lite up and she smiled her biggest smile. it was a joy to see. She held their hands for the longest time.

I would like to thank all of you who rode this devil horse with us these last months and let you know that it would have been a much bumpier road had we not had all the love, support and prayers. I will always be grateful. On February 11th Ann and I would have celebrated 47 years of marriage. I was one lucky man to have such a loving companion and friend for all those years. Rest in peace. “My Lady. You will always be in my heart.”

Celebration of Life for Agnes Lee

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

submitted by Sunni Hilts – Agnes and her husband lived in Seldovia and Bob served as pastor at the Seldovia Bible Chapel in the 1970’s.

AgnesLeeLong time Alaskan resident, Agnes Lee, 74 went to be with her Lord on November 25, 2013 at her home in Palmer, Alaska. Agnes was born to Tom and Ruth Wood on September 14, 1939 in Pikeville, Tennessee.

During her youth Agnes put her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. She graduated from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee in 1961 with a degree in elementary education.  In the fall of 1961 Agnes began teaching first graders at the Berean Memorial Church in Irving, Texas. It was there that she met a Dallas Theological Seminary student, named Bob Lee. They were married on August 1, 1963. Bob and Agnes joined the Central Alaskan Missions to help establish the Alaska Bible College in Glennallen, Alaska. They arrived in Alaska in January of 1966. Agnes worked as the college cook, teacher, and librarian while raising three children.

When Bob was called to pastor the Lazy Mountain Bible Church in Palmer in 1982, Agnes served as the church secretary, taught Sunday School, helped arrange the food service for many banquets, social gatherings and weddings, sang in the choir, and made many “meals on wheels” for needy families.

Agnes was known for her scrumptious meals and her hand dipped chocolates. She sold hundreds of her delicious raspberry pies and cakes at the Alaska State Fair.

Friends have written, “Agnes’ smile is God’s gift of sunshine to us all.” “Her joyful eyes, enthusiasm for life and sense of humor was contagious.”
Her husband writes, “She was my best friend and the love of my life. She was the wind under my wings, and an incredible, one of a kind, precious godly wife.”

Agnes is survived by Bob, her loving husband of 50 years; her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Nancy Lee of Anchorage, her daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Dale Rowland of Fairbanks and daughter Penny Lee of Washington, DC, her grandchildren, Dalton and Kade Rowland, her brother Claude Wood of Pikeville, Tennessee, and her sister, JoeAnn Wood Moore of Manhattan, Kansas.

The Celebration of Life service will be held at the Lazy Mountain Bible Church on Saturday November 25, 2013 at 10:00 am.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made out to the Lazy Mountain Bible Church and designated for the Benevolent Fund which is used to help the needy.

Shirley Lavonne Goff

| November 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Lisa O’Leary
Shirley Lavonne Goff went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, October 28, 2013 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital.  Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years, Allen Goff.  She is survived by her brother, Robert Hussey, who resides in Springtown, Texas; her son, Robert Goff, who resides in Gardner, Montana; her daughter, Lisa O’Leary, residing in Seldovia, Alaska; and numerous nieces, nephews and grand-children.

Shirley lived and loved in Alaska for many years.  Her involvement in the community was only surpassed by her great love for her family.  She was known for her direct assessment of any situation, and her ability to communicate her opinion without compromise or question.

A celebration service will be held at Palmer Christian Church on Scott Road in Palmer on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:00 am.  There will be a luncheon following, so bring your memories and smiles to share with Shirley’s church family.  Shirley specified no flowers, please.  Thank you.

John Frohrip – January 26, 1949 – April 29, 2013

| May 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Obituary taken from the Krox News, photo from http://minnesota.publicradio.org

frohripJohn Joseph Frohrip, 64, of Fertile, MN, died on Monday, April 29, 2013, suddenly at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

John was born on January 26, 1949, to Edward and Jean (Fraser) Frohrip, in Little Fork, MN. He graduated from International Falls High School and continued his education at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.  John was united in marriage to Jennifer Anderson on September 16, 1972, in St. Michael’s Church, Ray, ND.

After graduation he worked as the City Planner for Hillsboro, ND.  This was followed by various city manager or economic development director positions in MN. After ten years as Economic Development Director for Richmond, WI, John decided on the adventure of accepting a job as City Manager for Seldovia, AK. He Continue Reading