Joseph Dexter Blatchford, 68
Joseph Dexter Blatchford died Feb. 4. He was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Golovin, Alaska, to Charlie and Jenny Blatchford. Joe was the fourteenth child of a family of 17. The family moved to Homer in 1949 due to the death of Joe’s father and older brothers. Joe attended school in Homer and served as a member of the Alaska National Guard. He later moved to Anchorage and worked as a union roofer for many years. Joe was also an accomplished Alaska Native artist, carving ivory and scrimshaw. Joe will be remembered for his kindness and easy-going humor. Joe is survived by sisters, Bernice Griener of Seattle,Wash.; Gladys Armstrong of Tacoma,Wash.; Violet Alto of Kenai; and Rose Albrightson of Redbluff, Calif and brother, Alen Blatchford of Homer.

Jerry David Sr., 68
Jerry David Sr. died Feb. 10 at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Mr. David was born Oct. 31, 1940, in Nome, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Jean David; daughter, Annette Marie Daly; granddaughter, Gabrielle Marie David; grandsons, Richard Robuerto David, Joseph José Polke and Jerry David III; sister, Frieda Labere; brother, Pete Wilber; and numerous nieces, a nephew and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Charles “Charlie” Albert Goodhope, 72
Charles Albert Goodhope died Dec. 19, 2008, at home in Caranite Falls,Wash. Mr. Goodhope was born in Anchorage on April 20, 1936, to Samuel and Pearl Goodhope. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1962, including a tour in Germany. Mr. Goodhope enjoyed spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, dancing and holidays that involved fireworks or dressing up. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Chris; sons and daughter-in-law, Mike and John and Cara; sisters, Connie and Florence; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ruth Outwater, 93
Ruth Outwater died March 23 in Kotzebue. She was born Sept. 27, 1916, in Shungnak, to John and Lily Savok. Ruth married Walter Outwater in Candle, Alaska, in September 1938, living with him in Deering, Alaska, and moving between Deering and Nome, Alaska, where he worked on the gold dredges.

“Ruth lived a rich and fulfilling life. She made all of the clothing for the family, making sure all her children and her husband had new mukluks and parkas every Christmas. Ruth loved to cook, worked on all the animals her husband harvested and put away food for all seasons to make sure her family was always well fed,” wrote her family.

Ruth is survived by seven children, Theresa Pierce, Loretta Cox and husband Skip, Richard Outwater and wife Sandy, Clara Varieur and husband Thom, Peggy Turner and husband Tim, Martha Outwater and Rahn Parker, and Walter Outwater Jr.; two sisters, Rachel Dimmick of Anchorage and Irene Armstrong of Buckland, Alaska; and many grandchildren.

Abraham Stephan, 68
Abraham Stephan died Feb. 3 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Stephan was born June 3, 1940, in Tyonek, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Georgia Stephan; daughters, Charlene Stephan, Lisa Olrun and Leah Black; sons, Bruce and Matthew Stephan; sisters, Evelyn Merryman, Elizabeth Baker, Mary Chuitt and Isabelle Davis; brother, Seraphim Stephan; and Terry Nystuen and Steve Zubeck.

Roscoe Frank Layland, 53
Anna Shavings, 52
Myrtle Evelyn Veltri, 65