End of Trail December 2011

Charlotte H. Turtainen

Grandfather founded Valdez, Cordova

  Courtesy Olan Mills
   

Charlotte H. Turtainen, 90, was called to her heavenly home Dec. 24, 2011. She was born May 4, 1921, to Calvin and Nan Hazelet, and spent her early years in Cordova. She moved to Kirkland, Wash., with her family in 1924. She met her husband, Armas, in Juanita, Wash., where together they raised their children.

She worked for the city of Redmond for many years. After retirement, Charlotte volunteered at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington and was active in the Valdez Historical Museum, donating diaries, pictures and memorabilia regarding participation of her grandfather, George C. Hazelet, in the Alaska gold rush and construction of Keystone Canyon railroad.

Charlotte was an avid rockhound and traveled the world with her husband, Armas. She enjoyed taking trips back to her beloved home state of Alaska—she may have lived in Washington, but her heart belonged to Alaska.

Charlotte loved to spend time with her family, play cards and solve crossword puzzles. She was kind, gentle and generous; everyone loved and admired her.

She was in her eighties when she took a trip by raft down the Copper River to show family where her grandfather traveled, lived and worked.

Her husband preceded her in death, as did her brother, Calvin Hazelet; sister, Harriet Flynn, and grandson, Neil Dobberfuhl. She will be dearly missed by her children, Kay Dobberfuhl, Bob and Mari Turtainen, Tim and Yolunda Turtainen and Tom and Toni Turtainen; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and other loving family and friends. Thomas Frost

Served as Kodiak mayor

Thomas “Tommie” Frost, 91, died Dec. 24, 2011. Tommie was the eldest of nine children born to Thomas and Susan (Sheratine) on Afognak Island. The family moved to Kodiak in the 1930s.

Tommie was drafted into the Alaska Territorial Guard for one year, then transferred to the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. In 1944, he married Mary Meyer (Chignik) and they started their family, raising three children. His work history started with a brief stint as a partner in a setnet site at Moser Bay, commercial salmon fishing. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Navy. Most of his career was spent working at O. Kraft & Sons, from 1953-1983. He started as a delivery boy and later became general manager. Tommie’s community involvement included serving on the boards of Kodiak Electric Association and Koniag, Elks (past exalted ruler), and two terms as mayor of Kodiak. In his later years, he enjoyed his walks to the boat harbor—no matter what the weather—visiting everyone he ran into. He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.
Donald Lowe

Excelled at ‘cat skinning’

Donald E. Lowe, 74, died at home in Galena on Aug. 31, 2011. Don was born in Chino, Calif., on Nov. 21, 1936, to Jack and Florence Lowe. He spent most of his youth avoiding school, primarily by hopping freight trains. He quit school in the 10th grade, finding work as a laborer at Triangle Rock and then becoming a heavy-equipment operator or “cat skinner.” In the late 1950s, he spent a couple of years fishing out of Seldovia with his partner, Arnie, and working construction jobs, then was drafted into the Army. He was sent to Fort Ord, Calif., where he achieved a marksmanship badge. He served in the Army for two years, then worked as a cat skinner in Alaska and was a member of the Local 302 Operating Engineers Union. In 1966, he married Carol Demoski, settling in Galena. Don became a talented cat skinner, all-around operator, and welder. He served on the Galena School District board from 1974-1989. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol; daughters, Dawn Logsdon and husband, Craig, Claudette Green and husband, Charlie, and Jenny Bryant and husband, Chris; sister, Jacqueline Vanderbloom and husband, Gary; brother, Steve Lowe and wife, Jan; grandchildren, Nolan, Bubba, Layla, Jack, Jared, Bethany, Keaton, Tirzah, Elizabeth, Asa, Pearle and Isaac; great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Everett, Paxton and Mikayla, and honorary grandchildren, Harry and Esther Warner and Gordon Davis.
Edward Boyd

Writer, outdoorsman

Edward Marvin Boyd, 84, passed away peacefully in Bellevue, Wash., on April 25, 2012. Edward was born Nov. 14, 1927, in Cambridge, Ohio. He was raised on a farm in Ohio, served in the Korean War, and eventually migrated to Alaska for adventure in 1955. He was an avid outdoorsman whose humorous anecdotes about close calls while hunting, fishing, flying and boating in the Alaska Bush were frequently published in Alaska magazine. He wrote two books, including “Alaska Broker” and “Wolf Trail Lodge,” which chronicled his adventures with his family in the Alaska wilderness.

After settling in Anchorage with his wife and three children, he chose a career as a real estate broker at Pioneer Realty. He served as president of the board of realtors during his tenure as a successful broker.

Edward is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Leona; children, Larry Edward Boyd, Caroline Kay Wise, and Jeannie Beth Bakker; grandchildren, Damaris Wells, Brian Boyd, Talitha Eustice, Sarah Bakker Kellogg, Deanna Kile, Moriah Eustice, Carolien Swann and Ashley Bakker; and five great-grandchildren (with a sixth on the way): Casey Kile, Lucy Boyd, Emily Kile, River Eustice and Xoie Wells.
Notices are limited, because of space, to names of those who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or who have made significant contributions to the state. Submissions for End of the Trail may be sent to eot@alaskamagazine.com.

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