Floyd Albert Ellison

Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2001

Floyd Albert Ellison died Jan. 1, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nev., due to heart complications. He was 88.

Services were held Jan. 5 in St. Clair, Mo.

He was born March 27, 1912, in St. Clair, the oldest of eight children. He worked as an auditor with Florsheim International Shoe Company for more than 40 years before retiring and moving to Kenai.

Mr. Ellison was married to Roberta Roland, who died in 1979. He later married Nelda Chitwood and lived seven years in Kenai, spending most of their time fishing and in the outdoors. The couple were members of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenai.

He is preceded in death by his wives, Roberta and Nelda.

Mr. Ellison is survived by daughter Marilyn Butts and grandson Kevin Butts, both of Las Vegas; and granddaughter Kelly Ellison, of Kansas City, Mo.

At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1683, Kenai, AK 99611.

Robin Edward Pennington

Sterling resident Robin Edward Pennington died Jan. 7, 2001, as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the Sterling Highway. He was 55.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sterling Elementary School in Sterling.

Mr. Pennington was born Jan. 19, 1945, in Kansas City, Mo. He was raised and educated in Missouri, Colorado and California. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Pennington moved to Alaska in 1981 and resided in Kenai for two years. He then moved to Soldotna and in 1996 to Sterling. He worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District as an electronics technician.

Mr. Pennington's hobbies included building and repairing single-engine aircraft, woodworking, hunting, fishing, rebuilding classic cars and playing the guitar.

"An Alaska renaissance man, self-taught in all the possibilities, he led his life without limits. Anything was within reach if you just believed enough," the family said.

Mr. Pennington was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Gene Pennington.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barbara; daughter Bonnie; sisters Amy, Neta and Weltha; and brother Bert.

Memorial donations may be sent to the National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, Neb. 68410.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

William "Bill" Dudley Thurmond

Alaska Native William "Bill" Dudley Thurmond died Jan. 10, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 45.

A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Glacierview Baptist Church in Homer. Pastors Rick Wise and Rod Benner will officiate. Brian Edward and Larry Garvey will be ushers. A burial will follow at the Anchor Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kirk Herrick, Wes Tufford, Mike Fell, Ken Frasier, Dave McKinney and Chuck Cordova. Honorary pallbearers will are Craig McDonald, Keith Nelson, Dan Mumey and Steve Kesner.

Mr. Thurmond was born Sept. 28, 1955, on the Mutch homestead on Milo Fritz Road in Anchor Point. He attended Homer High School and graduated in 1973. He owned and operated Thurmond's Auto in Anchor Point for more than 10 years. He attended the Christian Community Church in Homer.

Mr. Thurmond received numerous honors including Merits of Sponsors to Small Schools and Business of the Year in 1996. He also supported the Homer Seniors. Mr. Thurmond loved to fly, fish, snowmachine and hunt on the Yukon River.

Mr. Thurmond is survived by his wife, Rochelle; his children, Heather, Autumn, Nick, Wade and Danelle; his grandchildren, Kyler, Kymmie, and Carson Jackson; his parents, Clint and Vanita Thurmond; his sisters, Susan Kyllonen and Elaine Griner, and numerous uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bill Thurmond's Children's Fund at P.O. Box 805, Anchor Point, AK 99556.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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