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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