Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2000

Kyle Jake Fidler

Kyle Jake Fidler died in his home, Wednesday, Jan, 26, 2000. He was 16.

Kyle was born Oct. 21, 1983, in Anchorage and grew up on the Kenai Peninsula. He enjoyed visiting with his friends on the computer, wrestling with his dogs, hunting, four-wheeling, and summer vacations. He also enjoyed exploring Alaska's beaches, fishing holes and skiffing around the harbors.

His family said, "Kyle particularly enjoyed rough-housing with his brothers and neighbors, and although the youngest, he could sometimes manage to get the upper hand with a sly smile and quick maneuver. Kyle was a sensitive young man with a heart of gold and a loving spirit. He was a loyal and devoted friend who loved camping on the Anchor River with his buddies.

"Kyle was very protective of friends and classmates who were having troubles or were targeted for anything unjustly. He helped his mother maintain an extensive vegetable garden each year, as well as caring for their chickens, planting trees around our community and hauling nets for salmon fishing each season. Kyle was a bright and beautiful boy who could fix most anything from a lawn mower to computer gadgets. His passing is a great loss for everyone that knew him and anyone who missed that opportunity. His gentle soul and innocence surely blinded Kyle to the grand possibilities of his future. Kyle's passing has taken a large part of the hearts of all of us. May the bright spirit of his life live on in the thoughts, words and actions of each one of us. God rest his soul."

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ivan and La Quita Knodel and Eula and Don Fidler.

He is survived by his mother Kaleen Knodel-Fidler; father Dave Fidler of South Carolina; brothers Jesse and James Derek Fidler; aunts and uncles, Doug Knodel of Barrow, Sheila, Don, Sharon, Tom and Mark Fidler of Kenai and Leo Rollins of Homer; cousins, Jim and Kasrina Knodel; friend James Kienitz; and close friends and family.

Donald W. French

Longtime Homer resident, Donald W. French died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, of cancer at his residence in Homer. He was 66.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Glacier View Baptist Church in Homer. Pastor Richard Wise will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer.

Following graveside services, a gathering will be held at the church. Pallbearers are Aaron Lindquist, Chester Godin, Garrett Buol, Matthew Ortega, Leighton and Jered Guisinger. Honorary pallbearers include Frank Wise, Monte Sowers and Dan Barkman.

Mr. French was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Gooding, Idaho, where he was raised and educated. He married his wife, Lois, on Aug. 3, 1952. They moved to Madras, Ore., where they resided until moving to Homer in 1976. Shortly thereafter, he started the Homer Drywall Company. Mr. French enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and construction.

"He loved and served God, which was reflected in all of his relationships and business affairs," his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lois of Homer, daughters Lela Lindquist of Palmer, Dawn Guisinger of Wasilla and Joy Buol of Salem, Ore., 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

Mitchell Lonch

Soldotna resident Mitchell Lonch died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence in Soldotna. He was 50.

Arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapels.

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