Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2000



HEAD:Kenneth B. and Wilma L. Stradling

Longtime Anchor Point residents Kenneth B. and Wilma L. Stradling died in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000. Wilma was in long-term care at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, and Ken was at home. She was 74; he was 72.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Anchor Point-Stariski Cemetery. A memorial service and potluck will follow at 3 p.m. at Clendenen's Corner in Anchor Point. The Rev. Jason Johnson will officiate at both services. Pallbearers include Marc, Matt and David Roderick; Jarid and Jeremy Symens; Forney Ingram and Ed Berthelot.

Mrs. Stradling was born on May 14, 1925, the daughter of Wesley and Lillian (Bain) Kobel at Tacoma, Wash. She was raised and educated in Tacoma. In 1955, she moved to Alaska to homestead out North Fork Road. She worked at Aprill's Motel, Alaska Seafoods and the Anchor River Inn. For years, she was responsible for cooking the fine food at the inn.

Mr. Stradling was born April 14, 1927, in Douglas, Ariz. His family moved to and he spent most of his time in New Mexico. He served in the 11th Airborne in World War II in the Philippines. He moved to Alaska in 1962 and lived with Elton and Edna Anderson on their homestead. He ran the store at the Silver King Lodge and then the Anchor Point Laundromat. He was a retired teamster who worked on the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

The Stradlings were married Feb. 23, 1979, in Homer.

Mrs. Stradling was a member of the Methodist faith and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Women's Auxiliary. She was active in the Anchor Point Community Club, the Parent Teacher Association and the Homemakers. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, flowers, halibut fishing and her grandchildren.

Mr. Stradling was a lifetime member of the VFW and its current post commander. He proudly made sure things at the VFW were run right, fair and always with the most respect for its members and all veterans alike. He raised two boys, Levi and David, and the last three years of his life was brightened by his new grandson, Justin Colby.

The Stradlings are survived by their children Carolyn Roderick, John Symens, Jerry Symens and Levi Stradling and their families, all of Anchor Point, including 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Stradling is survived by three brothers and a sister, all of New Mexico.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Homer, 3953 Bartlett, Suite 3, Homer AK 99603; the Alzheimer's Association, 240 E. Tudor Rd., Suite 110, Anchorage AK 99503 or the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 2165, Kenai AK 99611-2165.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

Mitchell Lonch

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

Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday at noon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna, with Father Richard Tero officiating. Following the service, friends and family will gather at the Fimpel residence on Mackey Lake Road.

Mr. Lonch was born in Oildale, Calif. He drove up the Alaska Highway with his new wife and brother in 1974. He lived in Glennallen for five years before moving to Soldotna in 1983.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and enjoyed cabinetry, woodworking and fishing off Deep Creek and in Resurrection Bay.

According to the family, "Mitchell loved the Lord and his family with a steady heart. He was an artistic craftsman who always felt God had given him gifted hands to work with wood, for which he had extreme pleasure, joy and gratitude. Mitchell was self-reliant and had a small circle of trusted friends, but would reach out to strangers to offer help. He was a kind and generous man who was tenacious and industrious. He will be missed by all of us."

Mr. Lonch was preceded in death by his father, John Lonch, and his infant sons, John and Anthony Lonch. He is survived by his wife of eight years, Nancy Lonch of Soldotna; son Matt Lonch of Soldotna; daughters Kacie Lonch of Soldotna and Lisa Holland of California; birth mother Esther Lonch of California; mother and father Connie and Vern Jones of Oregon; sister Christine Boyd of Hawaii; brother John "Andy" Lonch of California; ex-wife Sandi Jones of Soldotna; and brother in spirit, Bob St. John of Soldotna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the crisis intervention center of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are being made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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