Clovis H. Kingsley


Posted: Friday, February 15, 2002

Former Ninilchik resident Clovis H. Kingsley died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at his home in Seldovia. He was 77.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Post 18 in Ninilchik. Burial will be in the American Legion Cemetery in Ninilchik.

Mr. Kingsley was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Miller, Mo. He graduated from high school in 1943. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps., serving as the 1st Division Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, SV6 USNR. He earned a Purple Heart at Okinawa in 1945. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He moved to Alaska in 1951, living in Valdez. In 1953 he moved to Ninilchik and worked for the Alaska Road Commission from 1954 until 1959, when he moved to Clam Gulch. He was a commercial setnetter from 1957 to 1963. In 1964, he began fishing Cook Inlet as a drift fisher. He continued to fish commercially until his retirement in 1989.

In 1997 he moved to Seldovia.

Mr. Kingsley was a member of the American Legion Post 18 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed storytelling, photography, collecting World War II movies and memorabilia, bluegrass music, baking bread, hunting and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"He found the greatest joy in life's most simple gifts and has touched our lives. We mourn and celebrate the life of our father and friend, and we believe God's kingdom has truly been blessed by this great man," his family wrote.

Mr. Kingsley is survived by his daughters Martha Kingsley of Soldotna, Clovis Chlorinne Earl and Sherlyn Kingsley of Kenai, Ellie Kingsley-Schmunk of Camas, Wash., and Tawny Kingsley-Becker of Homer; sons Greg and Dan Kingsley of Pilot Point, Russell Kingsley of Kenai, and Clovis "Jay" Kingsley Jr. of Ninilchik; sisters Gurthal Holcomb of Republic, Mo., and Jay Stein of Farina, Ill.; grandchildren Terry Steiner, Dale Thomas and Tammy Drake of Soldotna, Ben Walton of Gainesville Fla., Nathan Walton of Manitou Springs, Colo., Bryce Kingsley of Madison, Wis., Jessica Kingsley and Austin Schmunk of Camas, Wash., Hoyt Ogyle-Kingsley of Pilot Point, Chelsea Kingsley of Anchorage, Gaia Kingsley-Becker of Homer; great-grandchildren Tyler and Joshua Walton of Gainesville, Fla., and Ellie May Wolfkiel-Walton of Manitou Springs; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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