Soldotna resident Elmer T. Clavell died Monday, March 4, 2002, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, after a lengthy battle with acute respiratory distress syndrome and a severe stroke. He was 66.
Friends are invited to join in a potluck, remembrance and celebration of life in Mr. Clavell's honor at the AMVETS center in Soldotna Friday at 2 p.m.
Mr. Clavell was born and raised in Carlisle, Ky., where he graduated from Nicholas County High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard. In 1956, Mr. Clavell married Norma Jean Clark of Carlisle and began a family while tending to the family farm for his father.
In 1963, Mr. Clavell and his family moved to Lexington, Ky. He began working at Brock McVey Inc. He later opened an appliance center and became a successful entrepreneur.
Mr. Clavell moved to Soldotna in 1984 to pursue his love of the outdoors. For many years he had dreamed of moving to the last frontier after seeing a television special on Alaska.
After several years with Earl Hamler's Refrigeration in Soldotna, he along with Arlene Smedley opened the Treasure Cache on the Sterling Highway near Soldotna.
"Elmer was an avid fisherman, hunter, trap shooter and turkey caller. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. If you ever feel your fishing pole shaking, look around because he just might be shaking your pole," his friends said.
"Elmer will be missed by all but never forgotten. His memories will live on through his close friend, Charlotte Rosin, who was at his side throughout his illness, through his friends and fishing partners R.E. Frizzell and Billy Reynolds, and through the friends he made who are too numerous to mention."
Mr. Clavell was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Ruth Clavell, and his older sister, June Vice.
He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey Clavell of Memphis, Tenn., and Randall Clavell of Wasilla; and his sister, Lorena Wells of Sharpsburg, Ky.
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