Ronald Eugene Stafford

Posted: Friday, April 03, 2009

Longtime Anchor Point resident Ronald Eugene Stafford died Thursday, March 26, 2009, from cancer at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 72.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, at the Anchor River Inn, Mile 157 Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. Dennis Markes will preside over the services. Additional services will be held in the summer with family and friends when Ron's ashes will be scattered at his favorite places in Alaska.

Mr. Stafford was born Jan. 2, 1938, to Grant and Marion Stafford in Newark, Ohio. He entered into the U.S. Armed forces and was honorably discharged. Mr. Stafford worked as a skilled toolmaker for Rockwell Industries from which he retired. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

"Ron touched thousands of people with his serenity and sobriety. He was a devoted friend of 'Bill W.' and dedicated to helping others obtain sobriety. Ron first came to Alaska every summer for a month to visit his brother and fell in love with hunting and fishing up here. He moved to Nikolaevsk in 1985 residing here ever since. Ron will be deeply missed by his family and hundreds of friends including, Chuck and Marsha Graham of Anchor Point," his family said.

Mr. Stafford was preceded in death by his brother, Grant W. Stafford Jr.; and stepbrother, Richard A. Holcomb.

He is survived by his brother, Richard E. Stafford; brother and sister in-law, John F. and Martha Stafford of Springfield, Ohio; sister, Twila M. Stafford of Texas; sister-in-law, Nancy J. Stafford of Sterling; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

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