Albert Hugh Ivey

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2002

Homer resident and former Fairbanks resident Albert Hugh Ivey, died April 10, 2002 at his home after a long struggle with lung cancer. He was 67.

Memorial services will be held Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, 3634 Soundview Ave., in Homer. A future memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 28 at Fairbanks Funeral Home in Fairbanks.

Mr. Ivey was born Dec. 21, 1934, to Albert and Bessie Ivey in McGrath. His childhood was spent hunting, trapping, fishing and running dogs. He paid very serious attention to his school work and graduated as valedictorian from Sheldon Jackson High School, a boarding school in Sitka. He then moved to Fairbanks and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he received his bachelor's degree in education and graduated at the top of his class while also training to be a carpenter. He eventually became a teacher during the winter and a union carpenter during the summer.

Mr. Ivey began teaching high school at Fort Greely and then fifth grade at Hunter Elementary School. He transferred to Barnette Elementary School, where he continued teaching fifth grade and where he met his future wife, Karen Warehouse, of Manson, Wash. They were married June 5, 1970, in Manson.

Mr. Ivey continued teaching at Barnette Elementary. The couple was blessed with their first daughter, Dena, in 1971 and their second, LaRene, in 1976. In 1982, Mr. Ivey retired after a long and rewarding career as a teacher. His many contributions to his students continue to inspire them even today. Known affectionately as "Mr. Ivey," he incorporated many and varied lessons into his math-oriented curriculum, including class elections, kite-making and willow whistle-making.

Mr. Ivey then served as assistant business agent for the Carpenter's Union 1243, spent a year working on the North Slope and then worked as a carpenter for the University of Alaska Fairbanks physical plant.

"Albert loved being with his family and making others happy, always telling jokes and teasing. He was an avid pilot as well as a jack-of-all-trades, fixing anything from vehicles to plumbing to electronics, and greatly enjoyed solving problems. He was generous to a fault and could always be counted on to lend a hand to a coworker or friend.

"He loved to bake. His cinnamon rolls and upside-down cakes were highly sought after and extremely short-lived. His passing leaves a terrible void in his family and group of friends. The world was a better place with Albert in it, and our lives will never be the same now that he's gone," his family said.

Mr. Ivey is survived by his wife, Karen Ivey; daughters, Dena Ivey and LaRene Villa; grandson, Pedro Villa; brothers, Russell, Stanley and Herbie; sister, Mary; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives, as well as many friends.

Memorial donations may be given in Mr. Ivey's name to, Faith Lutheran Church, 3634 Soundview Ave., Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

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