Henry R. Ferguson


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2007

Henry R. Ferguson of Palmer died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at home. He was 85.

Services are not scheduled.

Mr. Ferguson was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Braintree, Mass. to Oliver F. and Ethel B. Ferguson. He graduated from Braintree High School. He married Nancy B. Ferguson on Dec. 17, 1950, in Great Falls, Mont.

“Henry was a well-known member of Alaska’s horse community. He was the first commercial farrier (horseshoer) and very active in the horse show community as the official farrier and master of his own stable of kids and horses. His horseshoeing business took him all over the state wherever anyone needed shoes put on a ‘hoss’. His horse sense will be sorely missed by many people. He is also greatly missed by his constant companion of 10 years, Shaker,” his family said. “Henry served with the U.S. Navy in the SeaBees, 105th Battalion in New Guinea, Leyte and the Phillipines. He was very proud when his grandson, Cody, followed in his footsteps and joined the Navy this year.”

He was a life-long member of several Masonic bodies and held many offices. He also was a founding member of the Palmer Senior Center, where he and his wife volunteered many hours.

Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his siblings; and children, Gail, Chuck and John.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years; daughters and their families, Ethel and Jim Riley of Kasilof and Bette and Mike Gilliland of Sterling; grandchildren, Mandi and Issaac Wedin, Brian Gilliland, Cody Riley and Caitlin Riley; and great-grandson, Ashton Leroy.

Nancy is visiting her daughters on the peninsula for the next few weeks. Those wishing to visit may call Ethel at 262-8723 to make arrangements.

Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Palmer.

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