Richard Michael 'Mikey' Romer
Alaska Native and lifelong Alaskan Richard Michael "Mikey" Romer died Thursday May 26, 2005, in Kenai. He was 20.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 30 at the family home, 320 Thompson Place in Kenai. After Mr. Romer is laid to rest in Nenana, there will be a ceremonial potlatch at the Tribal Hall on Monday, June 6.
Mr. Romer was born April 4, 1985, in Anchorage. He had lived in Anchorage, Wasilla, Kenai, Bethel, Fairbanks, Tanacross, St. Mary's, Mountain Village and Hoonah.
Mr. Romer was a computer and communications technician and the sole proprietor of Alaska Technologies Solutions. He was active in the development of the Spirit Village-Hoonah Community Residential Center, which is being developed to provide support services for Alaska Native offenders transitioning back into their family and community networks. The late Richard Dalton Sr., founder of the spirit camp, and Mr. Romer's family inspired Mr. Romer's commitment to the spirit camp development.
He enjoyed computer games, fishing and playing cards, golf and basketball. He took pleasure in Native dancing and sharing with elders, especially storytelling.
"He will be remembered for many great and dear things. He was an extremely intelligent young man, who throughout his life was referred to as an old soul and wise beyond his years. Michael had a way with words and the ability to be remarkable at everything he did," his family said.
"Michael had a playful sense of humor and a magnificent smile to match. His wisdom and sense of humor brought joy to everyone he touched, from young children to elders. Michael was selfless in his interactions with others and his family was his main priority."
Mr. Romer is survived by his mother, Darlene Wright; sisters, Jennifer Romer, Brandy Niclai, Roxanna Romer and Maliaq Wright; grandparents Carol (Wright) and James Segura, and Donald and Judith Wright; uncles Donald, George, Gareth Wright and James Segura; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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