William Allen Brewster
Washington and former Kenai Peninsula resident William Allen Brewster died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at his home in Bothel, Wash., surrounded by family. He was 56.
Interment will be held in Bothel at a later date. A potluck gathering of his Alaska family and friends will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Stedi RV Park off Kalifornsky Beach Road. For directions, call 283-2056.
Mr. Brewster was born Nov. 19, 1948, in Warroad, Minn., to Millard (Bim) and Ruth Brewster. He moved to Alaska in 1959 and lived and commercial fished in Ninilchik, Seldovia and Homer. He also ran tug boats for Crowley Maritime out of Whittier.
At 17, he joined the Army and received two purple hearts for his service in Vietnam.
"He never fully recovered from his experience overseas and the treatment given to Vietnam vets when they returned home. In the last years of his life, Bill lived and worked in the Bothel area. He became involved in the Point Man Ministries and turned his life over to the Lord. Much of his Vietnam burden was eased through the love, prayers and patience of his wife, Sherie, and her family, Gary and Lavonne Norris and Bill Cray," his family said.
"His love of hunting and motorcycle riding remained strong and he was able to do one last hunt, a farewell bike ride back to Minnesota and a fishing trip to Alaska."
Mr. Brewster was preceded in death by his parents, Bim and Ruth; brother, Jimmy; and niece, Amparo Brewster.
He is survived by his wife, Sherie; sons, Travis, and his wife, Beth, David, and his wife, Whitne and Jonathan Schmitt; daughters, Michelle Brewster, Leanne Brewster and Desiree Schmitt; brother, Dale, and his wife, Kathy Brewster; sisters, Nancy, and her husband, Gary Eoff, Margaret Brewster and Edi, and her husband, Steve Macik; grandchildren; Hailey, Tanner, Elle Marie, Aiden and Jonell; nieces and nephews, Gordon, Tony, DJ, Quanah and Emily Swenning Brewster, Bridgette Attleson, Kurt Nelson, Jim and Kassrina Knodel, Paige Blackburn and Keevin Macik.
The family asks that condolences be forwarded to Edi Macik at 34410 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Purdy Funeral Home in Linwood, Wash.
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