Eugene V. Browning
Longtime Homer resident Eugene V. Browning died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with his family by his side. He was 100.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Glacierview Baptist Church in Homer. Pastor Rick Wise officiated.
Mr. Browning was born June 2, 1906 to William and Henrietta Browning in Bessemer, Ala. When he was 20, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served eight years until being honorably discharged in 1933. He moved to Alaska in 1948. He was employed by Homer Electric Association from 1950-54. He also owned and operated Alaska Seafoods on the Homer Spit from 1955 to the mid-1970s, when he retired.
Mr. Browning was a member of the All Navy Rowing Team, which took the Battenberg Cup from England in 1929. He was appointed to the Alaska King Crab Marketing Board by Gov. Hickel in the mid-1960s, and was named Homer Citizen of the Year in 1972. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and reading.
The family wrote, “He was a very generous person. Dad loved to garden and share the bounty of his garden with friends and family. He had a pioneering spirit as evidenced by his decision to move his family to Alaska in 1948 to homestead in the Homer area. The family (five members at that time) and belongings were loaded into a homemade ‘motor home’ for the month-long trip from Alabama to Alaska. Dad always loved the water. He built two commercial fishing boats in Homer and was active in boating into his 90s.”
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Henrietta; and 11 brothers and sisters. Mr. Browning is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marion L. Browning of Homer; sons, Bob of St. Louis, Mo., Lee of Anchorage, Art of Chandler, Ariz., John of Homer and Barry of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters, Marilyn Williams of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Dixie Cude of Mesa, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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