Lonnie Hartwell Temple


Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2001

Alaskan sourdough, Lonnie Hartwell "Harty" Temple, died Oct. 3, 2001, after surgery at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 76. No service is planned at Mr. Temple's request. His remains will be scattered at a later date. An informal gathering will be conducted on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Mr. Temple was born Feb. 26, 1925, in England, Ark., to Lonnie W. and Irene Temple. He was the oldest of three children. In 1930, his family moved to Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he was raised until 1942. He attended Southeast Missouri University and the University of Missouri and served in the military until his honorable discharge in 1946 from the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Temple worked his way across the country, finally moving to the Alaska Territory in 1948. He was a resident of Whittier and worked for the Alaska Railroad until moving to Anchorage in 1950. He opened Alaska's first taxidermy shop in 1950. In 1957, Mr. Temple started commercial fishing and continued to live in Anchorage. In 1990, he retired to Kenai, where he lived until his death.

"Lonnie was a wonderful husband, father and friend. Daddy was Cheryl's constant companion. Many a snow sled was pulled in Cheryl's youth by Lonnie while Cheryl yelled, 'Faster, Daddy, faster.' He was always willing to help anyone and everyone. Since the early years, he was known throughout Alaska for his artwork and taxidermy. Lonnie held a special place in his heart for Alaska. He will be sadly missed," his family said.

Mr. Temple is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jean A. Temple; daughter, Cheryl Lynn Temple; son-in-law, Geary Gresham; brother, Smith Bradley Temple; sister, Judith Ann Temple; mother-in-law, Grace McDonald; sister-in-law, Sally Shelton; nephew, Tom Temple; niece, Becky Roehm; and many cousins and friends throughout the United States.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The Defenders of Wildlife, P.O. Box 26981, Washington, D.C. 20077-7225.

Arrangements were made by Witzleben Family Funeral Home.

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