Soldotna resident James Tearle Howard died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at his home in Soldotna. He was 34.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 20.
Mr. Howard was born Feb. 29, 1968, in Everett, Wash. He moved to Anchorage in 1976.
He attended high school at East Anchorage High. He served two years in the U.S. Navy. He moved to the Kenai-Soldotna area in 1994 and remained until his death.
Mr. Howard was a private contractor and worked in construction. He worked for Alaska Cab for three years. He also was a merchant marine for landing crafts.
Mr. Howard enjoyed the outdoors and fishing with his family and friends.
"Brother, father, son, friend and companion, Jamie had a deep love and protectiveness of family. A true giver from the heart. He will always be remembered for his outgoing, engaging personality and his disarming smile. His short walk through life was full of adventure. He will always be in the thoughts, hearts and memories of those he loved and all who loved him. We wish him God Speed in his newest and best adventure," his family said.
Mr. Howard was proceeded in death by his mother, Anna Bellm of Kenai, in March.
He is survived by his son, Zane Davis of Kenai; sisters, Roni Erickson of Sterling and Brandy Edelen of Nikiski; father, Steve Bellm of Anchorage; companion and fiance, Teresa Kunkle of Soldotna; and eight nieces and nephews, all from the Kenai area.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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