Longtime Homer resident and retired storekeeper Richard F. P. "Dick" Inglima died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 75.
Mr. Inglima's last request was to return home, and on Dec. 11, his family had Lifeguard Alaska transport him from Providence Hospital where he had been in the intensive care unit since Nov. 8.
A service will be held at noon Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church in Homer. Monsignor Richard Allen will officiate. Pallbearers will be Bob Turkington, Bruce Turkington, David Anderson, Carl Marrs, Patrick Marrs and Mike Pate. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Paul Eneboe, Walt Henwood, Ted Spencer, George Paul, Leo Rhodes, Perry Int-Hout, Tuggle Int-Hout, Red Calhoun, Don Otto, and Alfred Huff. A celebration of life will be held at the Homer Elks Club following the service.
Mr. Inglima was born May 30, 1925, in Brooklyn, New York, to Helen and Mario Inglima. He excelled as a track star at Bishop Loughlin High School, where many of his records remained unbroken for decades. After high school, he received a track scholarship to Manhattan College, but decided to give up his scholarship and joined the Navy when he was 17. He served in the South Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, which sustained the most hits of any aircraft carrier without sinking, during World War II.
Mr. Inglima attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1946 after being discharged from the Navy. There he met and married Lynn Morris of Seldovia. Together they moved to Spokane, New York and Anchorage while he attended college and Lynn attended to the ever-growing family.
In 1954, they moved to Seldovia where they took over Lynn's family store, Morris and Morris. They lived in Seldovia and operated the business until 1966.
Along with being a storekeeper, beloved husband and father, he also was a city council member and Mayor of Seldovia. In 1966 the Inglima's moved to Homer and bought the Homer Cash Store, rebuilding and renaming it Inglima's.
He was active in the Homer Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served as an Exalted Ruler and District Deputy of the Homer Elks Lodge 2127; he was a charter member and president of the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo Number 32, a member of the Homer Planning Commission, a long-time director for Homer Electric Association as well as serving on the South Peninsula Hospital Advisory Board.
Although the Inglimas retired from the grocery business to Kachemak City in 1976 and found time to travel to many destinations including Wales, Italy, Singapore, Thailand and Hawaii, Mr. Inglima still found time to stay active in many civic organizations. After Lynn's death in 1992, he continued his traveling and went to Australia, New Zealand, Roratonga, Costa Rica, Europe and, most recently, Nome, Whitehorse, and Kennicott.
"In addition to traveling, Dick's interests included yearly moose hunts to the Caribou Hills, reading and befriending people of all ages from all walks of life," his family said.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Dick and Laura Inglima of Homer; Mario and Linda Inglima of Anchorage; and daughters and sons-in-law Dianne and Ray Brown of Anchorage; Lyni and Bobby Borland of Homer; and Helyn and Shep Schoepke of Homer; grandchildren include Robby, Ricky and Randy Borland, Shannon and Sydney Schoepke, Alex and Juli Inglima all of Homer and Amber Eiswerth-Brown of Spokane. Other family includes brother and sister-in-law Peter and Mary Inglima of New York; nephew Kenneth Inglima; cousins Bill and Dixie Waddell, and Enid Proulx; and special friend Patricia Johnston of Anchorage.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Luned "Lynn" Morris Inglima, and his parents.
The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to "Share the Spirit" for food baskets to needy families or a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.
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