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Kenneth B. and Wilma L. Stradling

Longtime Anchor Point residents Kenneth B. and Wilma L. Stradling died in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000. Wilma was in long-term care at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, and Ken was at home. She was 74; he was 72.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Anchor Point-Stariski Cemetery. A memorial service and potluck will follow at 3 p.m. at Clendenen's Corner in Anchor Point. The Rev. Jason Johnson will officiate at both services. Pallbearers include Marc, Matt and David Roderick; Jarid and Jeremy Symens; Forney Ingram and Ed Berthelot.

Mrs. Stradling was born on May 14, 1925, the daughter of Wesley and Lillian (Bain) Kobel at Tacoma, Wash. She was raised and educated in Tacoma. In 1955, she moved to Alaska to homestead out North Fork Road. She worked at Aprill's Motel, Alaska Seafoods and the Anchor River Inn. For years, she was responsible for cooking the fine food at the inn.

Mr. Stradling was born April 14, 1927, in Douglas, Ariz. His family moved to and he spent most of his time in New Mexico. He served in the 11th Airborne in World War II in the Philippines. He moved to Alaska in 1962 and lived with Elton and Edna Anderson on their homestead. He ran the store at the Silver King Lodge and then the Anchor Point Laundromat. He was a retired teamster who worked on the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

The Stradlings were married Feb. 23, 1979, in Homer.

Mrs. Stradling was a member of the Methodist faith and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Women's Auxiliary. She was active in the Anchor Point Community Club, the Parent Teacher Association and the Homemakers. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, flowers, halibut fishing and her grandchildren.

Mr. Stradling was a lifetime member of the VFW and its current post commander. He proudly made sure things at the VFW were run right, fair and always with the most respect for its members and all veterans alike. He raised two boys, Levi and David, and the last three years of his life was brightened by his new grandson, Justin Colby.

The Stradlings are survived by their children Carolyn Roderick, John Symens, Jerry Symens and Levi Stradling and their families, all of Anchor Point, including 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Stradling is survived by three brothers and a sister, all of New Mexico.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Homer, 3953 Bartlett, Suite 3, Homer AK 99603; the Alzheimer's Association, 240 E. Tudor Rd., Suite 110, Anchorage AK 99503 or the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 2165, Kenai AK 99611-2165.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, February 15, 2000



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