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A force in the Talkeetna community passed on this morning.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This obituary was submitted by Roberta Sheldon’s family.

Roberta Bille Reeve passed on the morning of June 4, 2014 in the company of her family at her Talkeetna home.  Roberta dearly loved the community and people of Talkeetna.  Her Celebration of Life will be held at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:00pm.

Roberta was born May 14, 1940, to Robert Reeve and Janice “Tilly” Reeve.  She was their firstborn daughter, named after her father who founded Reeve Aleutian Airways.

Roberta graduated from Anchorage High School, class of 1958.  She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she made deep and lasting friendships with Alaskans from across the state.

She worked in administration for Reeve Aleutian Airways and then traveled the world in her job as a stewardess for a variety of non-scheduled carriers including Flying Tiger Line.

In 1964 she married Don Sheldon and moved to Talkeetna where they co-owned and operated Talkeetna Air Service.  Roberta celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of her arrival in Talkeetna on May 21, 2014.

Roberta was passionate about many environmental and preservation matters.  Her drive emanated from a desire to safeguard the character and integrity of those areas she cared for deeply.  She was a driving force behind the Talkeetna Historical Society and directly responsible for preserving numerous historical Talkeetna structures.  Roberta was exceedingly effective in shaping multiple local and regional land use plans.  She faithfully served as the Chair of the Talkeetna Community Council for many years where she established a voice for Talkeetna and a framework from which to enforce community desires.  Roberta was also a frequent advisor to countless community and environmental groups that tremendously benefited from her insight, and her organizational and writing skills.

As a historian and writer, Roberta contributed to many publications including Alaska Magazine.  She authored many published opinion pieces and letters to the editors of Alaska based news publications.  Roberta also wrote The Heritage of Talkeetna and The Mystery of The Cache Creek Murders, two authoritative books on life and historical accounts of the upper Susitna Valley.

She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Sheldon.

Roberta is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Holly and David Lee, daughter and son-in-law Kate Sheldon and Steve Mairose, son Robert Sheldon and daughter-in-law Marne Sheldon, granddaughters Tilly Sheldon Geiger and Reeve Mairose and grandsons Taylor Sheldon, Ryan Sheldon and Cameron Sheldon.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the organization Roberta lovingly created named the Talkeetna Defense Fund, P.O. Box 292, Talkeetna, AK 99676.

Celebration of Life for Jane Buchanan

Monday, August 5, 2013

 

Talkeetna resident Jane Buchanan passed away suddenly this past weekend. There will be a Celebration of Life for Jane on Friday, August 9th at 4 pm at the Northern Susitna Institute, outdoors, weather permitting. You’re asked to bring a contribution to the potluck, photos, and a folding chair.

 

 

Troopers attend to two home deaths

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Talkeetna Troopers responded to two separate, expected home deaths this morning (wed).  Both Duane Brown, age 80, and Thomas Davison, age 66, passed away in their respective homes.

One of Thomas Davison’s sons, Joe, was in Talkeetna earlier this year filming Frostbite, a film due to be released later this fall.  Davison had Comfort One paperwork on file and his family was present at the time of his death.

Duane Brown also had paperwork on file and was released immediately to the family, who, according to Troopers, was present at his bedside.

Eugene Forrest Jenne-obituary

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The following obituary was provided by the family:

Eugene Forrest Jenne, age 81 died April 29, 2011 at home in Talkeetna, Alaska after an extended illness. A memorial service to share his life will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Talkeetna Elementary School at 2 pm. (more…)

Jenne and Pratt pass away over the weekend

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Two home deaths of long time Talkeetna residents occurred this past weekend.

Gene Jenne, age 81, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday.

Jenne owned and operated Three Rivers Laundromat  and gas station in downtown Talkeetna with his wife, Rose, for years. He was a well-known, and a well respected community member that everyone will remember fondly. Gene did a number of things for the community behind the scenes that not everyone was aware of — he was known as a person with a big heart that did a lot for the community.

The family is planning a memorial service that will be announced to the community soon.

(Listeners can go to Nuggets to listen to a half hour conversation with Rose and Gene in 2009)

Alaska State Troopers  responded to a call on Sunday afternoon about a deceased family member on Barge Road near Talkeetna.   Troopers said Anna Pratt, age 57, died at her home Sunday. No foul play is suspected.

Pratt was also a long time member of the community. Her children attended and graduated from Su Valley High School and were well known top athletes.   She and her husband were both formerly real estate agents in Talkeetna.  She was recently on the list to be interviewed for the position of Talkeetna Historical Museum curator.

Fast killed near downtown Talkeetna Friday evening

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Alaska State Troopers responded to reports of a gunshot at 9:15 Friday evening at the Latitude 62 in Talkeetna.

Dirk Fast, age 53, of Talkeetna was shot and killed inside the restaurant bar. (more…)

Efforts continue on retrieving Puryear from Tibet

Friday, October 29, 2010

Close friends are continuing to assist Michelle O’Neil Puryear to bring her husband back to the U.S.  Joe Puryear died tragically on Labuche Kang in Tibet on Tuesday. He was 37 years old.  Puryear’s climbing blog is posting information about the retrieval effort and how friends can contribute.  Readers can go to an article here in the Seattle Times for a tribute to Puryear and for more information on the climb.

Mountaineer Joe Puryear dies in Tibet

Mountaineer Joe Puryear dies in Tibet

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Joe Puryear in Tibet in 2007. photo courtesy of Mike Gauthier

Climbers and mountaineers in Talkeetna and around the world are mourning the death of Joe Puryear.  He died Tuesday while trying to pioneer a route on Labuche Kang, a mountain in remote Tibet. (more…)

Obituary – Wayne R. Richardson

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Talkeetna resident Wayne Richardson died on October 12, 2010.  The information below is from his family.  There is a link to a beautiful video tribute (it takes a bit to load and about 10 minutes to watch):

Wayne Ralph Richardson was born November 13, 1951 to Ralph and Irene (Domine) Richardson in Marshall, MN. Not sure if he would even survive, Wayne was baptized three days later while still in the hospital. (more…)

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