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Mushing Community Obituaries

In our small community the loss of one enthusiast is a loss for all of us.

To better honor those who have passed, we are creating this page to archive obituaries
rather than deleting the information.

04/02/14: "Rockin" Ron Robbins, of Trapper Creek, Alaska passed away last week
03/10/14: James R. Warren, 69, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014
01/30/14: Buster Samburgh left us on January 24, 2014
07/15/13:
Guy Ervin Blankenship passed away peacefully on July 8, 2013
04/19/13:
Cynthia Molburg, the publisher/editor of Team & Trail, passed away on April 15, 2013
03/29/13: Dick H Barnum passed away on January 7, 2013 after a
valiant fight against cancer
03/16/13: Allan Robert Thomas passed away on March 13, 2013
11/12/12: Edo Lammerts Van Bueren died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
11/06/12:
Harold F. Greenway, 77, of Fairbanks, passed away Nov. 2, 2012
05/31/12: Sled Dog Legend Jean Bryar passed away on May 31, 2012
04/23/12:
Mary Ann (Frank) Attatayuk, 68, of Minto, left us unexpectedly on April 14, 2012.
02/23/12: Cue Bifelt, Huslia, Alaska, passed away on February 21
09/11/11: Harold “Hal” Mapes Dufford, 86, of Kalkaska, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011
06/24/11: Raquel Rodrigues, 17, of Manistique, MI died June 24, 2011
06/16/11: Carl Cochrane, passed away during the week of June 6, 2011, at his home on Birch Creek
05/13/11: Tor Holmboe, 85, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, AK
01/08/11: Art
Allen died from medical complications on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
01/03/11:
John Joseph Welch passed away Dec. 24, 2010, at his home in Two Rivers
12/20/10: Myrtle "Bunny" Rasmussen of Anchorage died December 20, 2010
11/23/10: Daniel J. Timmerman, 39, of Winona, MN, died November 23, 2010
11/10/10: Sharon Lee Willoughby-Blake, DVM, D.C., 63, died Nov. 10, 2010
09/28/10: Sue Donkersloot passed away September 28, 2010
09/13/10:
Sandy Kogl, 67, of Talkeetna died of ALS Sept. 13, 2010
08/18/10: Richard Sterne Best passed on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010
01/02/10: Robert Bacon, passed away on December 25, 2009
09/22/09: Robert L. Kiesling passed away on September 22, 2009.

04/29/09: Bev Stroh passed away on April 29, 2009
04/03/09: A. Cecil Houghton passed away on April 2, 2009
03/01/09: Terry Valitchka passed away on March 1, 2009
09/14/08: Dr. Stephen M. Kerr passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008
08/26/08: William John "Will" Cowie, August 26, 2008
08/08/08: Jim Mors, August 8, 2008
07/09/08: Beatrice Murphy Poston, July 9, 2008
01:30:08: William John Solomon, Sr. 1943-2008
11/19/07: Doris Lake, November 2007
10/31/07: Bill Sullivan, October 31, 2007
09/19/07: Mike Wolf, September 19, 2007
09/14/07: Sled builder Frank Hall, September 14, 2007
06/03/07: Barry MacAlpine, a "Pioneer Musher" of the 1973 Iditarod, died in a fire on June 3rd.
05/13/07: Former musher, R. Glendon "Dick" Brunk, May 13, 2007
05/18/07: Martina Delp died unexpectedly on Friday, May 18, 2007
02/23/07: Bill Taylor passed away Friday, February 23.
02/12/07: Rosemary W. Losonsky passed away quietly at her home Feb. 12, 2007
12/19/06: Agata Franczak passed away on December 19 after a hard fight with cancer.
12/03/06: Michael Breeggemann died unexpectedly, Sunday, December 3, 2006
12/02/06: Herbie Nayokpuk, Iditarod Legend, passed away December 2, 2006
09/20/06: Henry Csabak passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2006
08/05/06: Susan Butcher loses battle against leukemia August 5, 2006
07/14/06: Dodo Perri, 2005 Iditarod veteran from Italy, died Friday, July 14, 2006
04/18/06: Pecos Humphreys of Talkeetna (and Texas) passed away April 13, 2006
04/16/06: Dennis L. Stordahl passed away April 10, 2006
04/11/06: Christopher Andrew Starz
04/03/06: "Celebration of Life" for Violet Redington will be held Saturday April 8th
03/29/06: Mary Ellen (Mellen) Shea
12/31/05: Carol McNeil, wife of 30 years to Doug McNeil, succumbs to cancer
12/24/05: Norman Vaughan
09/19/05: Doc Belford has passed away
07/20/05: TCSDR's Kenny Harris passes away
07/07/05: John Lyman of Gilford, NH passed away June 20
04/28/05: Passing of Mushing Elder, Grant Beck Sr.
              Dick Moulton Remembered


7/7/05
Provided by Sue Magnuson

With deep regret, we wish to inform you that John Lyman of Gilford, NH, driver of the "Flying Irish Setters" and sled dog mushing icon with the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club, passed away Monday evening, June 20, 2005. He was an integral part of the Trail Crew for the World Championship Sled Dog Derby and will always be fondly known by his handle of "Lead Dog". He was a past President of the club as well as an honorary judge.


4/28/05
Provided by Carol Beck

Grant Beck Sr.
Grant Beck Sr. at the age of 18 when he was preparing to travel to the Barrenlands by dogteam.

Passing of Mushing Elder, Grant Beck Sr.

Grant Beck Sr. of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada passed away April 21st at 80 years of age after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Fort Resolution, NWT in 1925.

He is the father of 3 sons, all of whom have dog teams including: Grant Jr., Richard and Danny. He also has numerous grandsons and daughters who continue the family tradition.

At the age of 18 Grant traveled to the Barrenlands by dogteam to trap. It is a distance of over 500 miles and he did it solo. He was one very inspiring and interesting man. Very soft spoken and gentle. He was a very athletic and loved a challenge.

He traveled by dogteam throughout his life but never raced. He did, however, provide Champion dogs to his brothers who raced. He was a tremendous inspiration to all who knew him. His extensive knowledge of dogs certainly gave his sons the foundation for their successes today.

Condolences may be sent to the family by email or postal mail to:

Grant Beck
Box 161,
Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2N2 Canada

gbeck@ssimicro.com


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