Douglas E. Gibson, 70, of Eagle River, died unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Isolde, of Eagle River; children, Christian and Erin; grandchildren, Kegan, Eryx, Taylor and Annika Gibson, all of Sahuarita, Ariz.; and all his friends.
Eagle River’s Steven Puterbaugh, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Dec. 20, 2011. Puterbaugh is the son of Steve and Katie Puterbugh and is a member of Troop 219. For his Eagle project, Puterbaugh installed a new foundation to a swing set at Mirror Lake Park.
Tabitha McCain, of Birchwood, will marryVyacheslav (Slava) Kalashnikov in September. The couple met on Slava’s birthday four years ago. They enjoy snowmachinging, four-wheeling, camping, fishing, dogs, travel and very big Dodge pick-ups.
The bride is the daughter of Randy and Gail McCain of Birchwood. The groom is the son of Alexandr Georgevich Kalashnikov and Tatyana Wert.
Kairi K. Berg and Alexander V. Matson, of Eagle River, were each named to the Dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus for the 2011 spring semester. In order to make the list, students must have completed at least 12 credits with a minumum 3.66 grade point average.
John E. Smelcer, of Chugiak, graduated from the Harpur College of Arts and Scicnes at Binghamton University in New York with a PHD in English. Binghamton is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York system.
Longtime Eagle River resident Patricia Opheen Redmond, 55, died unexpectedly Aug. 18, 2011, at Alaska Regional Hospital.
Known as “Trish” by her friends and co-workers and “Patti” by her family, she was born in 1955 in Sunnyvale, California and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1978. Trish earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska in 1990, and was a registered professional civil engineer.