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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 19:00

Community honors longtime resident

A memorial service was held to honor longtime Chugiak-Eagle River resident Russell Oberg, who died about three weeks ago.

Oberg settled in Peters Creek in 1950 on a five-acre piece of land. Three years later, he filed for an 80-acre homestead and built a new house.

Oberg Field, a baseball field, was established in the early 1960s on a portion of the family’s homestead. Soccer fields, a basketball court and park were added in 1990 after Russell and the Oberg family donated land to the local Parks and Recreation Department.

“Russell was one of the founding fathers of this community,” former Star publisher Lee Jordan said. “He shaped and helped build the community from a bunch of birch trees into what it is today.”


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