Ed Willis, a former Alaska legislator and Anchorage Assembly member who was an early advocate for special education and instrumental in bringing a high school to Chugiak in the 1960s, died Monday in Anchorage. He was 94.
Willis was a longtime Eagle River resident who spent the last decade living at the Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, according to his family.
Mike Wallace, the last of three well-known brothers who helped shape early Chugiak, died on Oct. 24, 2017 at his home. He was 82.
The Wallace brothers — Mike, Art and Til — arrived in 1950s Chugiak-Eagle River and quickly established themselves among the town’s foremost characters. Art and Til started a brick business that helped build several of the area’s early buildings. According to his obituary, Mike Wallace and his parents came to Alaska to join Art and Til after Mike got out of the Army.
Longtime Chugiak resident Bruce Edward Arndt died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center in Chugiak, Alaska. He was 100 years old.
A 62-year Alaska resident who served as a U.S. Army officer in WWII and Korea, Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Anne (Drake) Arndt, of Chugiak; and his parents, Frederick and Marguerite Arndt. He is survived by his three children: Fred Arndt of Tucson, Arizona; Marguerite Iverson of Anchorage; and Jane Jordan of Anchorage; as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Michael Kocher’s death at the hands of police near Denver, Colorado earlier this month was the final chapter in a story that had become increasingly tragic as Kocher descended into a world of drugs and psychological problems.