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ALASKA OBITUARIES OF ALFORDS

AND SPELLING VARIATIONS

 

 

Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. Included are people whose last name, maiden name, or married name is Alford or a spelling variation: Alfred, Alvord, Allford, Halford, Hallford, Holford, etc.

 

The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we included the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.

 

The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) often adds notes to each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. We add to AAFA NOTES as time permits.

 

Where lineages are included (Alford unless otherwise stated), the format is: Name, year of birth, state or country of birth.

 

Obituaries of AAFA members and sometimes their spouses are also included on AAFA Member Memorials and may include more information.

 

We welcome corrections and additional information. If you have an obituary from this state that is not included here, please share it with us!

 

Date posted: 21 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

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ALPHUS ARNOLD ALFORD, JR.

 

DAILY NEWS

Anchorage, AK—28 May 1997

 

            Alphus Arnold “Bo Bo” Alford, Jr., 33, died May 16, 1997, in Naknek.

            A funeral was May 23, 1997, at St. Anna’s Orthodox Church in Naknek, with Bishop Innocent officiating. Pallbearers included Amos Anderson, Kenny Coghill, Troy Peterson, Mark Noden, Eddie Clark and John Wassillie. Burial was at Bristol Bay Borough Cemetery in Naknek.

            Mr. Alford was born in Kanakanak on June 24, 1963, and lived in Naknek for most of his life. He was a commercial fisherman and mechanic and often worked for his father.

            His family said, “Almost everyone was a friend of Bo Bo’s and he will be greatly missed by all.”

            Mr. Alford is survived by his children, Brandon Lee Alford, Ryan John Roehl and Katy Nicole Alford; parents, Alphus Sr. and Winnie Alford; sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Rogelio Mejorada; and niece Veronica, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Alaska and Georgia.

            Local arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapels.

 

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Photo from Bristol Bay Borough, Naknek, Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Julia C. Jedlicka

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Alphus A. Alford JR. (SS# issued in AK), last residence not listed.

            From Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry): Alphus Arnold Alford Jr. was born 24 June 1963 in Kanakanak, AK.

            In the 1956 Albany, GA, City Directory (Ancestry), Alphus A. Alford, USAF, and Winifred U. are listed.

 

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DAYNA LOUISE ALVORD

 

Dayna Louise Alvord

Photo from her Find A Grave memorial

Posted by contributor DER

 

DAILY NEWS

Anchorage, AK—Friday, 15 November 2013

 

May 3, 1980 ~ Nov. 10, 2013

 

            Dayna Louise Alvord, passed peacefully from this life to the next November 10, 2013 at her sister's home, surrounded by family.

            Memorial Service in honor of Dayna will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Abundant Life Church, 825 Lucas Road in Wasilla, Alaska. Reverend Paul Greer will be officiating.

            Dayna was born May 3, 1980 to Dean and Etta Alvord. Dayna grew up in Washington, graduated from Yelm High School and received an AA degree from South Puget Sound Community College during which she spent time as a foreign exchange student in Costa Rica.

            Dayna had an insatiable love of life, music, dancing, beautiful clothes, friends, family and the apple of her eyes, her niece and nephew; Ashlynn and Everett.

            After beating cancer the first time around, she moved to Alaska in 2008 where despite two false hips, she took up and loved the sport of long distance cycling.

            Gone, but not forgotten. Full of life, full of love, passion, and compassion for others, our most precious jewel, Dayna loved dearly everyone in her life.

            Dayna is survived by her mom and dad; brother and sister in-law, Matthew and Mindy; brother, Bert; her soul mate and sister, Leslie and brother in-law Caleb. She is also survived by her niece and nephew, Ashlynn and Everett; and her grandmother, Faye.

            Dayna would like to thank all those who played a role in her life for making it full and meaningful.

            In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that you wear your brightest and happiest attire.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Dayna Alvord (SS# issued in WA), last residence not listed.

            From Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004 (Ancestry.com): Dean S. Alvord married Etta D. Wright on 27 July 1979 in Thurston Co., WA.

 

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ELMER ROGER ALFORD

 

DAILY SENTINEL

Sitka, AK—Thursday, 10 April 1986

 

ROCKSLIDE KILLS WORKER

 

JUNEAU—A 54-year-old construction worker was killed Tuesday night [April 8] and another man was hurt in a rockslide on a readjust outside of Skagway, authorities say.

            Skagway police say Haines resident Elmer Alford was killed when he was caught in the slide about 5 miles west of town. Alford was employed as an explosives handler for Northern Timber Corp., a company that was working to widen the road.

            Alford and state highway inspector Cliff Douglas, 34, were apparently checking the stability of the hillside after a dynamite blast when the slide began, police told a reporter for radio station KHNS.

            Alford was trapped under the falling rocks, but Douglas managed to jump to safety and suffered only minor injuries, said Skagway Police Chief Dennis Spurrier. Fellow workers found Alford's body after digging through the rubble for more than 20 minutes, Spurrier said.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Elmer Alford (SS# issued in ID) was born 3 Oct 1931, last residence Haines, Haines Co., AK.

            We included the obituaries of his parents, Everett Vernon Alford and Ethel A. Fisher Alford, in Washington Obituaries; and his brother Dennis Dee Alford in Oregon Obituaries.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Benedict Alford and Joan Newton.

            His lineage: Elmer Roger 1931 OR1, Everett Vernon 1901 KS2, Alva Clark 1871 IL3, Martin Luther 1846 IL4, Clark Baker 1803 VT5, Ashley Owen 1770 VT6, Benedict 1716 CT7, Benedict 1688 CT8, Jeremiah 1655 CT9, Benedict 1619 England10, Thomas 1598 England11.

 

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FRED LESTER ALVORD

 

DAILY NEWS

Anchorage, AK—16 July 1996

 

            Anchorage resident Fred L. Alvord, 66, died July 8, 1996, at the Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage.

            He was born May 9, 1930, in Olympia, Wash., to Clarence and Myrtle Alvord.

            He moved to Alaska in 1982 and had worked as a heavy duty equipment operator in both Washington and Alaska.

            He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. His family said, “He will be remembered for his honesty and directness.”

            Mr. Alvord is survived by his sons, Tom and Jay, both of Olympia; daughter, Stacey Howdeshell of Galena; two grandchildren, Jacob and Zachery Howdeshell of Galena; two brothers, Bob of Big Lake and Jim of Atascadero, Calif.; and three sisters, Carolyn Ingram of Bend, Ore., Deanie Bartley of Lacey, Wash., and Terrie Lynn Thornberg of Albuquerque, N.M.

            Arrangements were handled by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Fred L. Alvord (SS# issued in WA), last residence Anchorage, Anchorage Co., AK.

            See the obituary of his brother Robert Louis Alvord in this compilation. We included the obituary of his brother James B. Alvord in California Obituaries.

            From Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry): Fred Lester Alvord, born 9 May 1930 in Olympia, WA, was the son of Clarence B. Alvord and Dortha M. Metzko.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore.

            His ALVORD lineage: Fred Lester 1930 WA1, Clarence Bertram 1895 IL2, Albert Louis 1858 MO3, Joshua Nichols 1823 NY4, August Tripp 1798 VT5, Woolcott 1773 MA6, John 1739 CT7, Thomas 1710 MA8, Thomas 1683 MA9, Thomas 1653 CT10, Alexander 1627 England11, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England12.

 

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HARRY KENT ALFORD

 

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Photo from Marcia Corbett’s Corbett Family Tree (Ancestry.com) - used with permission

 

DAILY NEWS-MINER

Fairbanks, AK—Tuesday, 6 July 1976

 

            Services were held at 2 p.m. today at Ft. Wainwright's Chapel No. 1 for Harry Kent Alford, 46, who died suddenly at Bassett Army Hospital on Thursday [July 1].

            Alford was originally from West Virginia, and had been a Fairbanks resident for four years. He was employed at Ft. Wainwright.

            Alford is survived by his wife, Virginia, a son, Richard, and two daughters, Linda and Cindy, all of North Pole. Other survivors include a brother, Donald, of Springfield, Ohio, and five sisters: Barbara Holliday, of Springfield; Patti Keeler, of Sunbury, Ohio; Betty Goodwin, of Ronceverte, W.Va.; Doroty Sclegelmilch, of San Jose, Calif.; and Doris Hudson, of Petaluma, Calif.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alaska Heart Association.

 

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Photo from Birch Hill Cemetery, Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, arcticamy

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Harry Alford (SS# issued in WV) was born 17 Apr 1930 and died _____ July 1976, last residence North Pole, Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK.

            We included the obituaries of his parents, Clark Lee Alford and Gladys Laura Morgan Alford; and sister Barbara Lee Alford Holliday in Ohio Obituaries; his sister Betty Jean Alford Goodwin in West Virginia Obituaries; and his sister Doris Ann Alford Hudson in California Obituaries.

            Harry’s ancestor John 1773 VA married Margaret Alford 1774 VA, daughter of John 1735 Ireland6, so he has two Alford lines. See AAFA’s published genealogy, Descendants of ‘Irish’ John Alford.

            See also AAFA’s published genealogy, Descendants of John & Mary Alford of Frederick County VA.

            His lineage: Harry Kent 1930 WV1, Clark Lee 1902 WV2, Olen Bucy 1877 WV3, Merican V. 1831 VA4, Joseph 1802 VA5, John 1773 VA6, John 1732 VA7, John 1696 ??8.

 

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JOHN ALFORD

 

[He died in OR, but we are also including his obituary here because he lived in AK until his institutionalization.]

 

DAILY ALASKA DISPATCH

Juneau, AK—Saturday, 29 March 1913

 

JUNEAU PIONEER DIES IN ASYLUM

JOHN ALFORD PASSES AWAY ON MARCH 22

DEATH DUE TO BROKEN HEART – WAS FOUND INSANE AFTER TRAGEDY IN FAMILY HE LIVED WITH 15 YEARS

 

            John Alford, a faithful old pioneer of Juneau, who was found to be suffering from insanity by a jury here over two years ago, and sent to Mt. Tabor asylum for treatment died in that institution on March 22nd according to word received by Edward Webster today from the superintendent of the asylum.

            Alford had never forgotten Mr. Webster, with whom he resided here for fifteen years previous to his loss of reason, and had directed the asylum superintendent convey tidings of his death before he died.

            The dead man was greatly attached to Mr. Webster and his family, by reason of the many kindnesses heaped upon him by them. Then seventeen year old Claude Webster was tragically drowned at the Bar two years ago last November Mr. Alford, who had watched the boy grow from chubby babyhood to young manhood, commenced to lose his powers of reasoning. For days he brooded over the misfortune. Finally it was thought best to send him away.

            Alford was 66 years of age. He had been in Juneau eighteen years.

 

AAFA NOTES: From his FAG memorial: “John Alford was admitted to Morningside Hospital from Juneau, Alaska on February 11, 1911. His condition at that time was ‘Senile dementia, wanders, vague. Tidy and quiet. Physical condition not very good.’ Cause of death: Intestinal obstruction.”

            From 4/20/2012 email from Friends of Multnomah Park Cemetery: “John's grave does not have a marker…. He is interred next to Blanche Marnell, who operated a "bawdy house" in Juneau before she was removed to Morningside Hospital after becoming symptomatic for tertiary syphilis. She and John died on the same day at the hospital. More about Morningside Hospital can be found at www.morningsidehospital.com.”

            From his Declaration of Intention: he was born in Stanger, Norway, on 12 May 1845 and arrived in Astoria, OR, in March 1872. He applied for citizenship on 8 Sept 1908.

 

John Alford Naturalization

 

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JOHN ALFRED, JR.

 

DAILY NEWS-MINER

Fairbanks, AK—Tuesday, 22 March 2011

 

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            John Alfred Jr., 68, of Minto, passed away with a smile surrounded by family and friends on a beautiful Sunday afternoon March 20, 2011, at Denali Center in Fairbanks from heart failure and stroke complications.

            John was born Dec. 5, 1942, to John Alfred Sr. and Lily Peter Alfred at their camp in the Minto Flats. After his parents passed away, he was adopted by Walter and Louise Titus and grew up in the Tanana River village of Old Minto.

            He attended Minto School, St. Mark’s Mission in Nenana, Wrangell Academy and Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. He proudly served in communications in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany between 1965 and 1968.

            John became a journeyman carpenter and accomplished woodworker. He was employed for many years on construction projects for the community of Minto and at Interior Alaska’s military bases. He made many of the caskets and most of the crosses in the Minto cemetery. He also served as a member of the Minto Village Council.

John lived in Fairbanks, Nenana, Manley Hot Springs and Minto. He knew the Minto Flats like the back of his hand, and was an experienced hunter, trapper and fisherman. He enjoyed his 2004 visit to Pelly, Yukon, to visit relatives.

            “Uncle Johnny” was a special uncle and grandpa to all of his many nieces, nephews and their children. He was inseparable for many years from his favorite pet dog, Ebony.

            He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lena Peter and Little Peter; his grandparents, Chief Peter John and Elsie John; uncle, Solomon Peter; and sister, Ferrell Mae Bauchmann.

            He is survived by his sisters, Edith Szmyd of Fairbanks and her extended family and Irene Titus Sherry and husband Paul of Minto; brothers, Edmond Titus and Edward Titus of Minto and Rodger Albert of Pelly, Yukon Territory; brother-in-law, Walt Bauchmann; and his aunties, Cora Smith, Garnett Ahkiviana and Eartha John; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

            Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. and a service will begin at 11 a.m., today, March 22, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

            The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Minto Community Hall, followed by a traditional Athabascan potlatch.

            Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of John Alfred Jr. (SS# issued in AL), last residence Minto, Yukon Koyukuk Co., AK.

 

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ROBERT LOUIS ALVORD

 

MAT-SU VALLEY FRONTIERSMAN

Wasilla, Matanuska Susitna Borough, AK—2 November 2006

 

            Robert Louis Alvord, 84, died Oct. 29, 2006, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer due to natural causes. A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 4, 2006, at the Masonic Center on 15th and Eagle in Anchorage.

            He was born Aug. 8, 1922, in Kankakee, Ill. He was in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945. He also served in the Philippines during World War II. In 1956, he moved to Alaska. He lived in Anchorage, Bristol Bay and Cordova.

            He worked and lived all over Alaska. He was employed by White Alice Communications, Alaska Pipeline and ITT. In 1979, he retired from ITT.

            He was affiliated with Mason, Alaska Shrine and Amaranth. His call sign was Ham Radio WL7BOA, and he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

            His family stated, “Bob was a wonderful husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend to many. He believed in the ‘Brotherhood of Man’ and sought always to lend a hand to any in need. He also loved his suspenders.”

            He is survived by his wife, Chris Alvord of Big Lake; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Sandy Alvord of Benicia, Calif.; son, Dennis Alvord of San Jose, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Etta Alvord of Rochester, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Lou and Tina Alvord of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Rick Gifford of Kodiak; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and his dog, Heidi.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Amaranth Diabetic Research at P.O. Box 876791, Wasilla, AK 99687.

            Arrangements were with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Robert L. Alvord (SS# issued in WA), last residence Wasilla, Matanuska Susitna Co., AK.

            See the obituary of his brother Fred Lester Alvord in this compilation. We included the obituary of his brother James B. Alvord in California Obituaries.

            From Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry): Robert Louis Alvord, born 8 Aug 1922 in Kankakee, IL, was the son of Clarence B. Alvord and Myrtle D. Metzka.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogy, Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore.

            His ALVORD lineage: Robert Louis 1922 IL1, Clarence Bertram 1895 IL2, Albert Louis 1858 MO3, Joshua Nichols 1823 NY4, August Tripp 1798 VT5, Woolcott 1773 MA6, John 1739 CT7, Thomas 1710 MA8, Thomas 1683 MA9, Thomas 1653 CT10, Alexander 1627 England11, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England12.

 

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SYLVESTER ALFORD, JR.

 

DAILY NEWS

Anchorage, AK—Saturday, 13 November 1999

 

            Anchorage Resident Sylvester Alford Jr., 67, died of cancer Nov. 11, 1999, at home.

            A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Witzleben’s Bragaw Chapel with visitation beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.

            Mr. Alford was born May 5, 1932, in Birmingham, Ala. He moved to Anchorage in 1966 and worked as owner/contractor for Black Top Paving, which became Allied Paving during the late x’70s, until his retirement in May 1997.

            He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, roller skating, singing and the gospel group of evangelist singers, “Mello-Aires.”

            His family said: “He was a loving and caring father.”

            Mr. Alford is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Valencia Alford Gresham and Mark Gresham Jr.; daughter, Ericka Alford Donaldson; sons, Ronald Alford, Gulvester [Sylvester?] Alford III and Marcus Alford; and grandchildren, Jalen Gresham, Deshay Donaldson, Rhonda Alford, Ronald Alford Jr., Brian Alford and Corey Alford; and great-grandson, Joshua Alford.

 

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Photo from Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, AK—www.findagrave.com

Permission granted by the photographer, Nancy K

 

AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Gulvester (corrected to Sylvester) Alford (SS# issued in AL), last residence Anchorage, Anchorage Co., AK.

            From Social Security Applications and Claims Index (Ancestry): Sylvester Alford Jr., black, born 2 May 1932 in Birmingham Junction, AL, son of Gulvester Alford and Legretta Brown.

 

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WILLIAM H. ALFORD

 

DAILY SENTINEL

Sitka, AK—Friday, 19 July 1940

 

Pioneer Home, Sitka, Alaska, July 19, 1940

 

            William H. Alford, 88, of Ruby [Yukon-Koyukuk Co.], Alaska, died this morning at the Pioneer Home here.

He was born November 24, 1852 at Quebec, Canada and had been a miner and prospected in this area since 1895. He has been living at the Pioneer Home since March 1936.