November 16th | Staff Report
Clifton Roger Bennett
On Nov. 4, 2017, Clifton Roger Bennett, age 98, passed away peacefully with family by his side. He was born in Meeteetse, Wyo. on March 7, 1919, to Miles William Bennett and Dorothy Siebert Bennett. His siblings included William, Louise and Bernice.
Bennett spent his youth on and around horses and ranching, so it was only fitting that he would become a cowboy for the famous Pitchfork Ranch in Meeteetse. His high school sweetheart, M. Maxine Thayer, also lived on the Pitchfork Ranch with her parents. As time went on, their thoughts of romance grew and after graduation, and at the age of 19, Cliff and Maxine eloped to Red Lodge Montana in 1938. In 1940, Cliff and Maxine boarded a steamer ship bound for Alaska.
Arriving in Anchorage, Bennett worked at several carpentry jobs. When WWII began, the Alaska Railroad was taken over by the U.S. Army, and Bennett worked for the railroad in both Tunnel and Anchorage for several years. As the Bennett family moved back and forth for work, to and from Wyoming and Alaska, they left Alaska again for Wyoming where he began working for a Reformatory School and Home for Boys in Worland, Wyo.. In 1961, the family moved to Anchorage one last time.
Bennett built a home on Boniface Parkway and began employment with the Sisters of Providence, holding the position of master carpenter. He retired in 1984, from Providence Hospital and in 1986 Cliff and Maxine moved to The Dalles, Ore., to live in an over-55 community. Bennett returned to Alaska two years ago to live with family in Homer.
He is survived by of his children: Roger (and Alinda) Bennett, Jeanne Doty, Roberta (and Sterling) Eide, Nancy Laabs and C. Rodney (and Dona) Bennett. Clifton is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchild and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his lovely bride Maxine, his son-in-law, Kenneth Doty; his mother and father and all three siblings.
Bennett was a true cowboy, an honest gentleman and a loving father. His humility was his strength and he found good and valued everyone he would meet. He was a member of the Elks Club for over 75 years. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Marion Louise Browning
Longtime Homer resident, Mrs. Marion Louise Browning, 100, died Nov. 7, 2017, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.
Funeral services will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Glacierview Baptist Church, 960 East End Road in Homer. A public viewing will be held from 11 to 11:50 a.m. just prior to services. Pastor Rick Wise will be officiating. Pallbearers will include Sean Cude, Nathan Wise, Kyle Pierce, Dan Gardner, Jake Wise and Todd Martin.
Browning was born June 17, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She completed the 10t?grade in high school. She moved to Alaska in 1948, living in Anchorage from 1948 to 1949, before moving to Homer where she lived ever since. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church/Glacierview Baptist Church in Homer?
The family wrote, "Marion was an avid reader and loved crocheting. She loved to sing, especially Irish songs, popular songs of the 30s, 40s and 50s, and gospel hymns. When she saw Homer for the first time she exclaimed, "I love it" and continued to do so for the rest of her life. Browning's greatest joy came from knowing Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. The One she loved and served for over 70 years."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene V. Browning; son in-law, Bobby R. Cude; grandsons, Chase A. Cude and David D. Browning; her parents, George and Emma Wild; siblings, George, Harold, John, Arthur, Evelyn, Dorothy and Eleanor.
She is survived by her sons Robert W. (Brenda) Browning of Manchester, Mo., Eugene "Lee" (Connie) Browning of Anchorage, Arthur G. Browning of Seattle, Wash., John D. (Linda) Browning of The Villages, Fla., and Phillip "Barry" (Debra) Browning of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters, Marilyn G. (Jim) Williams of Safety Harbor, Fla. and Dixie L. (Browning) Cude of Soldotna; grandchildren, Mark Browning, Brian Browning, Shelby (Browning) Berg, Brent Williams, Jon Williams, Lori (Browning) Fisher, Shawna Browning, David M. Browning, Candace (Browning) Blair, Ryan Browning, Sean Cude, Kimberly (Cude) Pierce, John Chamberlain, Selicia Marik and Lara Pella; and many great and great-great grandchildren.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent or made the "The Sandy Miller House Project." Donations can be made at FNBA to "Sandy Miller Project"; SBS - Cash Acct. "Sandy Miller Project" or online via Glacierview Baptist Church, website ?glacierviewbaptist.org?
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please sign or read her online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
John James Coffey III
Longtime Soldotna resident John James Coffey III, 77, passed away Nov. 6, 2017, at his home from lung cancer.
Private family services will take place out of state.
John was born May 26, 1940 in Bristol, Conn. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, and his graduate studies at American University and University of Las Vegas. Coffey served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-62 and was honorably discharged.
He worked in Las Vegas hotels in the hospitality industry and retired from there. He moved to Alaska and lived in Homer for four years before moving to Soldotna, where he lived to the past 17 years.
Coffey loved Alaska, fishing, nature, traveling, reading, politics and animals - especially his cats, Sammy and Sarah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and John.
Coffey is survived by his daughters, Meghan Green Hoffman of Wayne, N.J. and Rachel Green of Hawthorne, N.J.; and grandchildren, Cael, Harper, Robert and Andrew.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.