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Dick Inman, former Air Traffic Manager and Division Specialist passed away at his Washington home on June 8, 2001.

ANCHORAGE - Ben Rule, 70

    Longtime Alaskan Ben Rule, 70, died peacefully at home July 25, 2004, surrounded by his wife, children and brother.
    A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Teamsters Local 959 Building, 520 W. 34th Ave.
    Mr. Rule was born Oct. 5, 1933, to Vyrus and Vivian Rule, in Phillipsburg, Kan. His family moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo., in 1938. He attended Steamboat Springs High School, graduating in 1951. He married Rieta Webber on June 6, 1954.
    Mr. Rule moved his family to Alaska in 1957. They made their first home in Sutton. In 1961, they moved to Soldotna, and in 1966 they moved to their current home in Anchorage.
    His family wrote: "He worked as a Teamsters line driver, accomplishing over 30 years of accident-free driving. Ben was a devoted and respected member of Teamsters Local 959 and remained an active union supporter throughout his life. After his retirement in 1991, he stayed busy as a diesel mechanic and continued to help his wife with her home-based business.
    "Ben loved fishing, traveling in his motor home, boating in Homer, playing guitar, writing songs and poetry and, most of all, good times with family and friends. He was a generous man who lived every day to its fullest. His guidance, good humor and storytelling will be missed. His bravery during his short battle with cancer was inspirational."
    He was preceded in death by his brothers, Verle Rule and Raymond Rule.
    Mr. Rule is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rieta; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Leslie Rule; daughters and sons-in-law, Benita and Brian Hamilton, Karen and John Hill, and Barbara "Gussie" and Mike Inman; grandchildren, Heather Russell, Martin Hood, Jeanette Borghols, Korynn, Joe and Brenda Joyner, Cody and Jake Inman and Stephanie Rule; great-grandchildren, Kain Joyner, Caleb Borghols and Kole Russell; brother, Jimmie Rule of Hotchkiss, Colo.; and an extended family of dear friends.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Anchorage, 500 W. International Airport Road, Suite C, Anchorage 99518.
    Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

Anchorage Daily News - July 28, 2004

PALMER - Desiree Inman, 18

    Palmer resident Desiree Dawn Inman, 18, died Sept. 26, 2004, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.
    A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at the Family Christian Center, 203 W. Dogwood Ave., in Palmer. Flowers are welcome.
    Ms. Inman was born May 30, 1986, in Palmer. She attended Colony High School in Palmer.
    Desiree's family wrote, "She was employed at the Grandview Inn & Suites, where she was well liked by her employer and co-workers.
    "Desiree loved her family with all her heart, and she adored children. Her dog, Buster, was her special friend, and he will miss her. She was very special to all who knew her and will be greatly missed. She will be in our hearts forever."
    She is survived by her mother, Kim Manthei; father, Jim Inman; stepfather, Jeff Manthei; sisters, Danielle Chapman, Lisa Inman and Christina Inman; nieces, Dakota Inman, Chelsea Chapman, Acasia Chapman and Ellie Jeffreys; grandmothers, Jean Inman and Lori Taylor; and grandfathers, Wayne Baldwin and Tommy Taylor.
    Memorial donations may be sent in care of Kim Manthei, P.O. Box 873786, Wasilla 99687-3786.
    Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory.

Anchorage Daily News - September 30, 2004

SOLDOTNA - Gene VenHuizen, 68

    Former Anchorage resident Gene Fredrick VenHuizen, 68, died Oct. 12, 2004, at his home in Soldotna.
    A funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, with a visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
    He was born July 26, 1936, in Fulton, Ill., to Clarence and Mae VenHuizen.
    Mr. VenHuizen moved to Alaska in 1969 and to Anchorage in 1972. He worked for the Anchorage School District Maintenance Department from 1972 until his retirement in 2001. He continued to live in Anchorage until 2003, when he and his wife moved to Soldotna. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
    His family said, "Gene was a very kind and loving husband, father and friend."
    He is survived by his wife, Doris of Soldotna; daughters, Kera VenHuzen of Anchorage and Debbie Inman of Grangeville, Idaho; son, Brian VenHuizen of Melba, Idaho; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Anita VenHuizen of Anchorage; nephew and wife, Todd and Anna VenHuizen of Anchorage; great-nephew, Brandon VenHuizen of Anchorage; uncle, Harold Groh of Fulton, Ill.; cousins, Larry Groh of Clinton, Iowa, and Leon Groh of Fulton, Ill.; and friends, Ray and Jo Starzec of Anchorage, Dave and Sherri LaMore of Anchorage, Bob Larrett of Anchorage and Jerry and Maggie Raught of Carnation, Wash.

ANCHORAGE - Jewel Aho, 60

    Longtime Alaska resident Jewel E. Aho, 60, died Jan. 17, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center from liver failure due to cancer.
    A visitation will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel, 11621 Old Seward Highway, with a service beginning at 1 p.m. and Robert Kuenning officiating. Flowers are welcome.
    Ms. Aho was born Dec. 7, 1944, in Dona Ana, N.M. She arrived in Anchorage in April 1954 and graduated from West High School in 1962. She earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
    She worked for the State of Alaska from 1966-86, when she relocated to Nevada, where she worked for the State of Nevada from 1990-2000. She then moved back to Alaska to be closer to family. She retired from the State of Alaska in 2004.
    Ms. Aho loved dogs.
    Her family wrote: "Jewel was the kindest, sweetest person anyone could have known. She was a great friend and loving daughter, mother and grandmother. She would want everyone who knew her to celebrate her life and not to grieve her death."
    Ms. Aho is survived by her parents, James and Lyla Inman of Butte; son, Jonathan St. Clair of Las Vegas; daughter, Brenda Root of Anchorage; grandchildren, Scott and Paige of Anchorage; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews all across the country.
    She was preceded in death by her sister, Lynda Inman Osborne.
    Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary.

Anchorage Daily News on the Web - 1/21/2005


James Inman, 81

    Butte resident James J. Inman, 81, died Oct. 9, 2005, at Valley Hospital in Palmer.
    A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel with a burial at 2:30 p.m. at Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage. John Bury will officiate. Flowers are welcome.
    Mr. Inman was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Clayton, Okla. He moved to Alaska in April 1954 and then moved to Butte in 1978. He worked for the Alaska Railroad, from which he retired in 1974.
    His family said: "James was loved by all who knew him. Wherever he went, he touched all hearts. He loved to be outside doing anything and was re-roofing his house up until the day he was admitted into the hospital. He loved to fish and hunt, and he took great pride in his garden. He could grow sunflowers like no other. He loved to be with his family and friends and could make you laugh, no matter the situation. He will truly be missed by all, including his cat, Rufus."
    Mr. Inman is survived by his wife, Lyla of Butte; grandchildren, Jonathon St. Clair of Las Vegas, Gloria Widener of Pendleton, Ore., Angela Tucker of Moyie Springs, Idaho, Brenda Root of Anchorage, and Jimmy Osborne; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Joshua Widener of Oregon, Zachary, Aubry and Jadin Tucker of Idaho, Scott Root and Paige Aho of Anchorage; and nephews, Jim and Tom Inman, both of Wasilla.
    He was preceded in death by his daughters, Lynda Osborne and Jewel Aho, and grandson, Chip Osborne.
    Memorial tributes may be made at
    Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary.

Anchorage Daily News (Dec/14/2006)