Obituaries

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.

Erin Johnson wasn’t just one of the good ones — she was one of the best.

“There are certain students that stand out,” said Heather Beck, Johnson’s eighth-grade English teacher at Mirror Lake Middle School in Chugiak.

Johnson was one of those students. Even as a middle-schooler, it was clear the girl with the sparkling eyes and wide grin had a unique presence, Beck said.

Dee Steeby, left our world for her heavenly home, May 30th, 2017 ending her battle with cancer. She passed away quietly at her home with her husband and children at her bedside.

Delores “Dee” (Coots) Steeby was born to Zora “Tick” and Mary Coots on August 22, 1932 on a farm near Oswego, Kansas.

She attended several one room elementary schools in Labette County and graduated high school from Labette County Community High School in Altamont, Kansas.

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.