Archives for November 2016
Laughter, loyalty, love: these are the words that describe the wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and rock of our family who left us too soon Nov. 2, 2016. Denise Ann Keeley Badder lived her life on her own terms and fittingly refused to move on to her next adventure until her wishes, being home and surrounded by family, were met.
Denise was the youngest of five children born to the late Nancy and Bill Keeley, of Onaway, Michigan. Upon graduation, she followed the love of her life, Wayne David Badder, up to Alaska to start their life together in Delta Junction. With their sons, Wayne Jr. and Jesse, they lived a life full of outdoor adventures: fishing, snowmachining and sports too numerous to list. Denise was not only the greatest cheerleader for the men in her life but also was an active participant. She loved to bowl, run softball tournaments as well as play in them, and play racquetball.
In 1996, the family moved to North Pole where they stayed until the boys graduated. After nearly 23 years in Alaska their journeys took them to Death Valley National Park where she worked as an IT specialist for the past 15 years. Denise loved the National Park system and took every chance to experience as many as possible with family and friends. While there, Denise’s passion for the environment stayed strong, and she taught us how we should behave and live. She never backed down from any challenge, and believed in hard work and treating others the way you would like to be treated. Her quick wit, sarcasm and humor were beloved character traits by all who knew her.
Denise had many hobbies: crafting, sewing, biking, cake decorating, Tigers baseball (which always seemed to break her heart), and of course, shoe shopping. She loved to travel with her husband as much as possible and experience new places. If you listened to her music you would find a Christmas song, even if it was July. Her greatest role was as grandma; she loved and spoiled her grand babies, Zaner, Cal-cal and baby Kas dearly.
Denise was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Nancy Keeley; in-laws Duane, Julie, and Barb Badder, and brother-in-law Wally Larson, all of Onaway. She is survived by her loving husband, Wayne David, and sons Wayne (Robyn) and Jesse, grandchildren Zane, Calvin and Kassidy, siblings Karen (Dan) Sachs, Bill (Doreen) Keeley, Mary Larson, and Daniel Keeley, brothers- and sisters-in-law Susan (Denny)Sandow, Jeff (Charlene) Badder, Leslie Badder, and Mike Badder, and multiple nieces and nephews.
Thomas “Jay” Miller, 47 years young, was suddenly taken from his family and friends Oct. 30, 2016.
Jay was born in Falmouth, Maine, on Jan. 25, 1969, to Charlie and Brenda Miller. He spent most of his growing up in New Jersey and graduated from Pinelands Regional High School in 1987. In 1991, Jay joined the U.S. Army and served for six years as a firefighter with the 95th Engineer Detachment, deploying to Florida for Hurricane Andrew Relief, Somalia for Operation Restore Hope and Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy. While stationed at Fort Drum, New York, he met the love of his life, Danielle (Mahle) Miller (Shmoopy). After a short two weeks, Jay asked Danielle to marry him, and they were married June 20, 1992. Together they lived in many places, including New York, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee, and finally settled in Alaska in 2004 where Jay worked as a firefighter for the Fort Greely Fire Department.
Jay lived to entertain people and make them smile. He carried with him a head full of random facts and was always happy to offer those facts to others and debate them. He had a passion for cooking. He got more satisfaction out of knowing others enjoyed those foods then he did eating them himself. If there were any kind of function, you could find Jay in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. He was always there to help whenever and with whatever needed to be done. Jay was the life of the party, making everybody laugh, even if it was about themselves. Jay was a true friend to anyone who was in need, he’d give you the shirt off his back. He was always known for wearing his pajama pants no matter where he went; he loved the comfortable life. Jay took great pride in whatever he was doing, whether it was his military service or his 19 years in the fire service.
As Jay goes on to be with friends and family who have passed before him, he leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Danielle; his parents, Charlie and Brenda Miller; brother Bobby Miller and his wife, Arlene; brother Michael Miller and his wife, Erika; brother Chuck and his wife, Bethany; nieces, nephew and great-nephews.
Jay will be greatly missed by all those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the First Baptist Church of Delta Junction. A celebration of life will be afterward at the Clearwater Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fort Greely Fire Association.
Betty Marie McCollough , Age 72, of Delta Jct., Alaska, passed away September 14 2016, peacefully in her home. Born November 1945 in Spearfish, South Dakota, to parents Wilson and Edith Irvine (Little Edith E. Walker). Betty was predeceased by her brother and sister; Carl Irvine and Elsie Albertson and, her youngest son; Roland Daniel McCollough.
Attended Homer High School, Homer Alaska. A long time Homer, Alaska resident before relocating to Mississippi in the mid seventies; Betty returned home to Alaska 20 years ago to live out the rest of her life with her devoted son; Phill Dees
Retired from Delta-Greely School District in 2003 due to health issues.
Survived by sons: Phill and Duane Dees, Wade McCullough ; Grandchildren: Chad N., Danielle M. and, Benny W. Dees . And, one great grandchild: Timothy Allen Hayes
Special friends: Steve Lord, Ruby Butler, Jan Carolson, Sharon Buntyn, Wayne Evans, Cindy Nelson, Serge Kolosov, Rita and Darrel Walker, Butch and Billy Smart, Irene Mead, Florida Hayes, Ian and Sara Koenig, Jordan Bethky, Troy Swearengin, Patty Anderson.
Services will be held at: First Baptist Church on Nov 12 2016, at 1:00pm . Please bring a dish for a potluck after the memorial.
Donations for funeral expense’s will be graciously accepted At Mt McKinley Bank. Betty McCollough Memorial Account.