Our Summer Contest has come to an end. I want to thank BJ Sloan of Buffalo Center Drive-In for his sponsorship of this contest. It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago, the Mystery Photo Contest started and Buffalo Center Drive-In has been on board with the Delta News Web this whole time. Thank you again to BJ for helping to make this contest a great success.
Next, I want to thank the community of Fort Greely/Delta for playing along. You made this one of the most enjoyable contests so far. Most weeks there were 35+ entries and a couple of weeks we had 60+. To clarify how a winner is drawn each week: as entries come in I put them in a spreadsheet and they are in columns with a number and letter. On Sunday night, I call a family member who has no idea who has put names in each week and they give me a number. I go to that number in my spreadsheet and that is how the winner is selected.
Here is a list of the winners this summer: Nathaniel McNabb, Julie Szidloski, Christie Mason,Zahndra Lester, LJ Woodcox, Heather Boothe, Addison Ohart, Joyce McCombs, Wanda Morden, Trudy Castle, Carolyn Gortmaker, Amber Klein, Marshall Brown, Gary Cooper, This week’s winner: Isaac Ruse
Once again, thank you so much for playing along and next summer we will return with Buffalo Center Drive In and have another contest.
Lawrence Collier Gilman of Delta Junction, Alaska died on Aug. 11, 2018, of a heart attack.
Born April 16, 1960, in Hartford, Conneticut, he was the son of Joseph Lawrence “Larry” Gilman and Ann Mather Gilman. Larry and his sister Suzanne grew up on campus and attended school at Westminster School.
Larry met his wife Susan Apling when he was stationed at 4/9th Charlie Company (Airborne), Fort Wainwright. They married in April 1988 and Larry adopted Aaron as his son.
Larry served his country in the U.S. Army faithfully for over 20 years.
Larry started his military career in July of 1978 at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, New York and retired in October of 2002 at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, as Battalion Operations NCO. Larry served as First Sergeant at USARAK Northern Warfare Training Center, 1996 through 2001.
Larry received many decorations, medals, badges and citations: Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal (6), National Defense Service Medal (2), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Expert Marksmanship Qualification, Master Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and the Canadian Parachutist Badge.
Larry distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service spanning a career of more than 20 years active military service in positions of increasing trust and responsibility, culminating as the Battalion S-3 Noncommissioned Officer- in-charge, 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry. His selfless dedication and outstanding performance as a Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Drill Instructor, School Chief Instructor, and Operations Noncommissioned Officer distinguished him above his peers. Master Sergeant Gilman’s extraordinary contributions and exemplary performance of duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Army.
The Gilman’s first duty station as husband and wife was Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Larry was attached to the Pathfinder Detachment. They happily returned to Fort Greely, in 1990 where Larry began a tour with Northern Warfare Training Center Larry enjoyed helping his friends and strangers in need who often gave his time, money and support freely without thought of reward. He was a talented carpenter and took on many projects. He enjoyed gardening, cutting fire wood, and his pets, (Lu, Beauregard, Cleo, Annie, Mider).
About 10 years ago, Larry was told to prepare for his death. His doctor said he had lung cancer and had about six weeks to live. That was when Larry made the decision to accept Jesus as his savior.
He was healed and went on to give God the credit.
Larry was a generous, loving, giving man. He made our lives complete.
He was funny, intelligent, honorable, loyal and committed. He had a command presence when he entered a room or a group. Larry loved hunting, fishing – not so much. Larry enjoyed watching his son play sports, especially hockey. He encouraged and taught with fierce determination. He wanted our best efforts. He was a good father, husband and friend. We will miss him.
Larry is survived by his wife Susan, of Delta Junction; son, Aaron Apling Gilman, of Girdwood; mother, Ann Gilman, of Simsbury, Conneticut; sister, Suzanne Gilman and her partner Gena Taylor, of New York City; His aunt, Anne Collier, of Wakefield, Massachusettes; cousins, Matthew Collier and Elizabeth Collier, of Wakefield Mass; and David Collier of Widomar, California; sister- in-law, Nancy Morgan and husband Jerry; brothers-in-law, Kevin Apling, of Fairbanks, and Ike and Jeana Apling, of North Pole.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Gilman home; Mile 1400 Alaska Highway, Delta Junction. You may bring a dish to share. Condolences may be mailed to Gilman, P.O. Box 769, Delta Junction, AK 99737.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Larry’s name to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation www.chriskylefrogfoundation. org or the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject. org.
Larry received many diplomas from, Westminster School Simsbury, CT 1978, two years college, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY 1978-1980, 1 ½ years college, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA; 1981-1983, Diploma, Basic Airborne Course, Fort Benning, GA; 1984, Diploma, Air Assault School, Fort Richardson, AK; 1986, Diploma, Canadian Army Airborne School, 1986; Graduate, Light (infantry) Leaders Course, Fort Benning, GA; 1986, Diploma, Primary Leadership development Course, Fort Richardson, AK 1987, Diploma, Pathfinder Course (forward area air traffic control), Fort Benning, GA 1988, Diploma, Jumpmaster Course, Fort Benning, GA; 1988, Diploma, Military Mountaineering Instructor Course, Ft. Greely, AK 1990, Diploma, Winter Operations Instructor Course, Ft.
Greely, AK 1990, Diploma, Combat Lifesaver Course (First aid, CPR), Ft. Greely, AK 1990, Diploma Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Fort Richardson, AK; 1991, Diploma Avalanche Hazard Evaluation and Rescue, Alaska Mountain Safety Center, Anchorage, AK; 1991, Diploma, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Fort Benning, GA;1994, Diploma, Drill Sergeant School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 1994.
Rachel Bandy (Hoffman) 96, died of natural causes in her home in Delta Junction, Alaska on Sunday morning August 12, 2018. She was born on October 3, 1921 in Oakland, California.
Mrs. Bandy was a beloved woman who was fiercely independent and possessed incredible strength, humility, wisdom, humor and kindness. She served as an elementary school teacher in Delta Junction for 27 years. Her gift of making children feel loved and accepted was marked by her fun nature and positive spirit. In a recent newspaper interview she was quoted as saying, “I taught school and loved it.” Indeed, love was her trademark.
She was a member of Clearwater Baptist Church, serving many years as a Sunday School teacher marked by her famous Felt Panel Board which she used to illustrate her classes.
Mrs. Bandy loved animals, especially her horses and dogs. She was a passionate lover of nature, respected all living things and cherished hiking with her dogs and riding horses with friends and relatives through the trails behind their home. As a proud Alaskan and she was eager to show it to anyone who visited.
Mrs. Bandy graduated from the Oakland High School, California and from San Francisco State College (Salutatorian) with a degree in Education. She served in the United States Navy as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) during World War II.
She and her husband of 64 years, Carl Bandy, were married on May 11, 1945 in Santa Rosa, California in the former First Baptist Church, known as the Church of One Tree, because it was built out of one Redwood tree.
As the stepmother of Carl’s daughter, Patricia, Mrs. Bandy raised her as her own until Patty’s high school graduation in 1954 during the difficult years that followed when they moved from California, to New Jersey and then to Lake City, Iowa where she also taught school. Later she and Carl would host several foster children making a special difference in the lives of many.
Carl and Margie moved to Kotzebue, Alaska in 1958 when he got work with the Civil Aeronautics Authority (now the FAA). She taught in Kotzebue and Northway for several years before she moved to Delta Junction in 1963 to teach where Carl followed in the spring of 1964, a time marked by the great earthquake. She and Carl stayed in Delta Junction until their deaths.
She is survived by her Niece Jeanne Bruce and her husband John Bruce, who devotedly cared for her during her final years: Nephew Mark Mayo, Nephew Ken Mayo and his wife Cheryl Mayo and Lisa Mayo; Step Grandchildren Robert Mark Simpson and John Timothy Simpson; Great Granddaughters Caitlin Simpson Tucker, Mallory and Hannah Simpson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Goldman Bandy (d.2008), her Step daughter
Patricia Burnette Simpson(Bandy)(d.2018) and her husband Dr. Robert E. Simpson: her sister Eleonor Mayo (Hoffman), and her parents George Hoffman and Euphemia Mary Dukich Hoffman.
The Memorial Service for Mrs. Bandy will be on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clearwater Baptist Church, Clearwater Road and Remington Road, Pastor Glen C. Cotton presiding. She will be buried in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Delta Junction following the service in a private ceremony.
The family of Marjorie Bandy requests that memorial donations be sent to Clearwater Baptist Church, ℅ Pastor Glen C. Cotton, P.O. Box 907, Delta Junction, AK 99737.
Arrangements are through the Legacy Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, 415 Illinois Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701, (907) 456-5566, www.legacyalaska.com.
Hiking on a beautiful blue sky day in the Alaska Range above Black Rapids.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography