OBITUARIES

Billie Belle Barry, 1934-2007
Billie Barry, 73, born July 9, 1934 in Howe, Texas, passed away on Dec. 18, 2007 at her home in Camdenton, Missouri.
Billie had a strong devotion and love for her family and that love will live on forever through them.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nina Mae Coffey, and father, Reece Davis; a sister, Geraldine Fisk; one grandson; one great-grandson; and one niece.
Billie is survived by her five children, Doug Mahle of Juneau; Jerry Mahle and wife Sarena of Juneau; Steve Barry and wife Angela of Pueblo West, Colo.; Lynda Dailey and husband Scott of Camdenton; Donnina Ullrich and husband John of Mack Creek, Mo.; a sister Margie Anton and husband Bill of Chugiak; a brother Bob Coffey and wife Dori of Anchorage; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one niece and nephew; and two great-great nieces.
A memorial service honoring her life was held at the Lake Family Church in Camdendon on Dec. 27.
Her wish was to return to Alaska. In lieu of flowers, if anyone wishes to help the family in taking her back to Alaska, a memorial fund has been established at Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks, 170 E. Highway 54, Camdendon, MO 65020. The account is under the names Doug Heritage and Margie Anton. – Submitted by the family.

Walter E. Gordon, 1953-2007
Jonelle E. Butler, 1954-2006
Walter Eric Gordon was born to Elizabeth Marie and Walt Gordon on May 11, 1953 in Skagway. He was quickly nicknamed “Corky” because of his energy and curiosity of life. He later chose to be called Walt. Walt grew up in California and was joined by his sister Gigi in 1954. In 1972 brother David joined the family.
Walt and Lynn lived in Everett, Washington and raised two daughters. Walt was a skilled carpenter, working on many projects in the Pacific Northwest. Daughter Erica gave “Grandpa” two beautiful grandchildren. Walt moved to Coulee City, Wash. where he enjoyed fishing, his cats and his dog, Sonny. Walt showed a generous and compassionate nature to all his many friends. He was loved and respected by all.
He now has rejoined his dad, mom and sister. Walt died December 19, 2007. He is survived by his two daughters Danyel and Erica, his two grandchildren Brianna and Anthony, his brother David, his stepfather David Pepper, aunts Patty, Peggy and Lorene, and uncles Mike, Buddy, Gary and Alvin, many cousins and a circle of great friends.
The family also remembers Jonelle Elizabeth (Gordon) (Stentz) Butler, who passed on Jan. 10, 2006. She was born in Skagway on Oct. 17, 1954 to Elizabeth Marie Gordon and Walter Gordon.
“Gigi” grew up in California and later travled to Florida, Alaska, and finally Oregon. Her biggest loves were her boys Josh and Jake and her animals. She enjoyed life and definitely knew what she wanted, and no one needed to tell her differently.
She is survived by her two sons, grandaughter Lili, brother David, aunts Patty and Peggy, uncles Alvin and Gary, amy nieces and nephews, and her circle of good friends.
We all miss this great man and this lovely lady with the great smile, and we rejoice in their lives. They walk with the Lord in peace. Rest in peace Gigi and Corky, we love you. See ya later Babe. – Submitted by the family

Herbert K. Smail, 1930-2007
Former Fairbanks and Skagway resident Herbert K. Smail, 77, of Malcolm, Neb., died Friday, Nov. 12, 2007.
Born in Arona, Pa., on June 1, 1930, Herb was a graduate of Greensburg (Pa.) High School in 1948. He lettered in football at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. and at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont.
He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1950-1954. He was employed for two years as a switch foreman for the Northern Pacific Railroad in Laurel, Mont., and two years as a part-time longshoreman for the White Pass Railroad in Skagway. He also raised and trained Morgan show horses for several years.
Smail received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1954 and a master of science degree in 1962. He then received a doctor of education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1974.
He was selected as outstanding educator in the Western United States, taught public high school and coached junior high and high school basketball in Dixon, Mont., and Skagway, Fairbanks and Klawock. He served as school superintendent Wamsutter, Wyo., and Palisade, Neb., and retired as associate director of Summer Sessions, University of Nebraska-Lincoln in June 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peg” Smail of Malcolm; sons, Dion K. Smail of Ashland, David B. Smail of Fairbanks and Kevin R. Smail of Lincoln; brother, Harry L. Smail of Greensburg, Pa., and family; and niece, Beverly Ann (Wentzel) Lutz of Jeanette, Pa., and family.
Memorials may be sent to the family in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 0 St., Lincoln, NE 68510. You may sign a guest book at journalstar.com.