OBITUARIES

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Selmer, 1924-2003
Born April 17, 1924 in Skagway. Affectionately nicknamed “Baba” by one of his six great grandkids. Was known for his great sense of humor and quick wit. His smile lit up a room!
Bob Selmer was the youngest of 8 kids that all proceeded him in death. Pauline, Birdie, Virginia, Louis, Oscar Jr, Occie & Victor. He was lovingly devoted to mother Paula, and father Oscar Sr. Bob’s fondest memories were the family get togethers and Lake Bennett picnics. He enjoyed sports; basketball, baseball and ice hockey. One of Bob’s sports highlights was defeating Juneau in the 1942 High School Basketball Championship. Bob was employed by the WP&YR in the auditor’s office. He proudly served in the Army as a corporal, received a Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal, along with others.
Bob moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington in 1952, and cherished the 40 years spent there with his wife Alice. They went on many walks hand-in-hand, and picnics on the beach. He enjoyed the simple things in life with son Louis, and grandkids Dean, Michelle Hogg, and Lisa Steilen. There was nothing he would not do for you. Alice and Bob moved to Kirkland 11 years ago to be closer to family.
Even when faced with Alzheimer’s he continued to bring magic to peoples lives. During one of the toughest times of the disease, we had a stranger tell us, Bob was the “happiest person he ever met.” He continued to spread joy to those that took care of him, dancing and humming his favorite tunes.
Bob graduated from Washington State University, and had a long career as an accountant. He passed away on Nov. 15, 2003. Service with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on Dec. 12, 2003. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association or the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital.
Bob’s nine-year-old great granddaughter wrote: “ I like it when my Grampa liked to sing, he had a good voice when he sang. He enjoyed singing, dancing, playing with his grandchildren, and most of all being on earth with us and his family. I loved my Grandpa because he loved us and pleased us. e was my favorite Grandpa in the whole world.”– Submitted by the family

William ‘Bill’ Bigham, 1923-2003
Homer resident, William “Bill” Barton Bigham, 80, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 after a long illness at the Fern Ridge TLC, Assisted Living Home in Homer.
Memorial services were held Dec. 9, 2003 at the Homer Elk’s Lodge #2127. Bill’s ashes will be scattered in the Kachemak Bay.
Bill was born February 8, 1923 in Hyder, Alaska. No school existed in Hyder so he went back and forth across the border to attended school in Stewart, British Columbia. Bill had lived in Juneau for a short time when his parents moved there. He then entered into the United States Coast Guard July 29, 1943 until he received his honorable discharge on Nov. 30, 1945. Bill had lived in Skagway, working for the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad from 1946 through 1965. He had also owned and operated Bing’s Cafe while he resided there.
Bill moved to Anchorage and Fairbanks and worked for the Alaska Railroad Company from 1966 to 1985. After retiring, he moved to Homer where he resided until his death.
Bill was a life member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elk’s Lodge in Skagway and a member of the American Legion and the Pioneers of Alaska. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening and cooking.
The family wrote, “Called “Bing” by his Skagway cronies, dad was an avid bowler. He also had a love of cooking, which he inherited from his dad. He was very particular about how food was prepared and served. Bill and his wife Bonnie, who previously owned the House of Flowers in Fairbanks, enjoyed fishing and picking berries. They took many trips in their motor home and added their bounty to the large pantry they had. They also had a large vegetable garden, plants and flowers everywhere. Dad will be greatly missed by his family and special friends Ron and Anna Creasey and family.”
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Bonnie. He is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Bill Jr. & Marilyn Bigham of Markle, IN; daughter, Donna Everson of Greenwater, WA; daughter and son in-law, Arlene & Dave Fry of Markle, IN; daughter, Lois Bigham of St. Joe, IN; first wife and mother of his children, Linda Bigham of Skagway; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing. Arrangements cared for by the Homer Funeral Home.