February 1, 2018, Joy found her way home after a valiant battle with cancer. What a comfort to know she is at peace with her sister Donna, daughter Carrie, and her son-in-law Thomas to name only three. Anyone who knew Joy knows that after a week in heaven, she probably has shared a word (or many) with everyone. Please consider donations in lieu of flowers, earmarked “Jim Leedham” at Eagle River Northrim bank to an account ending in 0633. These funds will help pay for medical expenses. Donations can also be made to Eagle River Grace Church (P.O. Box 770430, Eagle River, AK 99577) with “benevolence fund” on the memo line. The memorial service is 6:30pm Tuesday, February 20 at Community Covenant Church, Eagle River.
The United States is losing almost 2,000 World War II and Korean veterans a day. Along with the, far too many of their stories are lost forever as well. Less than one percent of the American population serves our country in this capacity, yet everyone in our country benefits from their service. Our veterans have unique experiences that when shared, offer future generations a perspective they will not see or hear anywhere else. The Alaska Veterans Museum collects the oral histories of our veterans to honor their service and sacrifice, educate future generations, and inspire our community. This is the story of Lieutenant Colonel Theodore "Ted" Heller, who passed away in April 2017, at age 93 years young.