Al Poore, 86

Longtime Alaskan and homesteader Herrick Alfred "Al" Poore, 86, died Dec. 10, 2004, at home, attended by his family.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Kenai United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will be after the service at Spruce Grove Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center.

Mr. Poore was born Feb. 1, 1918, to Blanch (Swarts) and Walter Poor in Cutbank, Mont.

In 1942, Mr. Poore was drafted into the military. He served in England with the 51st Medical Battalion as an ambulance driver.

After his discharge in 1945, he worked in Minneapolis before going to Seattle and then to Alaska. He worked in construction at Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base and built his own home in East Anchorage. He returned to Minnesota, where he and Virginia Ann Schanke were married July 21, 1951. They lived in Anchorage until 1952, when they moved to Kenai. They homesteaded in Eagle Rock Ridge in 1957.

Mr. Poore worked in construction on the White Alice stations on the Distant Early Warning Line, at many Kenai Peninsula schools, during a short stint on Shemya in the Aleutian Islands, and on other industrial and commercial projects around the Kenai area. He helped build the Kenai Methodist Church. During this time he and Virginia were raising their family, building their home, enjoying their homestead and developing the Kenai River access for fishermen to Eagle Rock.

Mr. and Mrs. Poore are charter members of the Kenai United Methodist Church and belonged to the North Kenai Community Club. Mr. Poore also was a member of the Carpenter's Local, VFW, Elks, American Legion, Eagles and Pioneers of Alaska 33.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Roger Poore, and sister, Audrey Book. Mr. Poore is survived by his wife of 53 years, Virginia Poore; daughters and spouses, Debbie Poore and Charlie Gibson and Lisa and Bob Eierman; son, Tracy Poore; brother, Ernest Russell Poore; five grandchildren; and many other relatives and close friends.

Memorial contributions may be given to the United Methodist Church of Kenai and the Kenai Senior Center.

Cards may be sent to Virginia Poore, 4300 Eagle Rock Drive, Kenai 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.