|Longtime Bethel resident ALBERT C. "CARLIE" ROMER JR., 68, died July 26, 2001, at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel. Services were held July 30 at the Moravian Church, where Mr. Romer was given military honors by an Alaska National Guard Unit.
Mr. Romer was born June 27, 1933, in Bethel to Albert C. Romer Sr. and Julia Sallison. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1951 and served in the Alaska National Guard as a first lieutenant in the position of adjutant to the commander, Second Scout Battalion, 297th Infantry. In June 1956, he attended officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga., where he was the first Eskimo graduate.
Mr. Romer married Mary Pete, daughter of William and Cecelia Pete, on May 26, 1956, in Bethel. Mr. Romer worked for the Alaska National Guard, serving for 19 years. In 1963, Mr. Romer and his family moved to Los Angeles and then to New York City while he attended RCA Institute for electronics technician training. After graduating, he worked as a technician for AT&T in Pt. Arena, Calif. He and his family returned to Alaska in 1967, and he worked at various sites for the White Alice Communication System. They then returned to Bethel to live.
His family wrote: "Carlie had a contagious sense of humor and enjoyed the company of family and friends. He was a loving Uppa to his grandchildren. He was an avid reader and loved doing crossword puzzles with his friends. He was a commercial fisherman and with his sons subsistence hunted and fished."
Mr. Romer was preceded in death by his parents, Albert C. Romer Sr. and Julia Sallison; brothers, Walter and William; and two grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary; seven children, Ronald Harvey, Randall Lee, Carla Terese, Albert C. Romer, III (Bert), Tina Cecelia, Tamara Jean and Ryan William; brothers, Herman, Jesse, Byron, Richard, and Kenneth; sisters, Catherine Cox, Sylvia Hembree and Cynthia; stepmother, Mary "Mickey" Jean Romer; 25 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.