Howard F. Lincoln
Howard Frederick “QaqkiGliulaq” Lincoln, 86, of White Mountain passed away at Quyanna Care in Nome on July 19, 2017 after a short illness.
He was born at White Mountain on August 22, 1931 to Abraham and Lucy Lincoln. Howard attended school in White Mountain and went into military service where he served in the Korean War. He was wounded in action by mortar fire (shrapnel) and was sent to the Tokyo Army Hospital.
He was awarded the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged on July 7, 1955. He later joined the Alaska Territorial Guard under the command of Muktuk Marston.
In the spring of 1955 he and Florence (Nuz) Boone were married and he acquired a ready-made family of three daughters, Roseanne, Sharon and Betty Jean.
The family lived in White Mountain and Golovin. While living in Golovin he and Nuz adopted Duane and DeAnn.
He was the postmaster in Golovin for six years when he transferred to the Nome Post Office. In 1967, after separating from Nuz, he moved back to White Mountain, working at the water plant and assisting in the Post Office. He and Alice Amaktoolik became partners and had a daughter, Samantha.
Howard was a checker for 17 years for the Iditarod Dog Race, receiving the Annual Golden Clipboard Award in 2002 for having the most helpful checkpoint along the trail.
Howard was predeceased by his parents Abraham and Lucy, brothers Ernest and Ralph, Robert, William and his spouse Josephine, sister Margaret Oksoktaruk, brother-in-law George Ashenfelter Sr., nephews Dennis and Dean Lincoln, niece Esther Lincoln, partner Alice Amaktoolik and their daughter Samantha, and daughter Sharon Moseley.
He is survived by sisters Willa Ashenfelter, Rosemary Lincoln, Eleanor Bahr, daughters Roseanne DeWitt, Betty Jean Bains-Jordan, DeAnn Moore and son, Duane Lincoln. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
A service will be held on Saturday, July 29 at the White Mountain Covenant Church with Pastor Chip Swanson officiating. There will be a burial at the cemetery after the service with a potluck following at the IRA building. Please bring a dish to share.