Randall Hoogendorn (Ahsaruc) passed away on February 18, 2018. Randy passed away with his family by his side at the age of 64. Randy was born on August 16, 1953 in Nome to Bill and Lena Hoogendorn.
Randy started his first job in Nome at the age of 14, working at Papa’s (Billy Hoogendorn) sewer business, then bought a motorcycle with his earnings when he was 16, and drove to Teller where he met his wife.
While in Nome, he hunted for many land animals: wolverine, moose, birds, etc. In 1985 he bought a boat from Walter Dotomain and moved to Diomede with his wife and children. While in Diomede he worked for Public Health Systems, built a house for his family, became a boat captain, caught his first polar bear, enjoyed crabbing and hunting for sea mammals.
Randy loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In better health, Randy could be found ivory carving. He took great pride in his artwork; he was well known for his head mounts, spirit masks and ivory/baleen jewelry.
He was predeceased by his mother Lena Hoogendorn; baby son Paul; sisters Nancy, Dolly and Ruth; his brother William; his granddaughter Alanna; and his grandson Alfred.
Randy is survived by his father “Papa” Bill Hoogendorn; siblings Homer, Betty Ann, Frank Greene; wife Geraldine; sons Steven Sr. (Tracy Kimoktoak), Richard, and Neil (Andrea Douglas); daughter Lee Ann Green (Louie); 27 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Hoogendorn family would like to send a heartfelt thank you for those that have given support since the passing of our father, Randy Hoogendorn. We were blessed for the beautiful talented music and singing during the funeral, it was like a choir of angels. Your time and love have helped us honor his memory in a very special way. We also appreciate the generosity in sharing of stories.
A special thank you to Pastor Charlie Brower and his wife Janet, Mary Reader, Briday Green, Bridie Trainor, the Hoogendorn girls, Reverend Samuel Lee Vest, BJ Bains-Jordan, LaVerne Ashenfelter, Darlene Milligrock, Kara Ingram, all those that donated airline tickets for the family, Nome Eskimo Community, Sitnasuak, Bering Straits Native Corporation, NSEDC, NSHC, and to those that brought food after his passing, and also for the potluck.
God bless you all!