David R. Taylor

David R. Taylor

David Ray Taylor, 70, of Seward died peacefully at home on April 14, 2021. He was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on May 31, 1950, son of the late Alphonsus J. and Patricia A. (Powers) Taylor. He grew up in Wisconsin, until he moved to Washington in the 1970s, where he joined the US Army, serving at Fort Lewis. After serving in the Army, David moved to Oregon and worked in the logging industry. He moved to Alaska in 1984.

He was married to Nancy in 1988 and lived in Anchorage until 2003, then moved to Seward to establish and operate Taylor Maid Fishing Charters and be a captain of other various vessels. David held a 1,600 Ton Merchant Marine License. He also built all the cabins for Ravenquest Cabins, which he and his wife established and operated. He was a member of the American Legion Post 5 in Seward.

His survivors include his wife Nancy (Selfridge) Taylor of Seward; sons, Jeremie and wife Charity Taylor; and Chad Meyer both of Anchorage; and daughter, Jennifer and husband, Mike Beran of Tennessee. Two sisters Joy Taylor of Wisconsin, and Sarah and husband Dale Merchant of Wisconsin; and a brother Sean Taylor of Washington.  He was predeceased in death by his brother Claude Taylor. He is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

David loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, carving, and riding his Harley.

A service is scheduled for later this month in Seward.


Jeanne Shaw

1942 - 2021

Seward resident Jeanne Shaw left this world suddenly April 7, 2021 at 9:15 p.m.

Jeanne was born in Bismarck, N.D. on September 14, 1942, to Herman and Alvina Nyreen. She was second oldest of four girls.

After graduating high school in Spokane, Wash. Jeanne moved to Seward. She married Robert Richey and raised a family. Jeanne worked at the Best Western Hotel in Seward for many years prior to her retirement in 2004.

Jeanne was preceded in death by parents, Herman and Alvina Nyreen; sisters Patricia Nyreen and Jaqueline Bennett; and beloved son Robert Charles Richey.

She is survived by daughter Rhonda Palmer of Seward; son Bruce Shaw of Kelso, Wash.; youngest sister Peggy Johnson of Orting, Wash.; granddaughters Brittany Jones, Gina Cordova, Hannah Tandler, Cheyenne and Alexi Shaw; eight great grandchildren; and longtime friend Vincent Theodore and many families and friends of Drake, N.D.

Jeanne was an immaculate planner and wrote her obituary years ago. We respected her wishes but will take the liberty to add; she was an integral, beloved component of our family dynamics and can never be replaced. We grieve her absence and love her very much. We wish her safe travels as she makes the journey home.

No service is scheduled at her request. Her ashes will be scattered at a later date in Seward.


Floyd L. Hamrick

1983 – 2021

Anchorage resident, Floyd L. Hamrick, Jr., 37, died unexpectedly in Nikiski.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at The Resurrection Bay Baptist Church in Seward.

Floyd was born August 18, 1983, in Anchorage and has lived there ever since. He loved hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and being outdoors. 

The family wrote, “Beloved son Floyd was loved by everyone he ever met. He had a ready laugh; he loved his sons. He was one of the best father’s and his boys were his world. He loved his family very much.”

He was preceded in death by his grandpas Chris Hansen, Sr. and Elmo Lackey and his uncle Buzzy. 

He is survived by his mother, Cheryl Lackey of Kenai; stepfather, Elmo D. Lackey, Jr. of Seward; brothers, Darren S. Lackey of Seward, Kyle W. Lackey of Seward, and Bradley W. Lackey of Sterling; grandmother, Virginia Hansen of Seward; aunts, Sandra Hansen of Seward, Sharon Copeland of Seward, Lisa of Oroville, Calif., Star of Orville, Calif. and Agrafenia R. Pletrikoff of Anchorage; uncles, Aaron of Orville, Calif., Chuck of Seward, Eric of Seward, Chris, Jr. of Anchorage; sons, Floyd L. Hamrick III of Anchorage and Noah J. Hamrick of Anchorage; father, Floyd L. Hamrick, Sr. of Eklutna, Alaska.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory.