Gilmore “Yungnuuk” Asitonia
Gilmore “Yungnuuk” Asitonia, 87, was born at Port Clarence on August 25, 1928 to Melvin Asitonia of Wales and Bertha “Eketuq” Cahill of Candle. “Gil” passed away at his home in Nome, early in the morning of August 22, just three days before his 88th birthday.
As a young man, Gil tried his hand at reindeer herding. Then, at age nineteen, Gil joined the Alaska Territorial Guard. Later in life, he worked as a roofer in Washington State and Oregon.
Gil was preceded in death by his siblings Arnold (Asitonia) Urvina, Benjamin (Asitonia) Urvina, Johnny Albert Asitonia, Wilber (Asitonia) Urvina, Anna (Asitonia) Bellacosa, Geraldine (Urvina) George, and his son Harold Asitonia. He is survived by his daughter, Mitzy (Asitonia) Johnson, and wife Katherine (Enanena) Castel of Nome, step daughters Carol (Panninutuq) Ablowaluk, Nadine Bower, Shirley Larson, and three brothers: Richard Hart of Ephrata Washington, Raymond Urvina of Lacey Washington, and Anthony Urvina of Tok, Alaska, and a niece, Angie Bellacosa of Seattle, Washington.
A memorial service was held in Teller on August 28 at the Teller Lutheran Church with Pastor Brian Crockett officiating.