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Loy Millard Green, 78, died April 7, 2007, at 3rd Medical Group Hospital, Elmendorf Air Force Base.
A celebration of Loy's life will be this summer in McCarthy. His ashes will be spread in the McCarthy Creek valley.
Loy was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Monte Vista, Colo., to Grover and Mildred Green. He spent his childhood in Colorado. In his teens, he moved to California where he worked in sales. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1950 to 1953 in Korea and Germany. He was honorably discharged as a corporal after earning a Korean service medal with two bronze service stars.
Loy moved to Valdez in 1963 and to Chitina in 1964. He later moved to McCarthy, where he worked occasionally as a Kennecott caretaker and as a cook for mining exploration companies, including a summer spent underground in the old Kennecott mines. Loy lived in the McCarthy area until September 1998, when he began spending winters in Anchorage with Bernd and Christy Hoffmann. During this period, he was adopted as surrogate grandfather by their son, Andre. In April 2000, he moved to the Anchorage Pioneer Home, where he had since resided.
Loy enjoyed painting, playing trumpet, reading (particularly philosophy), meditation and cooking. He also enjoyed philosophizing and never seemed to be in a hurry. He was expert at keeping old vehicles and equipment running. In the 1970s, he masterminded rebuilding the foundation of the Old Hardware Store in McCarthy, and he was proud to have squared up the building without breaking a single window. Today, the building is home to the Wrangell Mountains Center, an institution dedicated to environmental education and the arts.
Loy was a founder and first curator of the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum. He lived a frugal lifestyle, making his living working on small local construction projects and selling his oil paintings.
Much of Loy's artwork remains in a small art gallery in McCarthy.
Loy and his brother, Curtis, lived many winters and some summers at a remote cabin in upper McCarthy Creek. After floods destroyed the road up the creek in 1980, Loy established an elaborate system of pulley-operated ferries and stashed several trail bikes along the route to get to his cabin. Later floods further limited access to air travel in summer and snowmachines in winter. Loy built a small airplane to fly from McCarthy to his cabin, although after two engine failures he abandoned this effort.
Loy is survived by his sister, Martha Berg of Ashland, Ore.; and many friends in McCarthy, Anchorage and the Lower 48, including the Hoffmann family; Sally Gibert and Dick Mylius; Ben Shaine and Marci Thurston; and devoted caregivers in the Pioneer Home.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Curtis Green and Ruth Hawkins.
Donations may be made to the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum, P.O. Box MXY, Glennallen, AK 99588-8998.
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