William Topel passed away earlier this month after struggling with COVID complications. The controversy surrounding his death has become a lightning rod for Anchorage residents who are outraged that Providence hospital denied his repeated requests for Ivermectin as he lay dying.

Mike Alexander gives a tribute to his late friend William Topel during a funeral service on Oct. 22 in Anchorage.

On Oct. 22, mourners gathered at First Assembly of God Church in Anchorage to celebrate Topel’s life and his unwavering dedication to personal liberty and freedom. Many in attendance were prominent in Alaska’s conservative political and cultural movements.

“Bill Topel was one steadfast person,” said Mike Alexander, a personal friend of Topel’s. “Never saw Bill angry. He was steadfast. Always stood his ground.”

Topel was a beloved fixture in Anchorage’s conservative political circles, regularly testifying at Assembly meetings, legislative hearing and protesting against mask-mandates, election fraud, COVID closures and rallies supporting a full statutory PFD payment. According to his LinkedIn page, he earned a BA in Science/Technology from UAA and had been a substitute teacher in Anchorage since 2013. Alaska’s Division of Election lists him as an official elector for the Alaska Constitution Party in 2020.

Mourners attend the Oct. 22 funeral service in Anchorage for William Topel.

“I think if Thomas Jefferson ever had a prototype of the American citizen he pictured should be in this country, Bill Topel was that man,” Alexander said, standing a few feet from Topel’s casket. “He was humble. He didn’t have a lot of money, but he gave his time and his effort to everyone.”

Alexander highlighted Topel’s Christian faith and gentlemanly character, even when debating hotly contested issues.

“He did it with a nice smile,” he said. “We should all try to be more like Bill Topel as far as our citizenship goes and our relationship with God. To definitely stand there and know that you have to call out some people, but you can do it in a gentlemanly way as he always did.”

Alexander said his friend epitomized the kind of citizen the Founding Fathers had in mind.

“Involved citizens, small government and that kind of thing that Bill stood for,” he said, before challenging attendees to follow Topel’s example.

“When we miss Bill, what we should be doing is emulating Bill,” he said. “We need to step up our game a little bit, and step in and do the things you don’t want to do. It’s nice, you get home from work. You’re dragging and go ‘ahhh, there’s a meeting tonight.’ But go and give that testimony, even if you’re not a great speaker. If nothing else just stand up, come to the microphone and say I oppose this measure.”

“If you don’t think they listen, at least they modify it enough that you can learn to live with some of the things they do,” he added.

Alexander ended his tribute by observing that Topel’s life is now much better in the presence of the Lord.

“And in ours, I think we can step up and see if we can be as good of people as Bill Topel was as far as caring for America,” he concluded. “He was just an amazing person.”

Topel’s burial is Monday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. The public is invited.

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Anchorage man who died after hospital refused him Ivermectin recalled as steadfast patriot

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Burt says:

    Hey nobody is wearing a mask………… it to the Marxist Assembly!

    • Steven Chappell says:

      I go in and out of stores in Anchorage without a mask. Just waiting on someone to tell me I have to wear a mask.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    God bless this man and his family and friends
    Yes he’s in a better place with the Lord

  • John says:

    And two days ago the NIH, without announcement, added ivermectin to their list of approved COVID treatments…..seems they are terrified of Lib backlash from the brainwashed by govt snd big Pharma.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Actually it’s always been on the list only it was hidden from view purposely. It was also on medicare recommended meds but again hidden on purpose

  • david Boyle says:

    Bill Topel was a real gentleman who was a strong proponent of our Nation and State. We need more Bill Topels in this world. We need people to stand up and be heard. We need people to stand up for their rights just like Bill did.

  • Colette Hook says:

    ivermactin is a drug prescribed for parasite infestation. It requires a prescription and a hospital cannot give it lawfully without a prescription. It has not been proven to treat Covid

    The hospital was legally obligated to refuse to give a drug for an un approved condition.

    • James says:

      Really because over 200 congressman had been treated with it for covid ,most other parts of the world Japan, India it’s a go-to treatment and also it has been shown to have antiviral properties another SARS type viruses.

    • EW says:

      Ivermectin has been given to millions throughout the years all over the world and was developed as a human anti-parasitic drug. It not only work on intestinal parasites but it is and effect antiviral drug. Virus such as coronavirus and influenza viruses have also been successful treated with ivermectin. Research and clinical efficacy have shown to be extremely effective against COVID-19. (see American Journal of Theraputics – ivermectin) . Frontline Doctors have been using it as a regime drug along with Zn, vitamin C, D, B. and antibiotics such as Zithromax or augmentum with excellent results. Dr. Syed Haider has treated 4000 acutel covid patients and has had only 1 patient requiring hospitalization and all 4000 survived with mild symptoms. So I for one have no problem adding this Drug to my medicine cabinet as a part of my treatment for covid if I were to contract it. Don’t write off ivermectin as an effective COVID-19 treatment.

  • Thomas Wood says:

    I hope William’s family sue Providence into bankruptcy & all those individuals responsible are arrested and tried for murder.
    I look forward to operating the trapdoor under their feet in the village square.