Heimo Korth [The Last Alaskans]: wiki, bio, net worth, wife, daughters, death.

Heimo Korth likes living life the hard way. The man has chosen to stay away from the advancements of modern life and spend his life in the wilderness. One of the few remaining outdoorsmen, Heimo strives to be self-reliant. He and his wife Edna are amongst the only permanent residents of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Korth’s first came to the attention of the world via James Campbell. In 2004, James published a book entitled “The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness.”This brought in executive producers from different TV channels who wanted to make a documentary on Heimo’s lifestyle. 

Wiki/Bio Facts

NameHeimo Korth
Date of birthApril 17, 1955
Place of birthWisconsin, USA
Marital statusMarried
SpouseEdna Korth
ChildrenColeen Korth (deceased), Rhonda Korth, Krin Korth and Millie Korth
OccupationTV personality, outdoorsman, trapper and hunter
Net worth$150,000 (approx.)
ResidenceArctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA
LifestyleSelf-reliant, nomadic and subsistence-based
TransportationBush planes, snowmobiles, boats and sled dogs
Food sourcesCaribou, moose, bear, fish, berries and plants
ChallengesHarsh weather, predators, isolation and limited supplies
Public attentionThe subject of James Campbell’s 2004 book The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness
Documentary filmsFeatured in Surviving Alone in Alaska (2009) by VBS.tv and Braving Alaska (1992) by PBS
TV series appearancesFlying Wild Alaska (2011-2012) by Discovery Channel and The Last Alaskans (2015-present) by Animal Planet and Discovery Channel
Book mentionBriefly discussed in Warriors Creed (2019) by Roger Sparks and Don Rearden as two Pararescue Jumpers helped Edna during a snow storm
First name originFinnish name meaning “tribe” in English
Wife’s ethnicityYupik Eskimo from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
Wife’s occupationOutdoorswoman, trapper and hunter
Wife’s skillsSkilled in sewing fur clothing, making snowshoes and preparing food
Daughter’s deathColeen Korth drowned in the river near their cabin.
Daughter’s namesakeColeen River and Coleen Lake are named after their daughter.
Heimo Korth Edna Korth
The Last Alaskan Heimo Korth and his wife Edna Korth

Early Life

Heimo Korth was born on the 17th of April 1955, in Wisconsin, USA. Little is known about Heimo’s early life. He was raised by his mother Irene Koth and an unidentified father. From a young age, Heimo felt closer to nature than human civilization. This proved to be a major catalyst in pushing Heimo towards a life in the wilderness. 

Getting Married

Heimo started living in the Alaskan wilderness long before he was introduced to the world. His only partner in the entire endeavor was his wife, Edna. The pair met when Heimo went fishing with some Eskimos. Heimo instantly fell in love with Edna’s striking features and the pair soon began dating. Even though Edna, who had a daughter from her previous marriage, was reluctant to move to the wild, Heimo managed to convince her.

Settling in the wilderness

As the years went by, Heimo ventured deep into the Alaskan region and decided to settle there. Even though friends and family pleaded Heimo to not make the decision, he was set on it. But during their stay, Heimo’s second daughter died due to a canoe accident. This brought Heimo face to face with the dangers of the Alaskan region. As a result, he relocated his children to somewhere else and continued to live with his wife in Alaska. The area was later populated and by 2015, four families were living there. However, the families live so far from each other, it is nigh impossible to provide aid in the time of need.

Life as a parent

Heimo Korth has four daughters, including the one from Edna’s first marriage. Millie Korth is the eldest of the siblings and is Heimo’s step-daughter. Regardless of it, Heimo has always treated Millie like his own, and their bond is evident. Heimo’s firstborn daughter is Coleen Korth who was born on the 29th of May 1982. However, Coleen passed away in an unfortunate accident on the 3rd of June 1984. Heimo then had two daughters, Rhonda Korth and Krin Korth. While there is little information on Rhonda, Krin is a US fireman and is married to a US marine. 

Heimo Korth Wife daughters
Korth Family: Heimo Korth, his wife Edna, daughters Millie, Rhonda, and Krin Korth

Claim to fame

Heimo’s lifestyle is not something you get to see every day. This attracted several authors and executive producers, who wanted to document his lifestyle. The first recorded attempt was by James Campbell in 2004 when he published the book,  The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness. Heimo was put into TV screens by VBS.tv when it aired Surviving Alone in Alaska in 2009. However, Heimo’s most recognizable role came in the series The Last Alaskans. The series aired in 2015 and followed the livelihood of Heimo and Edna.

How rich is Heimo Korth? Net Worth

Surviving in Alaska is something Heimo Korth has mastered over many years of his life. As an outdoorsman he is able to accumulate wealth otherwise it is hard to gain in the land of Alaska just by hunting, trapping, and fishing. All thanks to his part in the reality show “The Last Alaskan” which contributes to his net worth. As of 2024, this outdoorsman and reality star has a net worth of over $150,000.

Physical Traits

HeightAbout 6 feet (1.83 meters)
Hair colorBrown, with some gray streaks
Hair lengthShort, usually covered by a hat or a hood
Eye colorBrown
Skin toneFair, with some tan from exposure to the sun
Facial featuresOval face, prominent nose, thin lips, bushy eyebrows, and a beard
Body typeLean and muscular, with broad shoulders and strong arms
Clothing stylePractical and warm, often wearing fur coats, boots, gloves, and scarves
AccessoriesA rifle, a knife, a backpack, and sometimes sunglasses or goggles
TattoosNone visible
ScarsA few on his hands and face from hunting accidents and animal attacks
PostureUpright and confident, with a steady gait
GesturesExpressive and animated, often using his hands to emphasize his points


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