Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident George Pederson died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at home. He was 74.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Tyotka’s Elders Center, 1000 Mission Ave. in Kenai. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Wilson, Bobby Tepp, Jamie Petterson and Victor Segura III.
Mr. Pederson was born Dec. 31, 1932, in Kenai. He attended school and graduated from Palmer High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from April 9, 1953, to April 8, 1955, when he was honorably discharged.
He worked as a commercial fisherman and owned his own boat. He also worked for Locker Construction. He retired from the labor’s union in 1980. Mr. Pederson was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church. He loved fishing, bowling, hunting and ESPN channel.
“In loving memory of our father George Pederson, he will be missed by many and loved by all even through his grumpy moments. He enjoyed life to the fullest with his fishing, hunting and loved to talk with all he met. His opinion will be missed,” his family said.
Mr. Pederson was preceded in death by his sisters, Katherine Boling and Carol Jennings; and brother, Walter Pederson.
He is survived by his daughters, Donna Garner and her husband, John, of Dardanelle, Ark., and Patricia England Cooper of Kenai; son, George “JR” Pederson III of Phoenix; grandchildren, Jessica, Justin and Krista Garner of Dardanelle, Brian Tweety Pederson and Courtney Pederson of Kenai and James England of Washington; great-granddaughter, Kara Rosser of Dardanelle; sister, Ester Green and her husband, William, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and brother, Paul Pederson of Seattle.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in George’s name to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 204, Anchorage, AK 99503 or by calling (800) 227-2345 and make a donation by phone.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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