Thomas Harold Harbick


Posted: Thursday, January 09, 2003

Nikiski resident Thomas Harold Harbick died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in a car accident. He was 48.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski. Pastor Harold Lewis will officiate.

Mr. Harbick was born April 13, 1954, in Eugene, Ore., to James L. and Patricia Smith Harbick. He married Suncha Chong on May 28, 1985.

He graduated from McKenzie High School in 1972 and joined the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty in Korea and one in Germany, as well as posts in the United States including Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Riley, Kan., and Fort Bliss, Texas. He was a sniper instructor for the U.S. Armed Forces (Pacific Rim) for two years. His distinguished career spanned 15 years, and he was decorated with several Army commendation and achievement medals and an expert marksmanship badge.

Mr. Harbick lived in Nikiski since retiring from the Army in 1996.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping and photography.

"My dad had the ability to befriend anyone he met. He would give you the shirt off of his back and expect nothing in return. He will be greatly missed," said his daughter Kortney.

"He was a soft spoken and gentle man who valued his family, friends and country. He especially enjoyed reminiscing about his military career as a sniper instructor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him," said his friend Gwen.

Mr. Harbick was preceded in death by his brother, Tim Harbick.

He is survived by his wife, Suncha, of Nikiski; father and step-mother, James and Mildred Harbick of Silver Lake, Ore.; mother, Patricia Buck of Sequim, Wash.; sons, Kale of Los Angeles, Calif., and Kovy of Nikiski; daughters, Kortney of Springfield, Ore., and Kimberly of Nikiski; grandmothers, Grace Downey of Vida, Ore., and Leona "B.Z." Wycoff of Olympia, Wash.; brother, Jim McKenzie of Bridge, Ore.; sisters, Cyndi of Grants Pass, Ore., Lori Buck of Olympia, and June Lee of Oklahoma; nephews, Benjamin Rogde of Medford, Ore., and Bobby James Wilson of Cashiers, N.C.; and a niece, Katie McCall of Cashiers, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, donations for the Harbick family may be sent to Suncha Harbick, 50075 Independence St., Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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