Terrence "Terry" "J.R." Sunnyboy Jr. died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Fairbanks. He was 31.
A memorial celebration will be held Tuesday at Kenai Peninsula College from 1 to 5 p.m. in room 114. Friends are encouraged to bring stories and memories to share. Funeral services were held in Fairbanks and Nenana.
Mr. Sunnyboy was born in Fairbanks on Oct. 6, 1969. He was raised in the North Pole and Fairbanks areas and attended North Pole High School. He most recently was a junior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, majoring in business and focusing on tourism, and was a former Kenai Peninsula College student.
He was employed by Doyon Ltd. as a security guard and during summers he worked at the Kantishna Roadhouse as a tour guide, taking up the slack in many other areas whenever help was needed.
"J.R. loved life and it was reflected in the wonderful smile that he gave freely to everyone he knew. He was always eager to learn, giving freely and lovingly when involved in work or daily life. He was happiest working with people, and especially when he was with friends and family," family and friends said.
"He took pride in being a giving person and gave as much as he possibly could with love in his heart. He had great pride in his heritage, education and work, which was expressed by his long, beautiful, brown hair, appearance and character. He will be remembered in many hearts as a gentle, kind and loving person. J.R. had a smile for everyone and that will be a lasting and precious memory."
He was preceded in death by his aunt Wilma Ketzler; cousins Yara Sunnyboy, Gilbert Ketzler and Don Ketzler; grandparents Dan Ketzler, Robert Sunnyboy Sr., and Elizabeth and Victor Merrifield; and other friends.
He is survived by his father and mother, Terry and Sharon Sunnyboy of North Pole; brothers Mike and Curtis Sunnyboy, both of North Pole; sister Tammy Monzulla of North Pole; grandmother Stella Ketzler of North Pole; nephews Kyle Pitka of Beaver and Wayne DeWilde-Brower of Idaho; nieces Kari Monzulla and Amelia DeWilde-Sunnyboy, both of North Pole; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Arrangements were made by Fairbanks Funeral Home.
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