Former Kenai Peninsula resident Rod Miessner died Jan. 19, 2008, at the Providence Assisted Living Home in Anchorage. He was 56.
A memorial service will be held on 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory, 1800 Dare Ave. in Anchorage.
Mr. Miessner was born Feb. 8, 1951, in Faulkerton, S.D. to Donald and Ruth Miessner. He moved to Alaska with his family in 1967 and attended Romig Junior High and West Anchorage High School.
He moved to Palmer in 1975 with his wife where he had two children, Mack and Willow. He worked over the years at different jobs in construction and flooring, where her learned to build and repair almost anything.
"Those were the happiest years of his life," his family said.
He moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1997, where he lived for the last 11 years.
"Rod loved the Kenai River, most likely because that is where he spent many years fishing with his father and friends. He had changed his lifestyle and had met some wonderful people in Soldotna who thought the world of him, because of his kindness and eagerness to help others. Rod was told that he only had a very short time to live. They talked him into contacting his family, which he did, and it was a great blessing to them all.
"His last days were shared with two of his children and his sister and brother. They were all saddened by the fact he was on his deathbed, but relieved to know that about five years ago he had given his life to Jesus Christ and that those five years of his life he spent making friends and helping people," his family said.
Mr. Miessner was preceded in death by his father and mother, Don and Ruth Miessner; sister, Debbie Lincoln; and nephew, Chuck Lincoln.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mack and Rochelle Miessner; grandchildren, Blake and Seth of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Willow and Brandon Canady, grandchildren Annelise and Madden of Chugiak; daughter Kimmie Miessner of Colorado; sisters Dawn Clark of Seattle and Diane Millar of Anchorage; brothers Steve Miessner of Anchorage and Daniel Miessner of Colorado.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
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