Vern Lofstedt

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011

Former Kenai resident Vern Lofstedt dies unexpectedly on Jan. 16, 2011, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 61.

A celebration of life memorial will be held at the Kenai Bible Church Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at 6 p.m., with a reception following immediately after.

Mr. Lofstedt was born in Anchorage Dec. 7, 1949, and lived most of his life in the Kenai area. He loved all things aviation, cars and the great outdoors.

He was an accomplished pilot, having flown both planes and helicopters his entire life and working in the family business. Some of his fondest memories were of piloting helicopters while working with Alaska Department of Fish and Game, tagging and tracking wildlife. Taking his family and friends on sightseeing and fly-in fishing trips over the years brought him great joy. Mr. Lofstedt also loved the "art of the deal," his most recent being buying and rebuilding a helicopter. He could often be found at the local airport or car shows talking shop with his buddies.

His children and grandchildren were his greatest love, and his most recent years were spent in Arizona where he could be close to them. "Papa Vern" faithfully attended every event: swimming lessons, soccer games, cheer rehearsals and play productions. He also played a mean game of poker and wouldn't hesitate to take the winnings from his kids at a family game. Mr. Lofstedt simply loved his family, and he was not shy about expressing it through his words and actions.

He is survived by his father Vernon "Bud" Lofstedt; siblings Christy Johnson, Craig Lofstedt, and Vicki Wonser; children Sharane Dorrah, Trever Lofstedt, and Travis Lofstedt and their mother Diana Lofstedt, and his two grandchildren Alexis and Madison Lofstedt.

In lieu of flowers, Vern would be proud if donations were made to Solid Rock Bible Ministries (36251 Solid Rock Road #1 Soldotna, Alaska, 99669, 907-262-4741); Soldotna High School Basketball (425 W. Marydale Ave. Soldotna, Alaska, 99669, 907-260-7000) or any other organization that holds deep meaning for you.

His children welcome special memories of Vern; please e-mail them to

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