Emmett Jordan Jr.
Longtime Soldotna resident Emmett Jordan Jr. died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in the presence of close friends from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) at his home in Soldotna. He was 66.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale Ave. Pastor John Rysdyk will officiate.Military honors will be performed by the VFW Post No. 10046 and the American Legion Post No. 20. An additional memorial service will be held Jan. 27 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. Jordan was born April 15, 1940, to Emmett Jordan Sr. and Hazel (Baldwin) Jordan in Americus, Ga. He graduated in 1958 from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. He married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Mae Williams, and they had one daughter, Charlissa Jordan Magen
He served 20-plus years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a drill sergeant. Within his years of service he was stationed in Vietnam, received a bronze medal and did three rotations in Germany. He was a Golden Gloves Champion in the military for two years in the 160-pound weight class.In 1964 he placed in the Olympic eliminations. He had the honor of meeting Casius Clay, better known as Mohammed Ali, and Joe Frazier.
Mr. Jordan and his family moved from Florida to Soldotna in 1984. He retired from the U.S.Post Office after 10 years. He later owned and operated Classic Cleaning and worked for Ron’s Rent It Center Carwash, both in Soldotna. He volunteered and coached his grandson’s basketball team for the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula. He also volunteered and taught a boxing class in the community.
He was diagnosed with ALS in December 2006.
“Emmett’s love of life included friendships, boxing, playing pool, football, country music and volunteerism. Emmett was a very charismatic individual. He had an unforgettable smile and a contagious laugh. He will be dearly missed,” his family said.
Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by his father, Emmett Jordan Sr.; mother, Hazel Taylor; and partner, Jackie Kloniger.
He is survived by his brothers, Leonard “L.C.” Charles Edwards of Washington, D.C., Loran “Sunny” Jordan of Fort Lauderdale, and Moses “Junior” James Brown of Tamarac, Fla.; sister, Camille “Sister” J. Stephens of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.; daughter and son in-law, Charlissa Rene and Dr. Ned Magen of Soldotna; grandchildren, Maurissa of Colorado and Darryl Magen of Soldotna; stepson, Christopher Jordan and his three children, Mikayla, Bryslin and Christian, all of Quincy, Ill.; and numerous nephews and nieces of Washington, D.C., Florida, Ohio, Connecticut, California, Arizona, and South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kenai Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, 705 Frontage Road Suite B, Kenai, AK 99611; Special Olympics, 1133 19th St. NW, 12th floor, Washington, D.C. 20036-3604; Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669; SoHi Intensive Needs Program, Room 10, 425 W. Marydale, Soldotna, AK 99669; The LeeShore Center, 425 S. Spruce St., Kenai, AK, 99611, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, 33955 Community College Road, Soldotna, AK 99669 and Frontier Community Services Senior Department, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road No. 36, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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