Kenai resident Mr. Lyle J Scrimger, 61, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at his home in Kenai with his family by his side.
A gathering will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. His wife invites people to come to, 37105 Even Lane Kenai to gather and share memories about Lyle. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Michigan.
Mr. Scrimger was born Sept. 17, 1948, to Dale and Barbara (Burgess) Scrimger in Almont, Mich. He graduated from high school in Imlay City, Mich., in 1966. Although he never earned a degree, he attended numerous colleges in pursuit of a passion for lifelong learning. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army, decorated Vietnam combat veteran, and a long term member of the Michigan Army National Guard. He moved to Alaska in 2004 living in Emmonak where he resided until 2008. In 2008 he and his wife moved to Kenai. He was an Army National Guard recruiter from 1985 to 2001. Lyle was a member of the Kenai Christian Church in Kenai, on the Soldotna Playground Committee, The Kenai River Rotary, a CERT Volunteer, and helped out with Relay for Life. He loved hunting, fishing, baking, outdoor activities and boating on the Yukon River.
"Most important to Lyle was his family and friends. He willingly gave up his Michigan home and encouraged Margaret as they shared an Alaskan adventure," his family said. "His family remembers him as a great storyteller who loved to share a joke. He had a passion for the outdoors, hunting, fishing and boating. He was actively involved in his community. Lyle was proud of his Scottish Heritage and all things Scott."
Mr. Scrimger is survived by his wife of 24 years, Margaret (White) Scrimger of Kenai; parents, Dale and Barbara (Burgess) Scrimger of Lapeer, Mich.; mother-in-law, Mary White of Kenai; brother-in-law, Charles White and his wife, Nancy, of Madison, N.H.; brothers, Lyn Scrimger and his wife, Paula of Okemos, Mich., Sid Scrimger and his wife, Sheree of Manistee, Mich., and Philip Scrimger and his wife, Marlos of Columbiaville, Mich., and David Scrimger and his wife, April of Lapeer, Mich.; sisters, Beva Moir and her husband, Ian of Wayland, Mich., and Beth Gatzke and her husband, Duane of Kent, Wash.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels.
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