Anchorage resident Ned Raymond Encelewski died from health complications on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 81.
A funeral was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik. Burial was at Spruce Grove Cemetery in Kasilof.
Father Trefon will officiate. Following the burial, a reception will be held at the Inlet View Lodge in Ninilchik from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mr. Encelewski was born June 25, 1928 in Easton, Penn. He moved to Alaska in 1945, at the age of 17. He graduated from Anchorage High School in May 1946. He then started college at the University of Alaska Anchorage for a short time, but quit to help his parents in Clam Gulch with their new homestead, at what is now known as Encelewski Lake. Mr. Encelewski also helped his parents with the establishment of the original Ninilchik General Store.
He was a member of the Moose, Elks and VFW. He was also a member of the IBEW for more than 35 years. He worked as a communications technician at several of the old White Alice sites around Alaska. He also worked as an electrician with the IBEW. He commercial fished out of Ninilchik, Clam Gulch and Kodiak.
His family wrote, "Ned Raymond Encelewski leaves a lifelong legacy in Alaska, and he will be dearly missed."
Mr. Encelewski was preceded in death by his father, Marion Encelewski; mother, Ester Encelewski; son, Eric Encelewski; daughter, Cynthia Lou Encelewski; grandson, Matthew Encelewski; grandson, Brett Encelewski; and granddaughter, Jamie Lynn Encelewski.
Survivors include his sister, Marion Oskolkoff; sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Karen Encelewski of Ninilchik, Grant and Jonna Encelewski of Kenai, Ned R. Encelewski II and wife Sarah of Aurora, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Al Henrikson of Napa Valley, Calif.; daughters Nedra Mae Encelewski, Christine Encelewski and Nichole Encelewski; stepchildren, Richard Smith, Patricia Shanks and her husband, Tom, and Bernadette Bishop and her husband, Mike; nieces Debra Oskolkoff, Marla Kvasnikoff and Becky Oskolkoff; nephews Bruce Oskolkoff and Gary Oskolkoff; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Ned R. Encelewski Memorial Fund, 1611 Elcadore Drive No. 1, Anchorage, AK 99507.
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