Longtime Alaska and Kasilof resident Robert McCurdy died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 50.
Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Church of Christ, Mile 91.7 Sterling Highway in Soldotna. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service. Evangelist Tony Cloud will officiate. A memorial potluck will immediately follow the services at the church.
Mr. McCurdy was born May 17, 1955, in Alamogordo, N.M. He had lived in the Kenai-Soldotna area, and for the last 21 years he lived in Kasilof. He moved to Alaska when he was 7. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol while a student at Kenai Central High School, where he graduated in 1973.
Mr. McCurdy and his father commercial fished together and later he was employed as a carpenter, a welder’s helper on the North Slope, worked as a roughneck on several platforms and for the past 25 years he was employed by McLane Consulting as a survey party chief.
“He was baptized in the Church of Christ as a child and continued in spirit no matter where he was. Robert was a hard worker who loved the outdoors. He enjoyed the horses on the family farm and driving the tractor. Robert enjoyed exploring the outdoors with his family and teaching them about the wonders of Alaska. One of Robert’s biggest pleasures was taking his girls fishing and exploring. He was a man of many skills, including plumbing, electrical work and design carpentry,” his family said.
“Robert will be remembered as a very quiet, patient man who loved his family with all his heart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.”
Mr. McCurdy was preceded in death by his father, Billie Sturgis McCurdy.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Rita McCurdy of Kasilof; daughters, Priscilla C. and Madalyn M. McCurdy of Kasilof and Jennifer McCurdy of Kenai; mother, Juanita McCurdy of Kenai; brother, James McCurdy of Kenai; sister, Carolyn Marek and her husband, Richard, of Caldwell, Texas; and nephews, Jason, Andrew and Evan Marek, all of Caldwell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Robert McCurdy Memorial Fund, C/O First National Bank, 44501 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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