Rodney Craig Nicholas died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage of complications from a long illness. He was 51.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd., in Anchorage. The Rev. Mary Koch will officiate.
There will be a celebration of his life at 4 p.m. March 13 at the Kenai Elks Lodge. It will be a potluck.
Mr. Nicholas' ashes will be scattered on the slopes of Mauna Kea and Waikiki Beach at a later date.
He was born June 21, 1952, in Honolulu. He graduated from The Kamehameha Schools and attended Fresno State University.
He moved to Alaska in 1980, living in both Anchorage and Kenai.
He had worked at the Peninsula Clarion and Kenai Elks Lodge but had been unable to work since his kidney transplant in July 2000.
He was a musician. His special interests included music, travel, golf, bowling and football. He especially loved watching his sons play football and baseball and participate in track and field events. He was a member of the Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425 and the Moose Lodge.
His family said they will remember "his wonderful sense of humor, cute smile, up-for-a-challenge attitude, his bravery, strong heart and his love for his family and friends right up to the end. He will always be No. 1 in our lives forever."
Mr. Nicholas was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Sonny Nicholas.
He is survived by his sons, Sepa and Papapa Nicholas-Silvira; sisters and spouses, Becky and Stan Pitlo, Joanne Vierkoetter and Lani Liu and Marilei Daniels; brothers, Grant and Perry Nicholas; companion and partner, Mary Silvira; nieces and nephews, LisaLei, Leianne, Peter and James Craig; grand-nieces and nephews, Manuhoa, Kylee, Wyatt, Cade and Halee; special friend, Annie Hikita; daughters and spouses, Malia and Vau Tuga, Faiva and Paul Chavis, Leina and Matini Manu and all their children; special cousins, the Devine and McLean families; and friends from Alaska, Arizona and Hawaii.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alaska Kidney Foundation, 4160 Tudor Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, or the Kenai Elks Lodge.
Arrangements were made by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory in Anchorage.
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