Kenai resident Kenneth James Marquis died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a lengthy illness. He was 55.
Celebration of life services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Sterling. Pastor Bob Reasner will officiate.
Mr. Marquis was born in Chehalis, Wash., on March 31, 1948. He was raised in Chehalis, where he met his wife, Becky, in high school. They married in April 1968. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1967 and served for four years. He spent one year in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was proud of the time he served his country.
Mr. Marquis and his family moved to Alaska in 1972, after his discharge from the service. He retired in March 2003 from Spring Creek Correctional Facility, where he was a corrections officer. Before he died, he was the Post Commander of the AMVETS Post No. 4.
"Ken loved his wife, Becky, of almost 36 years, and he loved his four daughters. He enjoyed singing karaoke, playing 'real poker,' camping, hunting, fishing, gold mining and reading. He loved the Alaska outdoors and was proud to be an American," his family said.
His daughter Tanya gave this scripture to her dad, and it holds great meaning to his family: "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy." (Philippians 1:3-4)
Mr. Marquis was preceded in death by his parents, James and Pearl Marquis; and his daughter, Lisa Marquis Haviland, who passed away one month ago.
He is survived by his wife, Becky; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Russell Phipps of Soldotna, Jeannie and Shane Blakely of Kasilof and Tanya Marquis of Kenai; son-in-law, Charles Haviland of Soldotna; grandchildren, Jaime Boon, Joseph Boon, Brandon Phipps, Jason Phipps, Billy Haviland and Lars Haviland, all of Soldotna, and Serena Marquis and Timothy Blakely of Kasilof; siblings, Linda Harris of Virginia, Ray Marquis of Kenai, Rose Marquis-Herrington of Washington and Glen Marquis of Kenai; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Memorial donations may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 1092, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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