Nikiski resident, Gary Lynn Auldridge, 51, died Monday, March 7, 2011, on the North Slope in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the Nikiski Nazarenes Church, Mile 18 of the Kenai Spur Highway, in Nikiski. The Rev. Jason Evoy will be officiating. A gathering will follow the services at the church. Pallbearers will include Wayne Weaver, Alan Weaver, Derrill Weaver, Rusty Weaver, Rob White, Rusty Griffith and Chad McKinney.
Mr. Auldridge was born June 25, 1959, to Charlie and Sybil Auldridge, in Dallas, Texas. He moved to Alaska in 1960 where he lived in Nikiski. Mr. Auldridge attended and graduated from Kenai Central High School. In 1979 he worked for Unocal on the platforms for 15 years, which later became Agrium, where he worked until it closed down. Most recently he was working for CH2MHILL. He loved snow machining, poker and working on his Trans Am.
The family wrote, "Gary enjoyed the great Alaska outdoors, snow machining, skiing and camping with his family. He liked to cook, BBQ, and smoke fish. Gary was a passionate poker player, always looking forward to playing in a tournament in the community with his friends. He also looked forward to traveling to Las Vegas to play in poker tournaments. Another passionate hobby of his was restoring and working on his Trans Am. He was a devoted father when it came to coaching his children's sporting activities. He was a huge and loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys. The most important thing in his life was his "Girls." He devoted his time to spending it with his children and grandchildren. After raising a houseful of girls, he was ecstatic to finally have a grandson. The family wants to give their thanks and gratitude to all his very close friends he knew throughout his life."
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Lois Auldridge, of Texas; brothers, Larry Auldridge, of Texas, and Glenn Auldridge of Oklahoma; daughters, Malinda Parson, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Shannon Auldridge, of Nikiski; Sasha Auldridge, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Jamie Auldridge, of Nikiski; son-in-law, Chad McKinney, of Nikiski; granddaughters, Jody and Hailee McKinney, of Nikiski; grandson, Shane Auldridge, of Nikiski; brother and lifelong friend, Alan Weaver and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Gary to any Alaska USA Bank to Account #0001588138.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory.
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