Lifelong Kenai resident Claude "Bobby" Showalter died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage from pneumonia. He was 63.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Father Thomas Andrew will officiate. Burial will be at the Kenai City Cemetery, and a celebration of life will follow the services at Fort Kenay.
Mr. Showalter was born July 13, 1941, in Kenai. He entered into the U.S. Army on Sept. 14, 1966, and served during Vietnam before he was honorably discharged Sept. 13, 1968. He worked for the Kenai Native Association and the Salamatof Native Association prior to retiring. He was a member of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.
"Bobby was a Kenaitze Tribal member who took pride in his heritage. He enjoyed telling stories of how Kenai was when he was growing up. He was well liked by all who knew him. He was a quiet man who loved his family and spent every waking moment with his dog, Toby, who also will miss him," his family said.
"Bobby spent his free time carving wood, fishing and spending time in the outdoors. He enjoyed company to drink coffee with and talk. Bobby had a kind heart and enjoyed helping others. He would give anyone anything they needed, including his last dollar. His fondest memories were spent at Spirit Lake camping and hunting throughout the summers as a young adult and later in his life."
Mr. Showalter was preceded in death by his father, Warder Showalter Sr.; mother, Nadia Showalter; brothers, Jay, Ward Jr. and Emery Showalter; sister, Hazel Showalter; nephew, Ward Showalter III; and friend, Nels Juliussen.
He is survived by his brother, James R. Showalter Sr. of Soldotna; sisters, Adeline Chaffin of Kenai and Hilma Bocatch of Anchorage; aunt, Maggie Dolchok of Kenai; nieces, Jennifer Showalter, Tina, Debra and Sandra Chaffin, Nancy Hauck, Hazel Costanios, Anita Johansen, Ruby Showalter and Emerline Showalter; nephews, James Showalter Sr., Kenny Chaffin, James Jay Cross, Bobby Bocatch and David, Henry, George, Lloyd and Vince Showalter; many great-nieces and nephews; and friends, Michael and Timothy Juliussen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent the Cultural Heritage Program for the youth drum and dance program C/O Kenaitze Indian Tribe, P.O. Box 988, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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