Lifelong Nikiski resident Steven Jerrald Smith died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.
A celebration of his life will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center. Pastor Harold Lewis will officiate.
Mr. Smith was born Sept. 5, 1952, in Anchorage. He attended school in Kenai and graduated in 1970. While he was a teenager, he commercially fished. After graduating from high school, he joined the labor union. Many local crews used his concrete expertise. He retired from the Laborer's Union Local 341 in September 2002.
"Steve was a loving brother, uncle and friend. He was also a loving companion and a father figure. He was an honest and compassionate man. He liked fishing, camping and walking on the beach. He also liked all kinds of music, but especially The Grateful Dead," his family said.
Mr. Smith is survived by his sisters, Terry Williamson of Anchorage, Lee McCaughey and Sue Jureo, both of Nikiski, and Merry Smith of Kenai; brothers, Jeff and Nick Smith, both of Nikiski; nephew, Brian Williamson of Kasilof; nieces, Jennifer Williamson of Anchorage and Colleen Smith, Elisha Smith and Erin, Erica and Faith Smith, all of Kenai; and his longtime companion, Becky Langston of Kenai, her sons, Jammie and Josiah Matthews, and her grandchildren, Fayth and Christian, all of Nikiski.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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