Kenai resident Keith "Skeeter" Harrsch died in the arms of his wife, Judell, and sister, Lou, Friday, March 15, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 47.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Father Richard Tero will officiate. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Harrsch was born July 20, 1954, at Sacred Heart General Hospital in Eugene, Ore., the son of Donald and Marie Harrsch. He moved to Alaska permanently from Washington state in July 2000. He worked for VECO on the North Star Project.
"He loved life and lived it the way he wanted. He was a loving man who made friends everywhere he went. He spent as much time as he could fishing. He loved to snowmobile, fish and hang out with his friend Allen Collier, who was more than a brother-in-law," the family said.
"He was a tease and made everyone feel special in a way that only he could. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He made many mistakes during his short life, but he was able to turn his life around. He will be missed by all whose life he touched."
Mr. Harrsch is survived by his wife, Judell Harrsch; daughters, Elizabeth and Amanda Harrsch of Dexter, Ore.; sister, Lou Collier and her husband, Allen, of Nikiski; stepdaughter, Sharon Watt and her husband, Cameron, of Ferndale, Wash.; stepson, Jack Du Long and his wife, Tanya, of California; grandchildren, Jacqynette Watt, Joshua Watt and Sky Du Long; and nieces, Niki Collier and Brenda Boyd her husband, James, and their children, A.J. and Maria.
Memorials may be donated to the Harrsch family at 2090 Sixth St., Apt. 7, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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