Edwin G. 'Ed' Rofkar
Longtime Alaskan and Ninilchik resident Edwin G. “Ed” Rofkar died in his sleep Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at his home in Ninilchik from complications of a stroke several years before. He was 82.
Memorial services will be at Ninilchik Housing Authority, Mile 134.6 Sterling Highway, at 1 p.m. Monday, March 20. Burial with military honors will follow the service at the Ninilchik American Legion Post No. 18 Cemetery.
Mr. Rofkar was born April 11, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Devilbiss High School in Toledo in 1941. He attended Ohio State University, where he studied engineering and arts. He also attended Georgetown University, where he studied premed. He married Luci Chamberlain in 1948, a fellow student at Ohio State. They “honeymooned” for three years in Hawaii, where they climbed Mona Kea on the Big Island.
Mr. Rofkar fell in love with Alaska in 1951 when he was stationed in Fairbanks, moving in 1953 to Wildwood Station Army base in Kenai. Two years later the military sent him back to the Lower 48.
He returned to Alaska in 1957 and settled a 160-acre homestead in Ninilchik on Oil Well Road. The cabin was featured in the August 1959 Holiday Magazine in a “Salute to Alaska: The Real Alaska” as the “Homesteaders of the Kenai Peninsula.”
Mr. Rofkar served in the Army for 18 years, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He was in the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean, serving in Italy, Greece, France and Yugoslavia and also in Africa, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Czechoslovakia. He was a ground control approach operator, cryptographer and a cryptologist and was with the early atomic testing, communications and radar. He received three Battle Stars, a Bronze Star, the unit citation Oak Leaf Cluster and a good conduct medal.
In his early years in Ninilchik, Mr. Rofkar worked on the pipeline in Kenai and the cannery in Ninilchik. He later worked for and retired from the state Department of Transportation, where he was everything from a surveyor to project engineer.
After retirement, he returned to Ninilchik and worked at the Inlet View as a bartender. He loved crossword puzzles, games, tricks, backgammon, chess, reading and Scrabble.
“Ed was loved by many, many people around Alaska and will be missed terribly,” his family said.
Mr. Rofkar was preceded in death by his father, Edwin G. Rofkar Sr., mother, Mathilda; brother, Don; and grandchildren, Billy Mountjoy and Andrew Fernandez Rofkar.
He is survived by four sons, Dane and Sven of Ninilchik, Leif in Fairbanks, and Finn in Anchorage; daughters, Greta in Palmer, Ingrid of California and Maritta Mountjoy in Kentucky; long-time friend and confidant, Debra Oskolokoff; brothers, Willis in Toledo and Richard; nine nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Robin, Robin, Gunnar, Shawna, Devon, Amber, Melissa, Kyle, Justin, Emily; and great-grandchildren, James and Jeremiah.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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