Kenai resident John Joseph Sivley died Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 59.
A memorial mass will be held noon Saturday, March 29, at Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. A gathering will follow the mass at the Vagabond Bar. Father Joe Dowling will officiate.
Mr. Sivley was born March 6, 1949, to Theodore and Helen Sivley in Chattanooga, Tenn. He attended high school in Los Altos, Calif., and furthered his education by attending the University of California at Berkeley and Chico State University. He moved to Alaska in 1975 and was co-owner of White Mountain Lodge north of Palmer. He moved to Anchorage for a short while, but settled in Kenai in 1977. He joined the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local No. 867 and started Sivley Concrete. He retired in 2000.
"John started a new career working in real estate in 2001 and was working for Soldotna Realty. He was an avid fisherman, a real history buff and a voracious reader, especially for anything pertaining to Alaska. He coached and umpired softball and later was the teen director at the Boys and Girls Club. John loved interacting with people and believed in community involvement. He loved to cook for others. John will be loved and missed by many nieces and nephews, as well as many friends in the community," his family said.
Mr. Sivley was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Sivley.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sivley of Kenai; stepson, Shawn Crandall; mother, Helen Sivley, of Modesto, Calif.; brother, Charles Sivley of Mountain View, Calif.; Ted Sivley and his wife, Bev, of Dayton, Nev.; and sister, Judy Murphy and her husband, Dennis, of Modesto, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to WOW at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, 250 Hospital Place. Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel. in Kenai.
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