Soldotna resident Theodore Antone Velanis died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at the Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna after a short illness. He was 70.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Trinity Christian Church in Soldotna. Pastor Ray Ansel will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Fort Richardson.
Mr. Velanis was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Anchorage and lived in Alaska all his life. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.
He lived and worked in Moose Pass and Anchorage until moving to Kodiak, where he worked as a fisherman and construction worker, later becoming a National Alcohol Counselor. He was an active member of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and was president of the Bells Flats Native Corporation for many years. He was a member of Trinity Christian Church in Soldotna.
Mr. Velanis enjoyed camping, fishing, playing musical instruments and church activities.
"Ted will be missed by his family and friends," his family said.
Mr. Velanis is survived by all of his children, four sisters, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Christian Church, P.O. Box 238, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels.
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