North Kenai resident Derald L. Bise died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 61.
A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Pastor Brad Cason will officiate at the service. A reception will follow at the Eagles Aerie No. 3525. Another celebration of life will be held at a later date in Washington state.
Mr. Bise was born May 25, 1941, in Mexico, Mo. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years before being honorably discharged. He worked for GTE, which is now Verizon, for 26 years before retiring in 1992. He moved to Alaska in 1993.
Mr. Bise was a member of North Kenai Chapel and involved with the Gold Prospectors Association of America. He enjoyed gold panning at Mills Creek, fishing, hunting and traveling.
"He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He especially enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He will be deeply missed by all, including his gold panning partner, John Klimpe," his family said.
Mr. Bise was preceded in death by his parents; a baby daughter, Kathryn Michelle Bise; and special brother-in-law, Nile Metcalf, who also was his best friend.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Bise of North Kenai; sons, Richard Bise of Wisconsin, Robert Grauman of California, Daniel Grauman of Delaware, William Schachinger of Wisconsin, John Schachinger of Alaska and Joseph Schachinger of Wisconsin; daughters, Christine McKay of Washington, Bethanie Powell of Washington and Kimberly Recha and Susan Grauman, both of Wisconsin; brothers, Melvin Bise of Kansas and Richard Bise of Missouri; sister, Melvadeen Bise of Kansas; and many grandchildren and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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