Former Kenai Peninsula resident Philip Paul Snisarenko died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, of cancer, at Hospice of the Valley Dobson House, in Chandler Ariz. He was 69.
A funeral is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2011, 1 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall officiating.
Mr. Snisarenko was born Sept. 18, 1941, in Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada, to Peter and Mary Snisarenko (nee` Balisky). He attended Fairview (Alberta) High School, where he enjoyed sports and played hockey for the Fairview Monarchs, the local junior team.
He married Ruth Snisarenko on July 14, 1961, in Hines Creek, Alberta.
In 1964 the couple moved to Red Deer, Alberta, where Mr. Snisarenko began a career in the oil industry. He quickly advanced over the next 15 years, serving as rig operator, rig manager, field superintendant and an oilfield consultant. In 1979 he joined Roll'n Well Service Inc., of Red Deer. In 1983 he transferred to Anchorage and served as operations superintendant for Roll'n Alaska and Nordic Calista Services. Mr. Snisarenko was responsible for designing and building the industry-first all in-one module service rig for Alaska's North Slope. This design continues to be an industry standard.
The family wrote: "Phil retired in 2007 and the couple moved to 'Phil's Cabin,' their beloved home that Phil built on the Kenai River. Phil was a master in the kitchen, 'family famous' for his delicious soups, brisket, ribs and fresh blackened salmon. He loved to share some of his favorite dishes and visit around a camp fire with family and friends.
Phil and Ruth were very fortunate to able to travel the world together. They traveled extensively through the Mediterranean, Caribbean, South Pacific and Asia. The couple also enjoyed traveling the southwest and spending time at their home in Arizona."
Mr. Snisarenko is survived by his wife of almost 50 years; son Shawn; daughter-in-law Casey (Leete); granddaughter Mia Isabella; grandson Vincent Philip; his sisters, Lorraine Shudra (Ed), of Stoney Plain, Alberta; Rachel Lajuenesse (Andy), of Blackfalds, Alberta; Vivian Heck (Lawrence), of Blackfalds; brothers-in-law, Ken Polukoshko (Terri), of Edmonton, Alberta; Ed Polukoshko (Susan), of Stoney Plain, Alberta; Jim Polukoshko (Gail), of Calgary, Alberta; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved grand dogs, Tori and Brady.
Mr. Snisarenko loved all dogs, especially the K9 unit of the Anchorage Police Department. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Dollars for Dogs in his name. Dollars for Dogs is a non-profit which fully funds these amazing animals for the citizens of Anchorage. Dollars for Dogs, P.O. Box 202402, Anchorage, Alaska 99520.
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