Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Jack Elis Dornbusch died Monday, April 13, 2009 at home. He was 76.
Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 17, 2009 at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Mr. Dornbusch's son, Herb Harster, will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the VFW Post No. 10046 and the American Legion Post No. 20. A gathering and memorial potluck will follow the services at the J Bar B Club at Mile 101.5 Sterling Highway in Soldotna.
Mr. Dornbusch was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Bremerton, Wash., where he was raised and attended college. He entered into the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. Mr. Dornbusch moved to the Clam Gulch and Kasilof area in 1973 and had lived in Sandpoint and Anchorage before returning to Kasilof in 1990. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell Phone Company in the 1970s. He started a business, J & B Enterprises, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator and landscaper from which he retired in 1998. He also worked as a mechanic and fish tender. Mr. Dornbusch was a Christian of non-denomination. He was a sponsor and member of the Peninsula Stock Car Ice Racing.
"Jack often gave us this advice: 'There is nothing in this world you can't do if you put your mind to it. Never start a job unless you intend to finish,'" his family said.
Mr. Dornbusch was preceded in death by his adopted parents; biological mother; and his aunt, Myrtle Cooper.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wanda Dornbusch of Kasilof; sons, Benny McKoon and his wife, Bobbie, of Auburn, Wash., Mike McKoon of Kasilof, Herb Harster and his wife, Cindy, of Anchorage and Joe Dornbusch of Kasilof; daughters, Nina McKoon of Kasilof, Cherie Holliday of Wasilla, Kim Graham and her husband, Steve, of Kasilof and Jackie Hatten and her husband, Carl, of Kasilof; 69 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jack's memory to the COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave. Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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