Longtime Soldotna resident Reiner Tholke died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a long illness. He was 64.
At his request, no services are scheduled. His remains were cremated.
Mr. Tholke was born Dec. 2, 1938, in Berlin, Germany. He graduated as a master meat cutter and sausage maker in Hamburg, Germany. He moved to Alaska from California in the 1970s with his wife, Monique, and worked as a long haul truck driver during the pipeline years.
"He loved talking about guns, motorcycles, automobiles, fishing and his early days as a professional boxer. He was fond of his dogs and cats," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kurt and Elfriede; and his brothers, Jurgen and Carsten.
He is survived by his wife, Monique; brother, Volkart of Munich, Germany; son and daughter-in-law, Kristian and Tina; and grandchildren, William and Alexander.
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