Longtime Kenai resident Fred U. Korpinen died Monday, April 23, 2007, with his family at his side at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 72.
A potluck with family and friends will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai.
Mr. Korpinen was born to Helen Knight Spear and Una Korpinen in Rockland, Maine on April 10, 1934. He moved to Alaska in 1952 while serving in the U. S. Army and then transferred to Wildwood Army Base in Kenai in 1953. There he met his wife of 52 years, Charlotte March Korpinen. He reached the rank of 1st Sgt. during his lengthy military career.
He returned to Kenai in 1967 where he worked in the oil industry, commercial fishing and as road manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He was an active member of American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai, a Pilgrim member of the Peninsula Moose Lodge No. 1942 in Kenai and a member of the Masonic Temple Kenai Lodge No. 11 in Soldotna.
“Fred will be remembered for his beautiful smile and as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend,” his family said.
He was preceded in death by his father; niece, Lorissa Satkowiak; and nephew, Alan Robert Blohm.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Neisa Eldridge and her husband, Kevin of Kenai; mother, Helen Knight Spear of Middleboro, Mass.; brother, Alan Korpinen and his wife, Reina of Belen, N.M.; sisters, Eileen Korpinen and her fiancé, Bob McCourt of Coopers Mills, Maine and Jeannie Johnson and her husband, Sam of Bridgewater, Maine; stepsister, Madeline Thornton and her husband, Richard of Gardiner, Maine; sister- and brother-in-law, Lee and Alan Blohm of Kawkawlin, Mich.; and nieces and nephews, Diana and James Zirul, Chris and Denise Blohm, Kevin and Julie Blohm, Lori Blohm, Patti and Greg Satkowiak, Kris and Pam Korpinen, Tristan Korpinen, Mark Orellana, Alan Lee Korpinen, Elisa Orellana and JoAnn Korpinen.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Fred to Central Peninsula Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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