Ronald Garroutte of Ninilchik died Monday, April 21, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a long battle with cancer. He was 55.
A wake celebrating Mr. Garroutte's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the American Legion Hall in Ninilchik.
Mr. Garroutte was born in Modesto, Calif., on May 30, 1947. He moved to Alaska with his parents in 1963 and attended Ninilchik High School. He married Amy Walker in 1965 and, at 17, worked as plumber for Burton Plumbing. In 1974, he joined Union Local No. 367, working several years for Superior Plumbing. He worked on the Alyeska Pipeline, Barrow High School and utilidor, Alaska Regional Hospital and the Alaska SeaLife Center.
Mr. Garroutte lived in Anchorage for 25 years before returning to Ninilchik in 1990. He took a medical retirement in 2001.
As a member of Alaska Outdoor Council and Safari Club International, Mr. Garroutte loved hunting, fishing and observing wildlife. He hunted and guided throughout Alaska and achieved his his dream when he built a hunting camp on Lake Iliamna, where he could host hunting and fishing trips for family and friends.
"He never wanted to go anywhere that he couldn't hunt or fish. As much as hunting and fishing, Ron enjoyed taking a evening drive and looking for critters just to watch," his family said.
Mr. Garroutte was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Garroutte.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Garroutte of Ninilchik; mother, Christine Garroutte of Ninilchik; sons, Vince Garroutte of Anchorage and Chet Garroutte of Bend, Ore.; daughter, Yvette Moreland of Portland, Maine; brother, Verdell Garroutte; sister, Verda Hightman of California; grandchildren, Madison Welsh, Reece Garroutte and Brandon Garroutte; and many treasured hunting partners.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at Wells Fargo Bank in account No. 0570435123.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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