Sand Point resident John Karl Karlsen died Monday, May 6, 2002, in Kenai. He was 70.
Celebrations of his life will be at 2 p.m. today at Victory Worship Center, 3740 DeBarr Road in Anchorage, and at 4 p.m. May 24 at the Sand Point city gymnasium. His ashes will be scattered on Ivan Island in Pavlof Bay.
Mr. Karlsen was born July 12, 1931, in Sanak. He served in Korea for 14 months with the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong Alaska resident and commercial fisher.
"He was many things to many people: loving husband, father and friend. He was passionate about his family and his country music. His home was a happy place, with lots of laughter and a meeting place for all who needed a great cup of coffee and good conversation," his family said.
"Although he will be missed unbearably, he will live always in the hearts and minds of his wife, 12 children, 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, family, 'adopted family' and countless friends.
"The greatest legacy John Karlsen left his family was their unconditional love for each other."
Mr. Karlsen was preceded in death by his father, Karl John Karlsen, his mother, Matrona "Mattie" Karlsen, and his sister, Caroline Anderson.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea Karlsen of Sand Point; children, Eleanor Mitchell of Oklahoma, Lydia Karlsen of Washington, and Genevieve, Julia, John L., Darrin, Olga, Karen, Andrew, Paul, Joanna and Julius Karlsen, all of Alaska; sisters, Genevieve Williamson and Julia Nelson; niece, Caroline Wilson; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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