Longtime Cooper Landing resident Gunter Manzek died Sunday, April 16, 2006, from prostate cancer at his home. He was 77.
A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, May 21, 2006, at the Cooper Landing Community Center in Cooper Landing. Mr. Manzek’s ashes will be laid to rest next to his wife, Ingrid, at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.
Mr. Manzek was born July 29, 1928,and raised in Ulrichshof, Germany, in the Pommern area. He was displaced from his home following World War II and had served in the German Military Service. He moved to West Germany during reconstruction, then to the United States, where he joined the U.S. Army in 1953.
He returned to marry his sweetheart, Ingrid, in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1956. They moved to Massachusetts and then in 1957 to California where he worked for PG&E, Best Fertilizer and Air Products. They moved their family to Alaska in July 1969 where Mr. Manzek worked for Colliers, Unocal and Arco, from which he retired in 1990.
Mr. Manzek moved to Cooper Landing in 1986, where he has resided ever since. He enjoyed driving, reading, history, his car and spending time with his dog.
When asked to describe him, his grandson said, “He was a man’s man, a tough guy. And he loved his grandkids a lot!”
“Our dad always wanted his family, friends and dogs close. He was a honest man and a hard worker. He did everything with gusto whether it was driving endlessly down the highway, kicking the ball for his dog, or cutting down trees with his chainsaw. He will be missed,” his family wrote.
Mr. Manzek was preceded in death by his wife, Ingrid Manzek; mother and father, Gunter and Herta Manzek; brothers, Deitrich and Rainer Manzek; and sister, Katy Dinkel.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rolf and Jackie Manzek of Kenai; son, Pete Manzek of Soldotna; daughter and son-in-law, Ute and Joe Levesque of Eagle River; granddaughters, Michelle and Brittany Manzek and Sarah Levesque; grandsons, Ryan and Ashton Manzek and Jay Levesque; brother, Gerd Manzek of Cooper Landing; sisters, Freda Schollgen and Erica Bartelt, both of Germany; and former daughter-in-law, Rhonda Soares of Kenai.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 510, Cooper Landing, AK 99572.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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