Longtime Soldotna resident Walter Emerick died Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at his residence in Soldotna of natural causes while working in his garden. He was 76.
A gathering of family, friends and neighbors will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at his residence on the corner of Jay and Martin streets in Soldotna.
Mr. Emerick was born on March 25, 1925, in Billings, Mont., the son of Carl and Lena Emerick. He married Bernice in 1964 and they moved to Alaska in 1967. They lived in Fairbanks until they moved to Anchorage in the fall of 1968 and then to Soldotna in the spring of 1974. He started the W.D. Roofing Company, which the couple owned and operated until his retirement in 1988.
He enjoyed fishing and frequented Swiftwater Park. He did a lot of woodcutting, enjoyed watching movies, listening to the radio and most of all enjoyed working in his huge vegetable garden.
"He enjoyed socializing with all his buddies at the coffee shop most mornings, who will especially miss him. He also enjoyed the companionship of his dog, Toby," the family said.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl; his wife, Bernice; his brother-in-law, Howard Williamson; his sister-in-law, Harriet Williamson.
He is survived by his fiance, Sal Kostglanis; his mother, Freida, of Billings; brothers Leroy, of Billings, Gene, of Laurel, Mont.; sister, Delores Nolt of Walla Walla, Wash.; stepson, Robert Blee and his wife, Estella, of Oak Grove, Calif.; nephews Shaun and Dennis of Montana, Howard Jr., Mike and Jimmy Williamson of Alaska; and nieces Jennine and Gloria of Washington.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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