Longtime Alaska resident Dale F. Richard died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 84.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna. Pastor Keith Randall will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the American Legion Post No. 20 and VFW Post No. 10046. His ashes will be combined with his wife, Lorraine's, ashes and laid to rest next to her parents in Estherville, Iowa.
Mr. Richard was born Sept. 14, 1924, to George and Elma Richard in Wallingford, Iowa. He served in the Army infantry during World War II. He was a prisoner of war and a Purple Heart recipient. After the war, he married Lorraine Kroenke. He sold his welding shop in Iowa in 1964 and moved to Alaska with his wife and two sons. He has been a resident of Alaska since 1965. He joined the Iron Workers Union, Local 751, in 1966 and retired in 1984. After selling his Anchorage home, he moved to his home on the Slana River in 1978. He remained there until he sold the home in 1998 and purchased a home in Kenai to be near family.
"Dale loved building things and found great satisfaction in his work. He loved reading his Bible and telling others about what the Lord had done for him," his family said.
Mr. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years; parents; and brothers, Leroy and Merle Richard.
He is survived by his brothers, Laverne and Duane Richard; sister, Maureen Pinegar; sons, Craig Richard and his wife, Johana, of Anchorage and Steve Richard and his wife, Cecelia, of Kenai; grandchildren, Chad Richard of Anchorage, Chris Richard of Portland, Ore., Brent and Diana Nelson of St. Louis, Corey and Bob Ball of Forks, Wash., and Lori and James Spinka of Kenai; and great-grandchildren, Rory and Cameron Nelson, Mya, Ben and Canon Spinka and Rowan Ball.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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