Robert Serge

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Homer resident Robert Serge died in an ultralight accident Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at the Homer Airport. He was 45.

Memorial services will be held 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the Lands End Resort in the Quarter Deck Room. The Rev. Floyd Seekins will officiate.

Mr. Serge was born June 8, 1957, to Dominic and Janina Serge in Chicago.

"Rob's passion for life knew no bounds. He embraced all of life's challenges as adventures, pursuing excellence in all he did: in his work, his hobbies and in his relationships," his family said. "Rob committed his life to the Lord as a young boy at his grandfather's funeral. He strove to follow his Lord Jesus and walk in God's enduring grace. His church families of Grace Bible Church in Homer and Fish Creek Community Church in Wisconsin played an integral role in his developing relationship with his Savior."

Rob loved his work as a builder of dovetail log homes. He enjoyed the process of artistically carving the dovetail joints to interlock together. Making pieces of life fit together for a beautiful purpose was his mind set. He knew all things work together for God's purpose and that God's plan is perfect, designed by unconditional love, enduring hope and saving grace.

Rob's passion for life extended to skydiving (he had 652 jumps), photography, hockey, music, playing guitar, hiking and his most recent discovery of ultralights. Rob always dreamed of flying and felt an ultralight was as close to a bird as one could get. He sought to learn all he could to prepare himself to fly. Over several months, Rob took lessons, read books, took classes and dreamed.

"His first solo flight ended tragically for those of us left behind, but he is now soaring the heavens with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," his family said.

Rob had traveled all over the world and felt Homer was incomparable in its beauty and its people. Rob was a commercial fisher in Alaska in his early 20s, fishing out of Dutch Harbor and Homer. After Rob married Kathy, they moved from Wisconsin to Alaska in June 1993, beginning life here as newlyweds. They discovered an ideal spot out East End and together built their hand-hewn dovetail log home. As with all Rob's buildings, his legacy lives on through his work.

"Rob was dovetailed into many lives and the loss of him can only be filled with the love of God," his family said.

Rob was the owner of Great Northern Logsmiths in Homer since 1993, Dovetail Bed and Breakfast in Homer since 1995, Imagery Imports in Fish Creek, Wisc., until 1992 and RS Carpentry in Egg Harbor, Wisc., until 1992. He had volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, as well as volunteering work for numerous people in need.

Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Janina Serge.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Katherine Serge of Homer; father, Dominic Serge of Ladylake, Fla.; brother and sister in-law, Al and Maria Serge of Chicago; and niece, Aileen Serge of Chicago.

Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to P.O. Box 15023, Fritz Creek, AK 99603-6023.

Arrangements were made by the Homer Funeral Home.

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