Soldotna youth Jedediah Strong Luton died Friday, May 30, 2003, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 13.
Viewing will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Soldotna Bible Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna Bible Chapel. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate.
At his request, he will be cremated following the funeral service. David Corr, Robert Luton, Josh Corr, Nathan Corr, Kyle Andree, Jeremy Thompson, Michael Eskue and Aaron Andrus will serve as pallbearers.
Jedediah was born Oct. 31, 1989, in Soldotna. He attended Soldotna Elementary through the sixth grade. He had just finished the seventh grade at Soldotna Middle School.
He was recognized by the U.S. Marine Corps as an honorary Marine. Jedediah also was a member of the Soldotna Church of God and a Royal Ranger and had received a silver and gold medal in the Special Olympics.
"Jed 'young son' will be remembered as a very brave, polite and fun-loving young man. He enjoyed building, drawing and riding his dirt bike or Oddessy. He played hard and loved well. His battle with cancer began at the age of 2, but he rarely let it slow him down. He really enjoyed to joke around. He was an inspiration to many of us and had a smile as large as the world. He touched everyone in a very special way and will be greatly missed. But, the memories are ours to keep," his family said.
Jedediah is survived by his parents, Michael and Ida Luton; brothers, David Corr and Robert Luton; sister, Natasha Luton; grandparents, Melton Volk, Connie Nickell and Cheryl Simonstead; aunts and uncles, Ruth and Mike Sweatt, Joann Luton, Kathy and Keary Holm, Iris and Kent Korzon and Tom and Nicci Lloyd; cousins, Christian and Ahran, James Bruggeman, Stephani, Hailey and Keith Holm and Erik, Mark and Keryl Korzon; and a great-uncle, Russell Hansen.
Memorial donations may be sent in Jedediah's name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3201 C Street, Suite 610, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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