Sterling resident Henri W. "Hank" Maillard III died Friday, May 28, 2004, at his home in Sterling after a long-term illness. He was 66.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A gathering will be held following the services at Bing Brown's in Sterling.
Mr. Maillard was born Feb. 16, 1938, in Nenana. He lived in the Nenana and Fairbanks areas as a child and young adult. He lived in Washington for a short time before returning to Alaska. He was a horticulturist and a press operator. He moved to the Sterling area in 1974.
Mr. Maillard enjoyed hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
"Hank was a good, strong man who taught his children to have strength and dignity. He also taught them to stand tall and fight for what they believe in," his family said. "He will be missed by all."
"Our dad was the strongest person that we've ever known. He was a true Alaskan and a good man," his children said.
Mr. Maillard was preceded in death by is son, Henri; sister, Nancy; and great-grandson, Joseph Mason.
He is survived by his soul mate, Tilda McNatt of Sterling; lifelong friend, Wanda L. Schmahl of Sterling; daughters, Heather L. Watts of Palmer and Denise M. Wolk and Kathy McNatt, both of Sterling; son, Dennis M. McKoon of Kenai; brother, Howard Maillard of North Pole; eight grandsons; three granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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