Longtime Soldotna resident Michael Eugene Kardatzke died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 55.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. today, June 18, at The Kenai Fellowship Church, Mile 8.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Pastor Rick Cupp will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the VFW Post No. 10046 of Soldotna and the American Legion Post No. 20 of Kenai.
Mr. Kardatzke was born June 24, 1953, to Eugene and Mildred in Portland, Ore. He entered the Marines in 1971. He served in active duty for four years until he was honorably discharged. In 1982 he moved to Soldotna. He owned Aviation Insurance of Alaska and he and his wife, Marcia, retired in 2006. Mr. Kardatzke was a member of the Kenai Fellowship Church. He enjoyed flying, sailing and all outdoor sports.
"Mike retired from his business in 2006 and enjoyed his last few years teaching his grandchildren how to fish and sail. He also taught his son Joel how to run the boat the Waterdog. He was loved by all and will be missed," his family said.
Mr. Kardatzke was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years of Soldotna; stepsons, Jason Overway of Anchorage and Joel Overway of Soldotna; grandchildren, Jacob of Anchorage, Alley of Soldotna and Kelsielyn of Soldotna; mother, Millie Hartpence and her husband, Mike, of San Dimas, Calif.; sister, Sue Sanders and her husband, Scott, of Nipoma, Calif.; and brother, Steve Kardatzke and his wife, Deborah, of Marysville, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made in memory of Michael to the Golden Retriever Rescue of Fairbanks, P.O. Box 73546 Fairbanks, AK 99707.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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