Longtime Alaska resident Gordon Sledge died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at his home in Kenai of leukemia with his wife, Wiona, and son, Joe, by his side. He was 75.
At his request, no services will be held.
Mr. Sledge was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Oakland, Calif. He spent time in Santa Cruz, Calif., as a child. He grew up in Eureka, Ore., where he worked in a bakery and then in the forest industry for a logging company. He met his wife in San Francisco, where he joined the union for the ceramic tile trade, which he was in for 30 years.
They moved to Anchorage in 1971. Mr. Sledge retired in 1986 from his company, the North State Tile Co. Mr. Sledge taught both of his sons the tile trade, and they currently continue to work in the industry.
Mr. Sledge loved bluegrass music and playing the banjo and guitar. He also enjoyed working in his yard and fishing on the Kenai. He had many friends.
Mr. Sledge was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Burnett; brother, Lou Sledge; and sister-in-law, Marlene Sledge.
He is survived by his wife, Wiona Sledge of Kenai; daughter, Brenda Jobe and her husband, Larry, of Daly City, Calif.; sons, Steve Sledge and his wife, Clarissa, of Vinton, Calif., and Joe Sledge and his wife, Ramona, of Castro Valley, Calif.; son-in-law, Darryl Burnett of Wilton, Calif.; sisters, Barbara DeLay of Cottage Grove, Ore., and Patty Nash of Junction City, Ore.; nephew, Phil Sledge of Kenai; and grandchildren, Cheryl Nobile of Wilton and Christopher, Derek, Jessie and Alysia Sledge of Vinton, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gordon Sledge's name to the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, 361 Senior Court, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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