Soldotna resident George Paul Sterbenz died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 60.
Military services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery, where Mr. Sterbenz will be buried.
Mr. Sterbenz was born June 16, 1943, in Fox River Grove, Ill. He graduated from Antioch Community High School then went on to join the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 4, 1962. He served in Vietnam, then moved to Alaska in 1974. While still in the Air Force, he owned a hunting and fishing guide service. He retired from the Air Force on Jan. 31, 1982, then began working for an Anchorage cable company. He opened his own electronic equipment and repair service, CATV Equipment and Repair Services.
He was actively involved in the American Legion for 35 years. He was the Muldoon Post No. 29 commander four times. He also held many other positions and was active with post activities. He became the Department Commander of Alaska (1993-94) after serving in the Western District.
"George made a friend in every person he met. He enjoyed spending time at 'the river' in his new retirement home and loved having his family come down to stay, especially his grandchildren," his family said. "He enjoyed telling hunting and fishing stories around the campfire and was a 'master' at smoking salmon. He also was famous for his fabulous chicken-fried rice, which his family requested he make often.
"Although his presence will be sorely missed, knowing he is in a much better place with his wife by his side provides peace and comfort to his family."
Mr. Sterbenz was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Jerie L. Sterbenz, and his father, George E. Sterbenz.
He is survived his mother, Patricia Sterbenz-Daniel of Clearwater, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Chip and Nina Sterbenz of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and John Conn of Anchorage; grandchildren, George (J.R.) Sterbenz, Leon Sterbenz and Jessica Conn, all of Anchorage; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeffrey and Linda Sterbenz of Palmer, Michael and Janice Sterbenz of Lake Geneva, Wis., and Christopher and Jolanta Sterbenz of Oakton, Va.; nieces and nephews, Eric Sterbenz, Jake Sterbenz, Melissa Sterbenz, Jaime Sterbenz, Matthew Sterbenz, Brooke Sterbenz, Christopher Sterbenz Jr., Anna Sterbenz, Erin Burke, Matt Krall, Jenny Krall and Sandy and Ken Branch; mother-in-law, Francis Burke of Washington; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Michael and Nancy Burke of Anchorage, Brad and Margaret Krall of Texas, Carol Burke of Washington and Charlene Burke of Washington.
Arrangements were made by the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
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