Fred J. Mamaloff


Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2006


  Fred J. Mamaloff

Fred J. Mamaloff

Lifelong Kenai resident and Alaska Native Fred J. Mamaloff died Friday, June 30, 2006, in Anchorage after a long illness. He was 79.

A viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will follow the viewing at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastors Steven Myers and Bob Tornquist will officiate. Burial will follow the funeral at the Monfor Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held Aug. 19 in Anchorage.

Mr. Mamaloff was born Oct. 30, 1926, in Kenai, where he grew up. He attended Kenai Territorial School, Alberta Bible Institute, Eastern Montana State College, Warner Pacific College and Denver University.

On Sept. 7, 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II with the 10th Rescue Squad. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 27, 1946.

Mr. Mamaloff worked for Libby, McNeil and Libby from 1941 until 1957. He was ordained as a minister in 1959, worked for the Kodiak City Dock and the Alaska Railroad. In 1970, he began his work as a mission speaker. In 1979, he began as a pastor with Native Ministry in Anchorage. Previous to this, he served as a pastor in Kodiak, Juneau and Fairbanks and in Eureka and Crow Agency, Mont. He served as a missionary to Alaska Natives for the Board of Church Extension Home Missions of the Church of God, and the Church of God Native Ministry. He was active with the First Church of God, Church of God Native Ministry, American Indian Council and Native New Life Fellowship.

He enjoyed singing and playing guitar, fishing, hunting, camping, reading, interacting with people, teaching and preaching. He taught others to hunt and survive in the outdoors. He also took special interest in the preservation of the Dena’ina language.

“Music also was a great part of his life since he was young. He loved to encourage others and listen to their concerns. He had a heart for people and always wanted to learn new and different things. He could remember people for years and later respond with their names and often where they first met. He could talk with anyone he met and was an advocate for Alaska Native people in what was just or right. He was a true servant leader.

“Children and youth were attracted to him; he could quiet a crying baby or child. He helped many young people look at life differently. Grandpa did many fun things with us and had a great sense of humor.”

Mr. Mamaloff was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Manuel, Nick, Warren, John and Eugene Monfor; and sisters, Nadia Engelstad and Freda Ross.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Dennis Takes Horse of Eagle River; grandsons, Travis and Caleb Takes Horse of Eagle River; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Christina Mamaloff of Kenai; sisters, Edna Linderman, Virginia Trenton and Marjorie Jordan and her husband, Ernie, all of Kenai; sisters-in-law, Chris Monfor of Portland, Ore., and Mille Russell of the Lower 48; brothers-in-law, Alexander Ross of Kenai and Edwin Englestad of Anchorage; aunt, Fiocla Wilson of Kenai; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to Camp Challenge Scholarship Fund, 4317 MacInnes, Anchorage, AK 99508; Alzheimer’s of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507; or Denali Hospice, 3935 Reka Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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