Peter Ivor Elvsaas Sr.


Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Lifelong Seldovia resident Peter Ivor Elvsaas Sr. died Monday, June 2, 2003, of cancer at the South Peninsula General Hospital, Long Term Care in Homer. He was 72.

Funeral services were held June 5 at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Seldovia. Father Sergie Active officiated, and burial followed the services at the Seldovia Cemetery. Pallbearers included Ephim Anahonak Jr., Richard Moonin, Melvin Malchoff, Leslie Giles, Doug Giles, Scott Haller and Warren "Buck" Brown.

Mr. Elvsaas was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Seldovia to Herman and Agnes (Ponchene) Elvsaas. He attended high school in Ballard, Wash. He also lived and fished out of Kodiak for 10 years. He worked as a commercial fisherman from the age of 16 and retired due to his illness.

Mr. Elvsaas enjoyed building boats, skiffs and fishing. He was a member of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Seldovia.

"Peter was a devoted husband, father, uncle, great-grandfather and friend. He was a lifetime fisherman, which he loved whether commercial or for subsistence. His life was being out at sea, on his boats in rough or calm waters. He also was a very hard worker at whatever was his goal to accomplish. He had a lot of great fishing stories; his buddies know a lot of events, as they were also other captains or crew members. Peter will be missed and has left us all with great memories."

Mr. Elvsaas was preceded in death by his father, Herman Magnus Elvsaas; mother, Agnes Elvsaas; sister, Suzanne Keezer; and brother, Allen Elvsaas.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Lillian Elvsaas of Seldovia; daughters, Sharon Bond and Charlotte Elvsaas, both of Seldovia; sons, Peter Elvsaas Jr. of Seldovia and Melvin Elvsaas of Anchorage; granddaughter, Renee Haller of Seldovia; grandsons, Trevor and Skyler Bond, both of Seldovia; great-grandson, Timothy Haller of Seldovia; brothers, Fred Hans Elvsaas of Seldovia and Herman Elvsaas of Seattle; sisters, Loucairia Hampton of Anchorage, Inga Caffery of Seldovia and Petreena Getty of Seldovia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.

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