Longtime Sterling resident Warren "Russ" Bahl died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at his home in Sterling. He was 60.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ, 36195 Murray Lane in Soldotna. Pastor Buck Martin will officiate. Burial will be at the Bahl residence in Sterling. Pallbearers will include Dennis Spindler, Jody William Bahl and John, Ron, Ed and Jason Larson.
Mr. Bahl was born April 10, 1944, in Michigan, where he was raised and graduated from high school. He moved to Alaska in the early 1970s, where he lived in the Talkeetna Bush area. Russ then moved to Sterling in 1978 and worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District as the swimming pool custodian at Soldotna High School until he retired in April of 1999.
He was a member of the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ in Soldotna. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, camping, reading, gardening and spending time with his family.
"Russ was a devoted and loving husband and father whose family was the center of his life. He was a hardworking and loyal employee at Soldotna High School for many years. With his unique sense of humor, he brought smiles to all he came in contact with," his family said. "In Russ' later years, Russ acquired many illnesses and determined within himself to live for his family. He found much joy and companionship in his adoring pets, as well as direction and comfort in his Christian walk. With much love he will be greatly missed."
Mr. Bahl was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Bahl.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Bahl of Sterling; son and daughter-in-law, Jody William and Emily Bahl of Fresno, Calif.; daughters, Christinea and Danielle Bahl, both of Sterling; and numerous relatives and friends in Alaska, Minnesota and other parts of the Lower 48.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bahl family for the Bahl children's educational fund, P.O. Box 484, Sterling, AK 99672.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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