Jack P. LaCross


Posted: Monday, August 06, 2007



Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Jack P. LaCross died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 93.

A celebration of his life will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the LaCross Homestead.

Mr. LaCross was born Aug. 29, 1913 in Ottawa, Kan. He moved to Alaska in February 1935. He lived in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Healy, Talkeetna, Nome and Soldotna. He worked as a miner, logger and baker, and was a truck driver during World War II. His family was his life.

His daughter, Gwyneth, wrote, "My father's charm, compassion and thoughtfulness are qualities that will always be remembered."

His daughter, Keelan, wrote, "I will always admire his determination in life. He was a very kind person and loving father and he will be greatly missed."

Mr. LaCross was preceded in death by his first wife, Catherine LaCross; and stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Harold and Janet Gillam.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Megan LaCross of Soldotna; twin daughters, Keelan LaCross of Portland, Ore. and Gwyneth LaCross of New York, New York; sisters, Dorothy Morgan of Osawatomie, Kan., and Mary Hoover of Arizona; and brother, Bernard Hoover of Kansas City, Kan.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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