Longtime Kasilof resident Sheldon T. Cheeks died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, from injuries sustained in a four-wheeler accident in Kasilof. He was 45.
Memorial services will be held at the Kasilof Community Church at a later date. Mr. Cheeks' ashes will be scattered in Cook Inlet.
Mr. Cheeks was born June 16, 1959, in Washington. In 1968, he and his family moved to Alaska, where he was raised in Kasilof and Nikiski and graduated from Kenai High School. He spent the last 36 years on the Kenai Peninsula doing construction work and as a commercial fisher.
He enjoyed crab fishing in the Bering Sea, fishing, hunting, snowmachining, outdoor sports, working on vehicles and being with his family. He was a member of the Kasilof Community Church.
"Sheldon put his life on the line many times for the thrill of crabbing and fishing in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Sheldon put pride into his family and loved us all. He was a very caring, strong-minded and strong-willed individual. He was turning his life around and handing it over to God," his family said.
"All of my life experiences with my dad taught me a thing or two. Even if they were easy or hard, the lessons were learned. Everything that we did together made me into the person I am today. I love that person which he helped create, and I thank him for that. I love you, Dad," his daughter, Adonna Cheeks, said.
Mr. Cheeks was preceded in death by his father, Austin Cheeks.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Georgene Cheeks of Longmont, Colo.; daughters, Adonna Cheeks of Nikiski and Gennie and Meranda Cheeks, both of Longmont, Colo.; son, Sheldon Cheeks of Longmont; mother, Virginia Morgan of Rice, Wash.; sisters, Vickie Blake of Kasilof and Renea Cheeks of Oregon; and brother, Derek Cheeks of Washington.
Flowers and condolences may be sent to the family, Georgene Cheeks, 605 Emery St., Longmont, CO 80501 or to Adonna Cheeks, 53280 Bell Ave., Nikiski, AK 99635.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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