Gregory A. Rozak
Longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Gregory A. Rozak died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with family members by his side. He was 57.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale Ave. in Soldotna. Pastor Paul Kupferschmid will officiate. Private graveside services will be held at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.
Mr. Rozak was born April 18, 1949, in Chetek, Wis., to Ted and Ruth Rozak. He attended elementary school in Anchor Point and graduated from Homer High School in 1967. He was one of Homer’s first wrestlers, who was known for his exciting style, was a state champion and received a full scholarship to wrestle at the university level.
Mr. Rozak later coached wrestling at Kenai Central High School and with other junior programs, as well as refereed matches. He became a familiar sight at wrestling matches and was a lifelong supporter and fan of the sport.
Mr. Rozak attended Colorado School of Mines and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University in 1972. While at Colorado State, he met his wife, Darlene, while at a square dance club, and they were married in 1973 and together settled and raised a family in Kasilof. Mr. Rozak worked a commercial fishing site near Ninilchik most of his life. He started Rozak Excavating in 1975. He was always creative, enjoyed challenges and became known as “The Problem Solver.” Mr. Rozak designed and built fiberglass boats with his dad. He also designed and patented a new type of septic tank for northern climates.
He was a longtime member of the Kasilof Community Church and a board member of Solid Rock Bible Camp.
“Greg loved his family and his Lord, Jesus Christ. His strong faith enabled him to deal with more than three years of liver cancer and provided inspiration to many others. He was always willing to listen, help and give advice. He loved spending time at his beach site with his family,” his family said.
“He loved his work and the people he worked with.”
Mr. Rozak was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Darlene Rozak of Kasilof; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sarah Rozak; daughter, Jhene Rozak; son, Daniel Rozak; father, Ted Rozak of Homer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron and Marie Rozak of Kenai and David and Jeanne Rozak of Citrus Heights, Calif.; brother, Larry Rozak of Homer; sisters and brothers-in-law, Suzanne and Larry Pardee of Las Vegas and Debbie and Charlie Rehder of Homer; granddaughter, Tatum Rozak; stepgrandchildren, Andrew and Taylor Carver and Austin Osborn; nieces and nephews, Michael Rozak, Cole, Dara and Wyatt Rehder, Kelly, Lindsay and Kyle Pardee and Benjamin, James and Andrew Rozak.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in Mr. Rozak’s memory to the Solid Rock Bible Camp, P.O. Box 489, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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