Alaskan pioneer and longtime Kenai Peninsula resident Mike Kobylk, 94, died peacefully Aug. 10, 2010, at Heritage Place, in the arms of his wife, Peachie.
At his request, no formal services are planned.
Mr. Kobylk was born Nov. 25, 1915, in Seattle, where he attended school and was a star football and baseball player. As a young boy, he remembered shagging newspapers at Seattle's first stoplight. Later, he developed and operated Koby's Fish and Chips in Leishi Park on Lake Washington.
"Mr. Kobylk was proud of his service during World War II, serving under Patton in the European Theatre," his family said.
He also served as a Merchant Marine. He was a lifetime member of Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo #9 of Seward and VFW Post 10046 in Soldotna, and was also an American Legion member.
"He came to Fairbanks at the urging of a high school friend and thus began his lifelong love of Alaska. While in Fairbanks, he owned and operated the Nevada Bar and the Ranch Nightclub, where he met Peachie. They married in 1952, and raised their daughter, Micki, in Fairbanks. They later moved to Soldotna. Mike managed the Peninsula branch of K&L Distributors until his retirement in 1977," his family said. " He and his wife spent many happy years living in their Kenai Keys log home, where they were famous for their hospitality, smoked salmon and great clam feeds. Mike had many interests, but most of all he enjoyed nature and the beauty of the Kenai River. He loved digging clams or grayling fishing at Tangle Lakes. His greatest legacy was his wonderful smile and razor-quick wit, which remained with him to the end. Mike was a true Alaskan character and he will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched in so many ways. Those of us who loved him carry a piece of Mike's personality, and we are better people for having known him."
Mr. Kobylk was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; and daughter, Micki.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years of Soldotna.
The family suggests that memorial donations be sent to Heritage Place.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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