David 'Curly' Lawrence Wynkoop

Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Soldotna resident David "Curly" Lawrence Wynkoop died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of a stroke. He was 88.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 next to Alyeska Tire on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna.

Mr. Wynkoop was born Aug. 3, 1920, in Hill City, Minn., to Arthur and Darling Wynkoop. He graduated from Hill City High School in 1938.

"His high school sweetheart, Helen Maki, was a 'seagull' and followed him to his Navy port in San Diego, where they were married in 1943," his family said.

The couple lived in northern Minnesota for 52 years and raised three girls. He was a member of the Masons in Grand Rapids, Mich., Masonic Lodge No. 208 and Sterling Masonic Lodge No. 22 for a total of 62 years. He also was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion.

"After retirement from the state of Minnesota Forestry, they moved 'North to Alaska' in 1972, where he was instrumental in developing State Forestry in Soldotna. In 1982, he then retired from the state of Alaska Division of Forestry," his family said. "He and his wife spent their time hunting, fishing and crabbing. They enjoyed their time entertaining family and out-of-state guests. He was a wonderful cook and you never knew what kind of mystery meat Curly would cook up for you. He thoroughly enjoyed his weekly visits from the 'girls' who came from the hall. His family and friends will miss his gourmet cooking, sense of humor, as well as his hunting and fishing tales. His kindness and generosity has affected many."

Mr. Wynkoop was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years; brother, Leonard; and sister, Gertrude Averil.

He is survived by his sister, Charlotte Kivela of Arizona; daughters, Donna Wobbema and her husband, Joe, of Minnisota, Linda Barclay and her husband, Greg, of Sterling, and Patsy Holsman and her husband, John, of Anchorage; grandchildren, Wendy and Jason Gordon of Oregon, Mike and Sarah Vosen of Kansas, David and Bobbie Holsman of Anchorage, Paul and Laurie Holsman of Texas, Jamie and Brian Lane of Washington, Andy and Holly Barclay of Anchorage, Traci and Robert Gonzalez of Kenai, and Laci Barclay of Anchorage; and great-grandchildren, Bryce, Katie, Tim, Matt, Camilla, Kassidy, Jacqueline, Elizabeth, Zoey and Kyron.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Sterling Masonic Lodge No. 22, P.O. Box 32, Sterling, AK 99672.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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