Longtime Ninilchik resident Ronald Arthur Roderick died, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 51.
Graveside services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Anchor Point Cemetery, with Pastor Dave Edwards with the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church officiating. A potluck will follow at the Roderick residence at Mile 140.5 of the Sterling Highway in Ninilchik.
Mr. Roderick was born Oct. 19, 1953, in Waterville, Maine. He attended Ninilchik High School and graduated from Andrew Hill High School in San Jose, Calif. Over the years, he lived in Soldotna, Homer as well as everywhere in between. He worked many different jobs, including dirt work, fishing, for oil companies and construction, but he was disabled for the last 17 years.
Mr. Roderick was baptized Catholic, but nature was his church. He loved to fish, hunt and run dogs.
“Ron loved everything about Alaska. He loved the freedom and quality of life here. He had many friends and was always offering a helping hand to others. Ron saved many lives with his quick reactions. He loved his family very much and taught them all about surviving in the state. He loved the Lord and he loved life to the fullest. He was a great man,” his family said.
Mr. Roderick was preceded in death by his father, Wilfred Roderick; mother, Lucille Coatney; and brother, James Roderick.
He is survived by his life partner, Debra Loggins of Ninilchik; sons, Lucas Loggins of Kenai and Daniel Roderick of Ninilchik; daughter, Jessica Roderick of Las Cruses, N.M.; stepsons, Jason O’Connor of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and Kevin O’Connor of Fort Hood, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Carolyn Roderick of Anchor Point; brother, John Roderick of Soldotna; daughters-in-law, Jessica Taylor of Kenai and Lisa Tinnin of Desert Hot Springs; granddaughters, Amber O’Connor and Hailyn O’Connor; god-daughter, Autumn Dabney of Anchorage; stepdaughters, Teenah Floyd of Ninilchik and Elizabeth Chavira of Anchorage; nephew, Jeremy Pelletier of Ninilchik; and many nieces and nephews throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Roderick’s memory to the Roderick Family, P.O. Box 39325, Ninilchik, AK 99639.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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