Longtime Sterling resident Rip Skuse died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 57.
A celebration of Mr. Skuse's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Upper Skilak Campground, Loop A, Site 12. In keeping with his love of the outdoors, Mr. Skuse's family asks that you dress informally, in order to be comfortable for the outdoor setting. A pot-luck reception will immediately follow at Sterling Senior Center. Covered dishes may be left at the center on the way to Skilak Lake.
Mr. Skuse was born Nov. 30, 1947, in Grosse Point, Mich., and raised in Los Gatos, Calif. An avid hunter and fisherman, he ventured to Alaska in 1965, where he enjoyed the outdoors year-round.
He worked in the oil field industry from the late 1960s through the '80s, retiring in Sterling, where he became a master craftsman and artist. He utilized his talents to build homes, where he incorporated many unbelievable artistic touches.
"Most importantly, Rip was an extraordinary grandfather. He spent many hours with his grandchildren, teaching them about the incredible world around them, passing on his love for the outdoors and his passion for hard work," his family said.
"Rip was loved by his family and friends, who will miss him greatly."
Mr. Skuse is survived by his wife, Lynda Brazier-Skuse of Sterling; brother, Bob Skuse, of Los Gatos; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanne and Ken Mackie of Fairfield, Calif., and Sherry and Rich McGuffin, of Minden, Nev.; sons, Brent Skuse of Attalla, Ala., Trevor Skuse of Virginia Beach, Va., and their mother, Sue Cippa of Virginia Beach; Brent's wife, Janey, and children, Robert and Samantha Skuse, and Trevor's wife, Evelyn, and their expected first child; stepchildren, Stephen Brazier of Mount Vernon, Texas, and Tracey Withrow of Soldotna; Stephen's wife, Elise, and daughters, Sydney and Cheyenne Brazier and Christine Crawford; and Tracey's husband, Bill, and children, Evan and Keeley Withrow.
Cards and condolences may be sent to Lynda and family at P.O. Box 422, Sterling, AK 99672.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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