Kenai resident James Wood Eddens died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a lengthy illness. He was 59.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Sister Joyce Ross will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage.
Mr. Eddens was born Oct. 14, 1942, in Hollywood, Calif. He began his military career with the National Guard and served for 28 years before retiring in 1991 as a 1st Sgt.
Mr. Eddens moved to Anchorage in 1957 and then to Kenai in 1996.
After he retired from the Alaska Army National Guard, he co-owned the Pet Boutique and then worked for the Oaken Keg.
Mr. Eddens was a member of Demolay and enjoyed drag racing, bowling and was a collector of dye cast cars. He also had received the Alaska Distinguished Service Medal.
"He will be remembered as a loving and giving father. He was also a devoted husband and best friend," his family said.
Mr. Eddens is survived by his wife of 25 years, Terri Eddens; children, Mary P. Moore and husband, Brad, C. Paul Kolasinski and wife, Sara, James W. Eddens and wife, Andrea, Dianna D. Eddens and Dena Reed; seven grandchildren; and brother, Michael W. Eddens and his family.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Eddens Family, 1707 Shamrock Circle, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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