Former Kenai resident Gene Hunter Smagge died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in Klamath Falls, Ore., after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.
Services were held Sunday at Eternal Falls Funeral Home in Klamath Falls.
Mr. Smagge was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Kenai and worked for British Petroleum until his retirement in 1998. During his career, he was chosen to open the valve that allowed the first barrel of oil to travel down the trans-Alaska pipeline.
His hobbies and interests included hunting and fishing. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling to different casinos throughout the West.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Hunter; mother, Rica Murphy; brothers, George Hunter and Ralph Hunter; and sister, Laura Jean Carpenter.
Mr. Smagge is survived by his wife, Edna Smagge of Klamath Falls; children and their spouses, Todd and Denise Smagge of Kenai, Lorne and Diana Smagge of Soldotna, James Smagge of Kenai, and Suzanne and Paul Jackson of Nikiski; the mother of his children, Rita Smagge of Kenai; sisters, Virginia Hunter of Kenai, Mary Ellen Perrizo of Kenai, Hazel Joyce Felton of Anchorage; 10 grandchildren and many friends and relatives.
Arrangements were made by Eternal Hills Funeral Home.
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