Erik Norman Hales
Lifelong Kenai resident Erik Norman Hales died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, in Kenai. He was 26.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Hales was born Nov. 13, 1980, in Soldotna and raised in Kenai. He graduated from the Kenai Central High School in 1999. He attended two semesters of college at the University of Alaska Anchorage and one semester at Kenai Peninsula College. In March 2006, he moved to Cordova, where he was employed as a fish technician in Prince William Sound until October 2006, when he returned to Kenai. He most recently was employed as a fish and wildlife technician II for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kenai.
"Erik loved the outdoors, spending time with family and friends. He was an avid sportsman; he loved hiking, fishing and camping. Erik had canoed the Swanson River many times and loved exploring the canoe trails of the Swanson River basin. He loved the picturesque beauty of the Prince William Sound and spent many happy hours there boating and fishing," his family said.
"Erik enjoyed music, poetry and was an amateur musician and songwriter. He played guitar and piano and sometimes performed at Veronica's Old Town Caf in Kenai. Erik had a green thumb he inherited from his mother and enjoyed helping things grow. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family, especially playing with his 2 1/2-year-old nephew, Blade Bush Jr. Erik will be greatly missed."
Mr. Hales was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Hales; and grandmother, Sarah Taiclet.
He is survived by his father, David Hales of Kenai; brothers, Ryan Hales and Bill Bliss III, of Kenai; sisters, Sarah Bush of Kenai and Brenda Jackson of Mesa, Ariz.; grandmother, Ruby DePriest of Minot, N.D.; uncles and aunts, Dean and Debbie Bird of Kenai, Duane and Jonna DePriest of Minot and Wes DePriest of Minot.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mr. Hales' memory to Greenpeace, 75 Arkansas St., San Francisco, CA 94107.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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