Sterling resident, Mr. Earl Beauford Bolvin, 84 died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Anchorage.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at The Star Of The North Lutheran Church, 216 North Forest Drive in Kenai. Rev. Corbie Cross and George Rakos will officiate.
Mr. Bolvin was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Tacoma, Wash. He grew up with two brothers and three sisters. He attended Stadium High School, class of 1943.
"He left school and enlisted in the Navy to help defend the country that he truly loved in WWII in the South Pacific. After he served in the Navy, he accepted the Lord as his savior and became a born again Christian in 1950. From that day on he continued to witness and gives his testimony to anyone who would listen. His strong Christian Faith and beliefs were with until he went to be with the Lord in Heaven," his family said.
He first came to Alaska in 1951, calling it "God's Country, The only place to live." He worked all over the state in the fire protection industry. He moved to Anchorage in 1966 and built his home above his 4-plex. He and Moe lived there for 28 years before building their retirement home in Sterling on the Kenai River in 1995. His passion for fishing and entertaining family friends in their home on the River gave joy and pleasure to all who visited. He was the ultimate host and caregiver. Most all who visited have some story to tell that will last their lifetime and put a smile on their face. His personality of love and caring for everyone, especially young ones gave him the name of "Grandpa Earl" and "The Candy Man". He would start and finish everyday with a prayer and a smile. He never stopped singing, whistling a tune or a hymn all through the day. His sense of humor never faded. He had unconditional love. He never tired of saying "I love you" or "Jesus loves you" and he reminded others to do the same. We all shall truly miss him and thank him for being in our lives.
Mr. Bolvin was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Moe Bolvin; parents, Thomas and Norma Bolvin; brother, Jerry Bolvin; and his first wife, Ruth Olson.
He is survived by his brother, Boyd Bolvin; sisters, Pat Anderson, Darlene Allan and Dolores and her husband, Harold Mckendry; son, John Bolvin; daughters, Chris Smith and Becky Lillie; grandkids, Jason, Rachel, Jestin, Kelly, Aaron, Angie, Alex and Ruby; great-grandkids, CJ, Chloe, Derek, Kyla and Ella; and many nephews, nieces and extended family members.
Flowers or Memorial donations may be made in memory of Earl to the Star of the North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forest Drive. Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
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