Kenai resident Emery Vincent Showalter died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at his home. He was 68.
A celebration of Mr. Show-alter's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Kenay.
Mr. Showalter was born Dec. 11, 1933. He served in the Army at Fort Richardson and received an honorable discharge.
He worked as a beach gang boss and pile driver foreman for Wards Cove Packing for 25 years until his retirement in 1996.
He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Mr. Showalter was on the Kenai Volunteer Fire Depart-ment. He also was active in the original formation of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and served on the board of directors for Salamatof Native Association for many years.
"He loved to moose hunt and to fish. He was proud of his Native heritage and took an active interest in Native events. He loved to visit friends and to talk about 'old Kenai.' He was highly respected for his knowledge of Cook Inlet and the Kenai River. He also enjoyed planting flowers, gardening and nature," his family said.
"Emery had a special place in his heart for his eight grandchildren, whom he loved dearly."
He is survived by his wife, Veja; sisters, Adeline Chaffin and Hilma Bocatch; brothers, Bobby Showalter and James Showalter; children, Vince, Zack, Ruby and Emmie; grandchildren, Tauna, Sarah, Raymond, Amanda, Annie, Katherine, Billy and Nichelle; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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