Alaska Native and Kenai resident Robert James "Uncle Bob" Mamaloff died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 78.
Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Father Thomas Andrew will officiate. Burial will be in the Monfor Cemetery. There will be a celebration of his life following the burial at Tyotkas Center in Old Town Kenai.
Mr. Mamaloff was born Oct. 6, 1931 to James and Bertha (Sacaloff) Mamaloff in Kenai. When he was 10, he began set-net fishing with his step dad. He continued this until 2008 because of health reasons. He also worked as a longshoreman, as a delivery truck driver, as a processor for Libby's and as an auto mechanic for many years.
Mr. Mamaloff was the Starosta for 72 years at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. He was also an elder in the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and a shareholder in CIRI and Salamatof.
"His family was the center of his life. His time was spent with them fishing, hunting, camping, berry picking, clam digging and attending the various activities of his son and daughter. He enjoyed going to the K.I.T. Elder's Center for lunches and outings."
"Teasing friends and relatives, and playing his guitar were a favorite times for him. We'll miss the twinkle in his eyes, his chuckle and his ever present cap. If you smoke, please honor him by quitting. Remember him with love and laughter." his family said.
Mr. Mamaloff was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Manuel, Nick, Fred, John Jr., Eugene and Warren, sister, Nadia Englestead and Freda Ross, and his stepfather, John Monfor.
He is survived by his wife, Christina; son, Robert II; daughter, Darla; sisters, Edna Linderman, Virginia Trenton and Marjorie Jordan; and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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