Jack Robert Smodey
Former peninsula resident Jack Robert Smodey died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, in his sleep while camping in his R.V. in Soldotna. He was 73.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Hilltop Ski Chalet, 7014 Abbott Rd. in Anchorage. Friends and family are asked to join the family celebrating “Gramps’” life and bring stories and pictures to share. His ashes will be scattered on the Kenai River.
Mr. Smodey was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Huntington, Utah. He graduated from North Emery High school in 1951. After graduation, he joined the Navy and was stationed at Fort Greely in Kodiak.
In 1969 he returned to Alaska to work as Chief Underwriter for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Administration,
He was then appointed the director at the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs and worked as a contractor with his company called Development Strategies Inc., where he built the Robert Rudd Center in Anchorage and the Ninilchik Elderly Housing Project.
“He loved fishing, hunting, boats and reading. He was a member of the Kenai Moose Lodge, where he enjoyed the comradeship, card games and home-cooked soups. He loved spending time on the Kenai River fishing and swapping tales. He liked to share recipes for smoking and canning salmon and clams. He was also a big fan of the San Francisco 49ers and would sharpen his knives for next years fishing season while watching the games. His family and friends were very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with them. His friends and kids called him “Gramps,”’ his family said.
He was supportive of the Soldotna Historical Society and Museum and enjoyed the history they preserve.
Mr. Smodey was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Smodey, on March 18, 1977.
He is survived by his sisters Ana Helen Rich of Lander Wyo. and Evelyne Smodey of N. Lauderdale Fla.; daughter, Kit Greene; sons, Jack R. Smodey III and his wife, Nicole Harper of Wasilla, Jeff F. Smodey and his wife, Rebecca Smodey of Anchorage, and Jon Smodey and his wife, Lek Smodey of Anchorage; and grandchildren Jack R. Smodey IV, Tiffany Smodey and Kasey Harper, all of Wasilla and Amanda, Amber and Zackary Smodey, of Anchorage.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be sent to The Soldotna Historical Society and Museum Inc., P.O. Box 1986, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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