Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident Louis B. Shilling died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at his home in Nikiski. He was 65.
A private family service will be held, per his request.
Mr. Schilling was born Sept. 4, 1942, at home in St. John, Ind. He received his education from Dyer High School and graduated in 1960. At that time he moved to Alaska, residing in Nikiski.
He was a union carpenter for several years before starting his own company, Schilling Construction. He also owned the Texaco and Chevron stations, Uptown Restaurant, Duck Inn, Upper Deck and Back Door Lounge. He retired in 1999.
Mr. Schilling was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church. He had received the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Log Cabin award twice for his service to the community. He also was involved in numerous other sponsorships.
"Louie was a person who never met a stranger. He loved his family and was a loyal friend. We are thankful and blessed that he was a part of our lives. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his sons and grandson, Sam," his family said.
Mr. Schilling was preceded in death by his father, Louis W. Schilling; twin brothers, Tim and Tom Schilling; and nephew, Kyle Gagnon.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Therese "Terrie" Schilling of Nikiski; daughter, Claire Schilling of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Shannon Schilling and Michael and Jenny Schilling of Nikiski; grandchildren, Adam, Sam, Michael, Alyssa and Kimberly of Nikiski; mother, Estelle Schilling of Indiana; brothers and sisters, Frances Vermillion of Merrillville, Ind., John Schilling of St. John, Robert Schilling of Carson City, Nev., Richard and Gene Schilling of St. John, Mike Schilling of Dyer, Ind., Peggy Bielski of St. John, Therese Crook of Dyer, and Ted Schilling of St. John; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Kivi and her husband, Ken, and Lucille Wilson and her husband, Don, of Nikiski and Connie Kjelstad and her husband, Martin, of Washington; and a brother-in-law, Bob Gagnon of Kenai.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (M.A.R.F.), P.O. Box 91840, Santa Barbara, CA 93190-1840.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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