Longtime Alaskan and Kasilof resident Nikolai A. Cekin died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Archpriest Marcarius Targonsky will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.
Pallbearers will be Hal Becker, Tony Miller, Thomas Miller, Miro Gorenc, Mark Gorenc and Matthew Gorenc.
Mr. Cekin was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Kragujevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. He graduated from high school and received two years of technical training. He also served in the Yugoslavian military.
He lived in Denver and moved to Alaska in 1973, where he owned the Cek-In-Ark Restaurant Bar and Motel. He was a member of the Orthodox faith.
“Nikolai loved animals and the outdoors. He was an accomplished hunter, clam digger, fisherman and cook. He also enjoyed gardening and took great pride in the tomato trees in his greenhouse. He enjoyed life and his friends. Mostly he enjoyed his family and was never afraid to say ‘I love you.’ His memory will be cherished forever,” his family said.
Mr. Cekin was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda; sister, Milena; and brother, George.
He is survived by his nieces, Tamara Gorenc and her husband, Miro, and their children, Tanja, Mark and Matthew, all of Colorado, and Danijela Starovich and her husband, Alexander, and their daughter, Marina, all of Serbia.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made in his name to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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