Albert E. Baktuit
Alaska Native Albert E. Baktuit died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 68.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Viewing will be from noon until service time at the funeral home. Father Thomas Andrew will officiate. Burial will follow the services at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20. A gathering at Fort Kenay will follow the burial.
Mr. Baktuit was born Jan. 16, 1936, in Kenai, where he grew up and received his education. On Dec. 15, 1956, he entered the U.S. Army, serving his country as a paratrooper until his honorable discharge on Nov. 6, 1959. He returned to Kenai and worked as a commercial fisher, welder and pile driver.
Mr. Baktuit was a member of the Moose Family Center, AmVets, Eagles, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Kenai Native Association, CIRI and the Russian Orthodox Church. He also was active in the Kenaitze Interpretive Site and told many stories of life in the old days.
Mr. Baktuit enjoyed listening to music, reading, bowling and playing pool. He also enjoyed painting, drawing and artwork.
"Albert was a polite and honest person who kept to himself a lot. He was loved by all who knew him, and he will be deeply missed," his family said.
Mr. Baktuit was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
He is survived by his daughter, Shawn Baktuit of Minnesota; grandchildren, Lanae, Sadie and Michael; brother, Gordon Baktuit of Kenai; sisters, Evelyn Boulett of New Hampshire and Carol Dolan of Kenai; and his friend and caregiver, Sonya Astad.
Memorial donations may be sent to Frontier Community Services, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 36, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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