Nikiski resident Jonathan Zundel died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, in Groton, Conn. He was 18.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, at the Church of the Nazarene at Mile 18 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Pastor Paul Hartley will officiate. Burial will be private. Pallbearers will be Robin Zindel, Jacob Zindel, Bert Lundy, Pete Becker, Curtis Kirk and U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Scott Hunt. A reception will follow the burial at the church.
Mr. Zundel was born May 29, 1983, in Lebanon, Ore. He moved with his family to Nikiski in 1990. He attended North Star Elementary, Nikiski Middle-Senior High School and naval training in Groton. He was serving with the U.S. Navy at the time of his death.
Mr. Zundel was a member of the Boy Scouts, Explorers, and Nikiski Middle-Senior High School wrestling team. He also was at Cub Scout day camp and worked for ALPAR. He enjoyed fishing, camping, archery, the board game War Hammer, music and computers.
"Jonathan loved living in Alaska. He enjoyed fishing, camping, riding his four-wheeler and anything dealing with the outdoors. He also loved music and chatting online. He had many online friends. "He was a very thoughtful friend and son. He did not have a lot of personal friends, but the ones he had he was very loyal to," his family said.
"Jonathan had a very large heart and wanted to please everyone. He was a very deep thinker. He loved to debate issues, especially with his teachers and dad.
"Jonathan made the choice to join the Navy after he graduated in his junior year of high school. He was truly proud to be in the Navy. He was proud of all the accomplishments he had made. He brought a lot of joy and love to all of us. We will truly miss his presence, but he will always be with us."
Mr. Zundel was preceded in death by his grandfather, Allen Duncan.
He is survived by his parents, Glen and Pat Zundel of Nikiski; brother, Jacob Zundel of Nikiski; grandparents Cledith Duncan of Oregon and Earl and Ana Mae Zundel of California; aunts Jean, Dovina, Louise, Coralee, Marie and Julia; and uncles Curtis, Lonnie, Duncan, Melvin, Jim, Art and Troy.
Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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