Longtime Kenai resident John Robert Ace Sr. died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at Providence Wesley Care Center in Seward. He was 88.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Pastor Roy Moore will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11 to 1 p.m. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post No. 10046 and the American Legion Post No. 20. Mr. Ace's ashes will be laid to rest next to his wife, Margaret "Tiny" Ace at the Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia, Pa.
Mr. Ace was born Feb. 28, 1919, to Hays and Katherine (Lowers) Ace in Petrolia. He joined the U.S. Army at Fort Lee, Va., and served during World War II until he was honorably discharged Jan. 7, 1946. He worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, ARMCO Steel Mill Construction, Castle Rubber Co. and was a service mechanic all near his hometown of Chicora, Pa. He moved to Kenai in July 1983. Mr. Ace attended Mt. Redoubt Baptist Church and the Kenai Church of God. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and story telling.
"John 'Pop Pop' will be remembered for his friendly mild nature towards one and all. His sacrificing of his time for his family always came first. He had a special love for trout fishing and silver salmon fishing on the Kenai lakes and streams. He would always be seen with "Tiny" at the favorite spot at Cunningham Park on the Kenai River in the early fall. His love and generosity will be missed by one and all. He was a proud veteran of World War II," his family said.
Mr. Ace was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Ace; parents, Hays and Katherine Ace; brothers, Roy, Albert, Richard and Clydee; sisters, Myrtle, Gertrude, Bertha, Mable, Marie, Gladys and Dorthy.
He is survived by his son, John Ace, Jr. of Palmer; daughter, Kitty Thompson of Kenai; grandsons, Mathew Ace of Valdez, Andrew Ace of Big Lake, Aaron and Bryce Thompson of Anchorage and Brad Thompson of Kenai; granddaughters, Jene' Hodges and Angie Marden of Palmer, Robin Newland of Wasilla, Sue Aquipel of San Mateo, Calif., Connie Zanazzo of Fairbanks and Viorica Thompson of Kenai; brothers, Lenord Ace of Chicora and Charles Ace of Bruin, Pa.; sister, Jean Scott of Petrolia; 27 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Heritage Place, Attn: Resident Council, 232 Rockwell Ave. Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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