Gary L. Effenbeck

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010

Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Gary L. Effenbeck, 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at his home in Soldotna.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate.

Mr. Effenbeck was born Aug. 4, 1936 in North Platte, Neb. He graduated from North Platte High School and also attended 1 year of college working towards an engineering degree.

Mr. Effenbeck moved to Alaska in 1968 and lived on the Kenai Peninsula for 40 years. He worked for Green Construction, P.K.S., Jackson and Garland Construction and Foster's Construction. He was the project manager on the Soldotna City Council in the 1970s and received several awards managing construction.

He was an active golfer, loved to play cribbage, cards and games. He also loved hunting and fishing, doing yard work and tinkering in the garage. In the evenings he loved to relax with a book.

"He was the most loving and kind father, husband and son. We will miss him dearly and hold his memories close in our hearts. He touched so many people's lives and will live on in us all." His family said.

Mr. Effenbeck was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Kay. He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Gary S. and Sandy Effenbeck, and Dennis Effenbeck all of Soldotna; daughters and son-in-law, Trudy Ortiz, of Arizona; and Sherry and Jerry Johnson, of North Carolina; stepsons, John Asp, of Washington; Howard Woodford and wife, Shannon, Tom Woodford, all of Soldotna; and Rick Woodford, of Utah; grandchildren, Victor and Gina Ortiz, Jerred and Kelsey Effenbeck, Dustin Effenbeck, Christopher Dial, Kylee, Dustin, Jessica and Garrett Woodford; and six great-grandchildren.

Rather than flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or the National Family Caregivers Support Program, 44539 Sterling Hwy., Ste. 209, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel of Kenai.

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