Thomas R. Faulkner


Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2004



Longtime Soldotna resident Thomas R. Faulkner died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at his home. He was 84.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Brian Getz and Helen Aarestad will officiate. A gathering will be held immediately following the services. Mr. Faulkner's ashes will be scattered at Poachers Cove in the Kenai River at a later date.

Mr. Faulkner was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Rogers Mesa, near Crawford, Colo., where he was raised on a ranch until the age of 17. He moved around and attended schools in Pablo and Ronan, Mont., and graduated from high school in Cut Bank, Mont.

He worked as a truck driver in the oil fields in Billings, Mont., in the mid-1940s before working for a produce company in Shelby, Mont., in the late 1940s. He had worked as a truck driver for Fuel Oil in Billings and for Garrett Freight Co. in Salt Lake City in the early 1950s for 12 years.

Mr. Faulkner furthered his education by attending diesel mechanic school from 1952 to 1953. He farmed in Red Lodge and Simms, Mont., as well as being a shop foreman at a logging company.

He met his wife, Annie Anderson, in Thompson Falls, Mont., and they were married March 24, 1965. They moved to Anchorage in 1972, where he worked for Alaska Asphalt and Paving as a shop foreman and mechanic until they moved to Kenai in 1974.

Mr. Faulkner owned and operated T & G Radiator in Soldotna (Ridgeway), until he sold the business in 1987. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, hunting, gardening and woodworking.

"In the later years of Tom's life, his faith brought him comfort, assuring him of God's promises," his family said.

Mr. Faulkner was preceded in death by his sisters, Celestine Sullivan and Ruth Chmielouski; and brother, Homer Faulkner.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Faulkner; children, Rose Neumeyer of Plains, Mont., J.J. Anderson of Missoula, Mont., Alvie Anderson of Beaverton, Ore., Earl Anderson of Thompson Falls and Esther Anderson-Faulkner, Walt Faulkner and Tim Faulkner, all of Spokane, Wash.; several grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sister, Laura Faulkner of Plentywood, Mont.; and brother, Sidney Van Faulkner of Battleground, Wash.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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