Longtime Kenai resident John Bannock died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2002, after a brief illness. He was 75.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Bible Church. Pastor Ed Perry will officiate. The family invites people to join them in a celebration of Mr. Bannock's life.
Mr. Bannock arrived in Kenai with his wife and two small children in August 1966. They purchased the Nu-State Nursery and Seed Co. and renamed it Nu-State Nursery and Flower Shop, which they operated for 33 years, retiring in 1999.
Mr. Bannock was an active member of Kenai Bible Church, serving in almost every possible capacity when necessary. He also was a founding board member of Cook Inlet Academy and a board member of Solid Rock Bible Camp, Child Evangelism and the Kenai Peninsula Christian Businessmen Committee.
"He was known by his many friends as a kind, caring and giving man whose faith in God was beyond reproach. For John, 'passing away' was less about death and more about entering in heaven to begin his eternal life with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," his family said.
Mr. Bannock is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marilyn Bannock; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Jeff Smith of Ashland, Ky.; son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Carol Bannock of Kenai; grandchildren, Michael Smith, Tiffany Smith, Ashley Smith and Brandon Smith of Ashland and Benjamin (BJ) Bannock and Anthony (Tony) Bannock of Kenai; brothers, Bob Bannock of Grand Junction, Colo., and Dick Bannock of Escondido, Calif.; and sister, Joan Ritschard of Kremmling, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Solid Rock Bible Camp, P.O. Box 489, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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