Born Robert Delano Check in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on October 30, 1939, Bob was the first child of Sylvester and Stacia (Guth) Check. He was found deceased in his home near Wasilla, Alaska, on November 7, 2013 at the age of 74. Death was attributed to health reasons, most notably congestive heart disease and diabetes.
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Bob was raised and schooled in Wisconsin, graduating from both high school and university in Stevens Point. He began hunting and fishing at a young age, and started his love for theater in high school. Having majored in English, French and speech, he followed in his mother's footsteps by becoming a teacher. His first teaching job was in the tiny town of Gillett, Wisconsin; later he worked a few months as a baker at Point Bakery.
In September, 1969, he headed for Alaska in his '64 Cutlass where his first job was with the Alaska Railroad. 3 months later he was accepted for a teaching job at another then tiny town: Wasilla. Two of his notable students were Sarah Palin (former Governor) and Chad Carpenter (Tundra Comics cartoonist). Summers were spent in his huge garden and mowing the "maze"; making award winning wines and beer; fishing; and hosting family and friends to show off his beloved Alaska. He retired in 1995 after 25 years at Wasilla High and traveled Outside during winters. He was a staunch member of the NRA; and committed to the North American Hunting Club, the US Olympic shooting team, and the Palmer Elks Lodge where he was Past Exalted Ruler. He loved the Green Bay Packers, hunting, fishing, and collected beer cans, coins, and stamps.
Bob was proceeded in death by parents, Sylvester and Stacia. He left no spouse or children. He is survived by his four siblings, George (Mary) Check of Plover, Wisconsin; Carol (Jim) Kojis of Hudson, Wisconsin; Patricia Check of Wasilla, Alaska; and Dan (Jamie) Check of Calabash, North Carolina. Also nephew, Kurtis (Rochelle) Check, 2 great-nephews, one great-niece, and several "god-children".
A memorial will be held at the Palmer Elks Lodge on January 11, 2014, at 4 p.m.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013