Alaska lost a great man last week. Though Terry had been dealing with health issues for a few years, he passed away suddenly at his home in Peters Creek, Alaska.
Terry was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1954. Though he was an Alaska resident for 30 years, he traveled all over the U.S. as a truck driver and lived in Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado, in addition to Alaska. Terry served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1975, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Airman Apprentice.
With his great sense of humor, kind heart, and desire to help people, Terry worked as an E.M.T. in rural Alaska; was on volunteer Fire crews; and retired from his inventory management job at the Veterans Administration in Anchorage a few years ago. Most recently Terry was a volunteer coach for Special Olympics Alaska. He loved the rodeo, Denver Broncos, the outdoors, wolves, dogs, Native American culture, and WWE!
Terry learned how to ski so he could help with his daughter's Special Olympics downhill ski team. Terry's compassion for the young, the elderly, and those with special needs is unrivaled.
Terry is missed by his wife, Steena Oliver; three adult children, son, Terry Cunitz, son, Nick Cunitz and wife Tobey, and daughter, Misty Cunitz; mother, Patty Duffield and step-father Al Cline; brothers, Ken Cunitz and Mark Brandon; sister, Scherees Russell and her spouse Rusty; step-mother, Myrna Cunitz; grandchildren, Megan, Kylie, Madison, Alexia, Nicholas, and Chase; the Oliver family, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Terry is welcomed by his father, David Cunitz; and two brothers, Scott Brasuhn and Richard LaFonte.
A public visitation will be held at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. with a service to follow at 12 p.m. Terry will be laid to rest at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Like the Wolf, Terry lived life with an appetite for freedom and guided by instinct. So when you find your wolf pack missing its Alpha, keep Terry's spirit alive by living freely, passionately, and powerfully.
Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel
737 E. Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, 2014