Lifelong Alaskan Ynocencio B. Monnseratt, 82, or Gary to his friends, passed away peacefully at Providence Alaska Medical Center, surrounded by his family, in Anchorage, on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
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Gary was born in Gary, Indiana on March 12, 1932. In 1949, after graduating from high school, he joined the US Army and was stationed at Hanford, WA, where he was part of a detachment of the 10th Mountain Division, serving as a Military Police NCO. In 1953, Gary relocated to Alaska, and become a member of the Alaska Territorial Guard.
Mr. Monnseratt settled in Anchorage in 1953, living in different parts of town until buying a lot off of a dirt road called Muldoon. There he built his house, raised his 5 children, played with his grandchildren and grew his tomatoes. Throughout the years he had a vast collection of boats, vehicles, and other odds and ends that, "I can use this one day", he often quoted.
In the mid-1950s Gary began work for the self-service store on Fort Richardson, and later moved to a position at FAA before retiring in 1993 after over 30 years of government service. But the one jobs he loved and talked about the most, was his work as a funeral director and embalmer for the Kehl's Forest Lawn Funeral Home. In the time he worked there Gary helped countless Alaskan families thru one of the darkest and hardest time in anyone's life.
Gary loved spending time outdoors doing little projects around his house, building porches, telling tall tales that you would have no choice but to believe, being a member of the Legion, VFW, DAV, VA and Pioneers of Alaska, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
Military honors will rendered at the Ft. Richardson National Cemetery, on Friday, March 21st at 3pm.
Ynocenico B. Monnseratt is survived by Theresa "Joey" Rohrich, caregiver, Wife, Marie Monnseratt, of Anchorage, his sisters in the lower 48, his 5 Children, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, extended family and many friends.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2014