Harvey Rookus, 89, died 18 March 2013 of subdural hematoma. Born to James and Katherine (Curtis) Rookus, Long Beach, CA, 17 May 1923, he attended Long Beach schools and Long Beach Junior College before joining the Army
Corp of Engineers.
Before being sent to the China-Burma-India theater he married Wilma Carroll, dau of Almeron and Annie (Gribble) Carroll, Long Beach, on 31 Aug 1943, and in 2012 they celebrated their 69th anniversary. Their children are Kathy, in Alaska, Peggy and children Karen, Deanna and Kevin in California, Alan, in Alaska and Eric and daughter Ashlie in Texas. They have 6 great grand children.
Discharged in January 1946 and employed by Richfield Oil Corp as a Surveyor, he earned his California LS License, later Land Surveyor in Utah and Alaska. Was Chairman, Southern California Chapter of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.
Was active in Boy Scouts as Cubmaster and Scoutmaster with his two sons who became Eagle Scouts, as was he. Had short and long distance sailing as a hobby, participating in the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race to Hawaii twice and once to Tahiti. Past president of the Bellflower Gem and Mineral Society, and sang in his Baptist church choir.
Transferred by ARCO to Anchorage, Alaska in 1973 he surveyed another ten years for Alyeska and ARCO-Alaska on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, retiring in 1983, He volunteered for and was a major donor at the Blood Bank of Alaska, active in Anchorage Amateur Radio Club (NL7DK), where he was President and Newsletter Editor for many years. He participated in several Iditarod Trail Races and Saturday runs, walks, rides, etc. doing "ham" communication, as well as keeping in touch with "Old China Hands" and CBI Vets. Was also in Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue unit, Muni. Emergency Services, and Special Olympics
Has been an officer of the Alaska Chapter Sons of the American Revolution for years, spent time working on his family genealogy with the Anchorage Genealogical Society, volunteering at the Loussac Public Library. He and his wife received Honorary Life Memberships from a CA school and the AGS.
Family trailer-camping for many years was combined with rock-hunting to form many memories and appreciation for the outdoors, especially in California and Alaska. Mr. Rookus made friends easily and will be remembered for his "stories" and jokes.