Longtime Wasilla, Alaska, resident Bob Zehnder, 67, passed away on Oct. 18, 2016, peacefully at home.
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A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Settler's Bay Lodge.
Bob was born on Oct. 3, 1949, in Tacoma, Wash. He met his wife, Kathy Fuller, at Seattle University, where he acquired his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. They were married on March 19, 1971, in Seattle, Wash. He and Kathy moved to Alaska in January 1972, where he worked for a short time as an electrical engineer before becoming a journeyman power lineman for the IBEW. He became a business rep in April 1988, and later became the assistant business manager in July 1992 for the IBEW Union Hall until his retirement in 2003.
He cherished spending time with his family and friends, including many boating excursions on the Deshka River. He enjoyed playing on the computer, driving around the world on Google Earth and anything else that stimulated his mind. He loved sharing his knowledge and would give his opinions and advice over and over. It was commonplace in his retirement years to see him with a smile on his face. To his children, he was selfless, stern, loyal, caring, a role model and a story teller. To his grandchildren, he "made me smile," was interesting, funny, pesky, strong, smart, warm and cuddly and a comedian.
Bob is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, James (Mica) Zehnder; daughter, Jennifer Zehnder; son, Robert (Corinne) Zehnder; grandchildren, Shelby, Alexis, Abigail, Sierra, McKenzie, William, Jacob, Robert, Grant and Kimberlyn; his sisters, Susan Janes and Nancy Zehnder; brother, Matthew Zehnder; mother-in-law, Sally Fuller; brothers-in-law, Ken (Linda), Mark (Brenda), Mike (Kathryn), Joel (Janette) and Rob Fuller; and a very large extended family in Alaska, Washington, Nevada and California. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. Zehnder and Beverly Zehnder; son, Eric Zehnder; and father-in-law, Skip Fuller.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to
or enjoy a special day with your family.
Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home
11621 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Oct. 26, 2016