Elary Gromoff Jr. (1949 - 2017)

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Elary Gromoff Jr., Lt. Col. U.S. Army, 68, died in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 28, 2017. Funeral services will be at St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral on Aug. 11, 2017, at 12 p.m.; viewing at 11 a.m. Burial services will be held on Aug. 12, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, with a celebration of life following at The Coast International Inn.
Elary was born on St. Paul Island, Alaska, and was his class valedictorian at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. He was the first Aleut Alaskan Native to graduate from United States Military Academy at West Point. Elary served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers for over 20 years. After proudly serving his country, Elary returned to Alaska, with his family.
He followed in his father's footsteps and pursued a passion for serving the Aleut people of Alaska. Elary spent his career working for various Native Corporations. At the time of his passing, he was Chairman on the Tanadgusix Corporation Board of Directors and serving on The Aleut Corporation Board of Directors. Elary was a respected leader in the Aleut community. He had a deeply rooted faith in the Russian Orthodox Church instilled by his parents, which was an immense comfort to him and his family in his last days.
Elary had a deep love for all sports, especially the Seattle Seahawks. He loved telling stories and was often the life of the party. He was immensely proud of his children and he was a proud new "Poppa" to a granddaughter.
Elary is preceded in death by his parents, the Reverend Elary and Matushka Elizabeth; as well as his siblings, Zena Gilbert, Elizabeth James, Angie Covert, Mabel Gromoff, Augusta Gromoff, Archpriest Ishmail Gromoff, Peter Merculief and Constantine Gromoff.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Gromoff of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Kyle Hiatt of Seattle, Wash.; son, Elary Gromoff III of Kent, Wash.; granddaughter, Evelyn; and his sisters, Jeanie Gromoff and Piama Merculief both of Wasilla, Alaska; and Alice Tu of Seattle, Wash.
Funeral arrangements handled by Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to St. Herman Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 9, 2017