Michael John Lamasko (1959 - 2016)

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Michael John Lamasko, 57, died on Dec. 24, 2016, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, of natural causes. Mike was born on Sept. 7, 1959, in Newfoundland, Canada. Being a member of an Air Force family, he grew up traveling extensively. He lived in West Virginia, South Carolina, the Philippines and California before settling in Anchorage in 1972.
Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing. He became very skilled at fly tying.
After high school at West Anchorage High and SAVE, Mike worked at Flying Tigers, Servair and as a cab driver. He joined the Army, in 1981, and served three years. He especially enjoyed his time in Germany. He worked at Smith Cable after his Army years.
Mike struggled with health issues for the last 25 years. He was a proud man and insisted on taking care of himself. He walked twice a day, every day, with his walker, in order to maintain his strength and independence. He was a regular sight, pushing his walker along Northern Lights Blvd.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, John Lamasko; and sister, Kathryn Smith. He is survived by his mother, Joy Elizabeth Roberts and stepfather, Dale Roberts of Mt. Home, Ark.; sister. Kelly Lamasko of Norco, Calif.; sister, Susan Lamasko of Anchorage; sister-in-law, Michele Doran; brother-in-law, David Smith; nephew, Dustin Smith; and nieces, Sarah Cai Doran and Shannon Lamasko.
A service will be held on Aug. 17, 2017, at 1:15 p.m., at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
"Don't weep at my grave,
For I am not there,
I've a date with a butterfly
To dance in the air.
I'll be singing in the sunshine,
Wild and free,
The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace
After the clouds, the sunshine,
after the winter, the spring,
after the shower, the rainbow,
After the night, the morning,
bidding all darkness cease,
after life's cares and sorrows,
the comfort and sweetness of peace."
- Helen Steiner Rice
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2017
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