Michael Stith

Obituary
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Anchorage resident Michael Ray Stith, 50, died March 24, 2008, in Anchorage.
A service of remembrance will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Eagle River Funeral Home. A gathering of friends and family members will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Eagle River.
"Mike wanted his ashes scattered in the backwoods and waters of Alaska - from Flattop Mountain to Alyeska to the Russian River to the Resurection Bay," his family wrote.
Mr. Stith was born April 8, 1957, in Fairborn, Ohio, to Carol Stith Henline and Ray Stith. He graduated from Chugiak High School in Eagle River, obtained an associate's degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and had many years of on-the-job training in the flooring and interior design industry.
Mr. Stith came to Alaska in 1962, living in Tanana, McGrath, Eagle River, Anchorage and back to Eagle River in 2006. He was the sole owner of Flooring Solutions since 2005. He worked for Transformations Design from 1987 until 1993 and for East Side Carpet Co. from 1993 until 2005.
His family wrote: "Michael was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing of all types - from fly-fishing most any stream in Alaska to deep-sea fishing from Resurrection Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. His father often said 'Mike can catch a salmon out of a bucket.' He loved camping, hiking and biking and took joy in exploring the outdoor beauty of Alaska with his family. He enjoyed many sports such as wrestling, softball and football. Mike bowled in league tournaments, both men's and mixed teams for many years and often finished the season on the championship team. For several years he and his wife competed in couples cribbage tournaments with their good friends, the Thomas, Walther and Kerr-Horseman families. All who knew Mike were well aware of his love of the game of poker, and we dare say he has taken the pot from many here in the Anchorage area.
"Above all else, he was the ultimate playmate and teacher, in all capacities, from swimming and putt putt golf to kite flying and pottery painting to all of his aforementioned hobbies and special interests for his daughters, Lili and Michaela, who were certainly the pride and joy and greatest accomplishment in his life."
He is survived by his daughters, Michaela and Lili Stith of Anchorage; mother, Carol Stith Henline of Buckeye, Ariz.; father, Ray Stith of Eagle River; sisters, Beatrice Brown of Federal Way, Wash., and Cynthia Zinakova of Puyallup, Wash.; extended foster family, Linda, Fred and Jason Arrington of Anchorage; nieces, Cerita Edwards of Goodyear, Ariz., and Erin Flack of Burien, Wash.; and ex-wife and dear friend, Andrea Lynne Oaks of Anchorage.
His family wrote: "The absense of Mike will leave a void in the lives of his many relatives and wide variety of lifelong friends and work associates across the country - from St. Louis, Mo., to Buffalo, N.Y., to Knoxville, Tenn., to Clearwater, Fla., to Oregon and Washington to California and back to all of Alaska. Particularly close to his heart of late were his sincere friends Charlie Horseman, Ross Walther and Steve Ramsey."
In lieu of flowers and to benefit his daughters, the family requests donations be sent to the Mike Stith Memorial Fund, account 2246551432 at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Arrangements are with Eagle River Funeral Home.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 27, 2008