Robert Imlach (1945 - 2018)

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Lifelong Anchorage, Alaska, resident Robert John Imlach, 72, passed away at his home on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, after a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was the seventh of the 15 children born to Florence C. "Rusty" (nee O'Neill) and William J. Imlach Jr., both of whom have preceded him in death. Robert graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1964 and subsequently joined the United States Navy. He served in Vietnam as a SeaBee prior to being stationed in Newfoundland, Canada, where he met his wife, Theresa. They were married in 1969 and returned to the United States upon Robert's discharge from the service.
Robert continued to work as a steelworker and operating engineer in various parts of Alaska until returning permanently to Anchorage in 1976 with his wife and daughter, Holly. In his spare time he became a fixed-wing pilot and a licensed realtor, earning his broker's license in 1983 and establishing his own firm, RJ Imlach and Associates.
Robert was very active within the Catholic community of Anchorage throughout his life. He also volunteered a great deal of his time to the Anchorage School District during his daughter's enrollment. He was an avid gardener, particularly of roses. Robert loved to cook, to read, to ski, to fish and to laugh. His sense of humor will be dearly missed.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage with the Rosary beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 2 p.m. There will be a reception following the Mass at Holy Family Cathedral. His family has designated Covenant House Alaska and AWAIC for any memorial contributions.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 13, 2018
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