Life-long Alaska resident Gordon Earl Samel, 52, died on March 9, 2014 in Wasilla, AK.
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A Celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel in Anchorage at 3 p.m.
Gordon was born on November 6, 1961 in Anchorage and graduated from Denver Institute of Technology in 1974. He was employed as an auto mechanic and auto body painter.
He won several awards on painting show cars. His hobbies were fishing and hunting, woodworking, upholstery and helping build race cars.
His family writes: "He was happiest being in the woods. He was a great friend to all."
He is survived by his son, Gordon Samel of Anchorage; daughter, Tessa Samel of Seward; father and step-mom, Gordon and Wanda Samel of Southerland, OR; mother and step-father, Roberta and Kenny Lincoln of Anchorage; brothers, Steve Samel of Wasilla and Donald Samel of Seward; sister, Jennifer Vandelack of Anchorage; nephews, Mark and Ramo Samel, Brandon and Tommy Maxim; niece, Samantha Maxim and 7 great nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel & Crematory, LLC.
Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel
440 E. Klatt Road Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2014