Joseph Allen Bilek, 66 passed away May 25, 2014, at his Anchorage residence.
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No services will be held at the family's request.
Joseph was born June 11, 1947, in Holland, Michigan, to Joseph and Marie (Lage) Bilek. He was a graduate of Elgin High School, in Elgin, Illinois and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Joseph married Anita Greenlees on December 31, 1981. For the past 24 years, the couple has made their home in Anchorage. Joseph was self-employed on contract to Conoco-Phillips for over twenty years before becoming an employee in 2008.
He enjoyed Shelties, fishing, camping and woodworking.
His family wrote: "Joe was social and talkative by nature and his engaging personality won him many friends. He would drop everything to assist friends in need of help; the mark of a true friend.
Joe enjoyed many activities, approaching each one wholeheartedly. In summer, nearly every weekend was spent either fishing, camping or competing at dog shows and trials.
Joe adopted a Sheltie, Fraser in 2005, the first dog he'd owned in 35 years. Within a few years, Shelties Lola and Flash joined the family. During his five-year struggle with cancer, he trained his dogs up to several times a week and achieved titles in agility, rally, and obedience and earned both AKC and CKC points in conformation. He was especially proud the he and Fraser qualified as a therapy team for Delta Society (now PAWS) to visit patients in medical facilities."
Joe is survived by his wife of 32 years, Anita; stepson, Paul Cresta and family of Arizona; sons, Michael Bilek and family of Illinois; Joe Bilek and family of Illinois and John Bilek and family of Kansas; sister, Christine of Tennessee; and brother, Randy of Tennessee.
Mr. Bilek is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Marie; his grandparents; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Memorial donations can be made in Joe's honor to PAWS, Providence Hospice, the American Shetland Sheepdog Association (ASSA) or the Sheltie Rescue.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Alaska. Words of comfort can be shared at www.alaskacremation.com
Cremation Society of Alaska
7216 Lake Otis Parkway Anchorage, AK 99507
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from June 10 to June 11, 2014