Kias Titus Peter Sr., 84, passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord on Jan. 9, 2013, surrounded by his children at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Born Dec. 14, 1928, in Arctic Village, Kias Sr. was raised in the traditional Gwich'in Athabascan lifestyle. During his lifetime, he acquired the knowledge and skills needed to live off the land, and as an elder, he passed along those traditional survival skills to younger generations.
Kias Sr. served his country honorably as a Sergeant First Class in the Alaska Army National Guard for 25 years. He worked on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Riverboat Discovery and the railroad, before eventually retiring from the Labors Union.
Throughout his life, Kias Sr. was known for his involvement in the Bishop Rowe Chapel at Arctic Village and for his talents as a carpenter, storyteller, spring carnival emcee, fiddle player and dancer. He especially enjoyed leading square dances and dancing the two-step. Many will remember Kias Sr. for his silly sense of humor and his ability to make those around him laugh.
Kias Sr. is survived by his wife, Josephine; siblings, the Rev. Trimble Naomi, and Florence; children, Ernie (Julia), Marian, Joanne (Robert), Mildred, Kias Jr. (Dora), Angela, Betty Ann, Joy, Marcias and Roxanne; grandchildren, Renee, Stanford, Roxanne, Roberta, Renita, David, Donald, Melissa, Amanda, Lakota, Walter, Liza, Tara, Hunter, Eleanor, Elana, Bonnie, Kathy, and Doreen; and great-grandchildren, Jayden, Traysten, Tillisa, Mila, Emanuel, Elysha and Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Titus Peter, Maggie Gilbert; and stepfather, the Rev. James Gilbert; siblings, Jones, Linus, Joanne, Martha and Mary; and grandchildren, Annie Marie, Titus, Cassandra and Bretty.
A fundraiser to assist with funeral-related expenses will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall.
Funeral service will be held at noon Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., one hour before services.
Services in Arctic Village will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Bishop Rowe Chapel, followed by burial with military honors.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.