Fairbanks resident Roy Harding Katairoak died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Fairbanks.|
Roy was born Oct. 14, 1954, in Anchorage to Beverly Kagak Kuckens and adopted out to Harding and Daisy Katairoak. He grew up in Fairbanks and later moved to Barrow when he got married. He later moved to Nuiqsut when he remarried.
Roy's dad, Harding Katairoak, taught him about hunting at an early age. When he was younger, his dad brought him to work with him on the Alaska Railroad. He went to work at Prudhoe Bay, NARL in Barrow in his early life.
He enjoyed all trucks, cars, motorcycles and ATV riding. He also really enjoyed going to Arctic Man, pulling the blanket at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics every year, fishing and moose hunting.
Roy's family said, "Roy really loved all of his friends and family from all over the Alaska. He enjoyed talking to all of his grandkids over the phone."
Roy is survived by his sons and daughter, Corey and Benita Katairoak, Steve and Darlene Hopson, Dean Katairoak and Rose Szmyd, and Elizabeth Katairoak; grandchildren Daniel, Corey and Jack Katairoak, Leonard Tukle, Steve Frankie Hopson IV, Angelica Maggie Hopson, Kyrus Texeira, Darin Ahgeak, Kiaira Szmyd, Damon Katairoak, Mariah Katairoak, Taylor Sibson and Daryn Katairoak; brothers Jesse Katairoak Sr., Donald J. Kerr and Paul Kerr; and sisters Mary Hobart, Marlene and Bill Gabrielsen, Darlene Aveogana, Donna Kerr and Grace Kerr.
A funeral for Roy will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Fairbanks. Friends and family are invited to join for a potluck immediately after the service at the church downstairs. Bring a dish.
Arrangements were made by Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Sept. 29, 2013