Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident, Mr. Clarence E. Bakk, 85, died unexpectedly Monday, August 22, 2011 at his home in Nikiski. He recently celebrated his 85th birthday as well as his 55th wedding anniversary.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 3, 2011 at The Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale Ave. in Soldotna.
Clarence was born June 12, 1926 to Jacob and Hannah Bakk in Chisholm, Minnesota. After graduating from High School he entered the U.S. Navy. When honorably discharged from the Navy, he enrolled in the Moody Bible Institute. Clarence came to Alaska after graduating from the Moody Bible Institute and The University of Dubuque to teach in the Alaskan villages of Pedro Bay and Homer. Clarence moved back to Minnesota where he met and married his beloved bride Anneli Tervonen. After getting married they drove the Alcan Highway for their honeymoon and made Alaska their home for the next 55 years. Together they taught school in Tyonek, Talkeetna, Levelock, South Naknek and Egegik. During the summers in Alaska, Clarence was involved with commercial fishing. In 1969 Clarence taught at Victory Arctic Bible Institute, which led to 18 wonderful years helping train Native men to be pastors. At the same time he also taught at Cebu Theological College in the Philippines. In 2006 he and Anneli sold their house in Anchorage and moved to Nikiski to be closer to their children. Clarence felt his greatest responsibility was to encourage his four children, 16 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren to walk in the ways of the Lord. In his 85 years of life, he was faithful to his calling. He was greatly loved by all of his family.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gunner, Art and Ralph; and sisters, Myrtle, Alice, Agnes and Ines.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anneli; brothers, Alarik and Melvin; daughter, Deborah and her husband Jim; sons, Dale and his wife Elaine, Don and his wife Rebecca, and Darrel and his wife Carrie; his grandchildren, Jeremiah and his wife Ellie, Naomi and her husband Steve Veal, Aaron, Byran, Jason and his wife Stephanie, Jared, Justin, Janna and her husband Jayson Cooper, Ben, Elias, Reuben, Joelle, Dalan, Annika, Carlee and Caedon; his great grandchildren, Josie, Lucy, Silas, Elijah and Bethany; along with many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Kako Retreat Center Inc. to P.O. Box Russian Mission, Alaska 99657 or to the Children's Shelter of Cebu P.O. Box 247 Cambridge, MN 55008-0247
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory.