Lifelong Kenaitze native, Arthur Gordon Baktuit, 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Prestige Care Nursing Home in Anchorage on Friday, February 21, 2014.
Gordon was born to Ephim Baktuit and Ella (Miller) Morey on Wednesday, March 21, 1934 in Old Town Kenai, working as an equipment operator for the Alaskan Road Commission, until he enlisted in the Navy in 1956, serving our country as an aircraft mechanic aboard the USS Bon Homme, receiving the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon his return, Gordon served for the first Kenai Volunteer Fire Department and was a commercial fisherman in the Cook Inlet for more than 30 years.
He was an avid swimmer, a self-taught accordion and guitar player, loved cribbage and card games and was a boxing fan.
Gordon was known for his quick sense of humor and storytelling about growing up in the early days of Kenai, which his family and friends will miss.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ephim and Ella; sisters, Carol Dolan and Marlene Supko and brother, Albert Baktuit.
Gordon is survived by sons, Gordon and Dale (Sherri) Baktuit; daughters, Glenda (Mark) Carr and Jeraldine Horning; sister, Evelyn Boulette; grandchildren, Jamie and Jennifer Carr, Bradley Horning and Sarah and Gage Baktuit and great-grandchildren, Shaelene, Nolan and Hayden.
A potluck memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 14 at the Tykotna Elder Center in Old Town Kenai for family and friends.
Gordon's ashes will be scattered over the Cook Inlet at a later date.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 14, 2014