John Emery Thibodeau (1940 - 2018)

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Longtime Kenai resident, Mr. John Emery Thibodeau, 78, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his home with his family by his side after a long battle with metastatic cancer.

Memorial Mass will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Our Lady of The Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce, Kenai, Alaska A reception will follow services downstairs at the church.

Emery was born in Schenectady, New York, in 1940 to Leo and Frances Thibodeau. He attended Balston Lake Elementary, and then his family moved to Albany, New York, where he graduated from Christian Brothers Academy.

Emery earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Fernando Valley State College. He moved to Alaska in 1968, where he worked in accounting in Anchorage, Barrow, Cordova and Kenai. He married Anne Wells on Sept. 27, 1974. They moved to Kenai in 1977, where they raised their four children.

Emery was a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and Kenai Peninsula School District Board in he 1990s. He was a member of Our Lady of The Angels Catholic Church. He enjoyed camping, hiking, being on the water and building projects.

Emery was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Maria.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; sons Jason, Luke, and Sam; grandson Silas; brothers Michael and Thomas (Nancy) Thibodeau; sisters Pam (Joe) Geiselmann and Patty Thibodeau Parsons; as well as many other relatives and close friends.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign his online guestbook at
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5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on June 10, 2018