Longtime Soldotna resident John Robert Roderick passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 72.
At his request his body will be cremated and a memorial will be held by the family.
John was born May 19, 1944 in Staten Island, New York. He graduated from Andrew Hill High School in San Jose, California in 1961 and graduated Junior College in the San Francisco Bay area with a degree in business. He moved to Soldotna in 1967 to pursue his dreams, chase adventure and start a family.
Once in Alaska, he was successfully self-employed for his entire life and worked at many jobs including boat building, commercial fishing, construction, car restoration, a farm and ranch animal feed store and investing in the stock market.
John was baptized Catholic and attended church regularly at his local congregation.
His family writes, "John loved everything about Alaska. He loved the freedom and quality of life here. He was as active of a person as you will ever find. Those who knew him loved him and were inspired by his energy for life. As a parent he was a great example to his boys. As a grandparent he was an elder, a teacher, a story teller and leader of many adventures. He was a faithful and devoted husband to his wife Sammie. His love of life was only surpassed by the love of his family."
John was preceded in death by his father, Wilfred Roderick; mother, Lucille Coatney; and by brothers, James Roderick and Ronald Roderick.
He is survived by his wife, Sammie Roderick of Soldotna; sons Joe (Shanda) Roderick of Pahrump, Nevada, Jeff (Hali) Roderick of Gilbert, Arizona, Bill (Shaun) Roderick of Hidden Valley Lake, California, and William (Kristina) Osowski of Naperville, Illinois; stepchildren, Staci, Martina and Sean; brother, Paul Roderick of Ninilchik; and 23 grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Cremation Society of Alaska, Anchorage. Words of comfort can be shared at www.alaskacremation.com.
Cremation Society of Alaska
7216 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK 99507
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 20, 2016