Robert Theodore "Bob" Bielefeld (1930 - 2016)

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Longtime Kenai resident, Robert Theodore "Bob" Bielefeld, 85, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Star of the North Lutheran Church in Kenai. Pastor Corbie Cross will officiate. His cremated remains will be scattered over Mt. Redoubt at a later date.

Bob was born Nov. 1, 1930 in Anaheim, California. He graduated from Anaheim Union High School and attended Orange Coast College. Bob served in the U.S. Navy for a year and then in the Naval Reserves for 2-3 years. He took a leave of absence from General Petroleum in 1955 to drive to Alaska, returning to California with a desire to move to Alaska someday. He moved to Kenai in December 1959 and worked for Coastal Drilling. Bob learned to fly beginning in 1958 in Chico, California. In 1961, he began flying as the owner and operator of Kenai Aviation.

Bob taught many, many people to fly and issued several hundred pilots licenses as a designated Pilot Examiner. Throughout his career he traveled all over Alaska and even parts of the Lower 48. After he was not able to keep his pilot's medical certificate, Bob continued to work in his business, right up until the last week of his life.

Bob was a member of Star of the North Lutheran Church. He had received the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Pioneer Award and was an "Alaskan Aviation Legend" in the Alaska Air Carrier's Association in 2015. Bob also served on the Kenai City Council in the early 1970s.

He loved gardening, especially growing strawberries and tulips.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Norma T. Bielefeld, and brothers, Edward, Richard and William "Bill" Bielefeld.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James Bielefeld and Karen Hartley-Bielefeld of Kenai; daughter, Julia Bielefeld of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Rose Bielefeld of Stockton, California; sisters and brother-in-law, Kathleen Smith of Fallbrook, California and Elouise and Carl Andresen of Anchorage.

Rather than flowers, please send donations to the Peninsula Food Bank or the Challenger Center of Kenai.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 22, 2016
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