John Cerutti

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Wasilla resident John Lucio Cerutti, 90, died June 7, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of natural causes. At the time of his death, he lived at the Wasilla Senior Campus.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Elks Club in Valdez. According to John's wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the Valdez area, which he loved so much.

John was born Sept. 1, 1919, in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Akron in Ohio.

He served on the board of the Copper Valley Electric Association and the Valdez Planning and Zoning Commission, with several years as president. He was an Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club and was active in the Rotary Club. He was also a founding member of Valdez Youth Court.

John was a bomber/radio operator in World War II and later became a weather observer in the Army Air Force. He attended the University of Miami, where he met his wife, Peggy.

Peggy died on June 6, 1979, and John continued to wear his wedding ring until the day he joined her.

His family wrote, "Dad was a strong and independent man with a kind heart. He seemed to know every pun that ever existed and loved to tell stories -- he was excellent at that. He will be extremely missed by those who loved and knew him."

He is survived by his children, Jennifer and John Cerutti of Missoula, Mont.; granddaughters, Tahra Cerutti of San Francisco and Tiffani Cerutti of Missoula; nephew, Tawn Albinson of Mexico City, Mexico; great-nephew, Tim Albinson of Mexico City; and extremely close friend, Doug Johnson and family of Valdez.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; and his sister, Myra Albinson.

In lieu of memorial donations, please contribute to the Salvation Army in Valdez.

Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home's Bragaw Chapel.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 20 to June 21, 2010
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