Kevin Kenneth Irrigoo (1977 - 2018)

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Former Nome, Alaska, resident, beloved youngest son, brother and uncle Kevin Kenneth Irrigoo, 40, died suddenly and unexpectedly in Anchorage, Alaska, at 2 a.m., on Jan. 16, 2018, from the flu.
A memorial will be held at Anchorage First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 616 West 10th Avenue, on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately after at Southcentral Foundation Tribal Drum, 4085 Tudor Centre Drive on the Alaska Native Health Campus. He will be buried this summer near other family in Nome, a home he loved so much.
Kevin was friend to everyone; he stopped to say hi to all. He went out of his way to help friends and neighbors. He had a heart of great faith and love. He participated in SCF's Beauty for Ashes, a faith based training. Through faith, we know that we will see Kevin again, and he is God's loving arms.
Born and raised in Nome, Kevin graduated from Nome-Beltz High School in 1995. Soon after, he moved to Anchorage to be with family. Kevin worked for SCF Facilities. He began working for SCF's Native Men's Wellness Program in 2015.
Like his brothers, Kevin loved to hunt and fish. He always looked forward to the start of fishing season by dipnetting for hooligan at Twenty Mile River, clamming at Ninilchik, and dipnetting for salmon on the Kenai Peninsula and Chitnina.
He found heaven on earth at Silver Salmon Camp, and family is so grateful that SCF provided him an opportunity to find peace as he struggled with life's problems. Thank you to SCF for the many blessings you provided him, from the friendships, learning opportunities to the cross and casket. He loved the Native Community that he found at work.
He left us so suddenly; the medical staff at the Alaska Native Medical Center showed great compassion and strength during the very difficult time as he became so suddenly sick. We especially appreciate the emergency room and critical care doctors, nurses, certified medical assistants and security. We are comforted by your attempts to save his earthly body.
He is survived by mother, Maggie; brothers, Walton and Bernard Jr.; and sisters, Marilyn and Connie; brothers-in-law, Troy Johnson and Maurice Nattanguk; nephews, Lawrence, Nicholas and Christopher; and nieces, Kristina, Tatiana, Christine, Jenelle, Amanda, Rachel and Willa. He has many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, from the far north of Alaska and the Lower 48. He was especially close to aunts and uncles Amelia, Delia, Paul, Yuung, Hanson and Crunch. He is greatly missed by all.
Kevin was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Ron; father, Bernard Sr.; paternal grandparents, Clarence Sr. and Mildred Irrigoo; and maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Rosie Kulukhon.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 21, 2018