Theodore K "Ted" Sadler Jr. (1924 - 2018)

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Theodore "Ted" K. Sadler, Jr.

Longtime Kenai resident Theodore K. Sadler, Jr., known as "Ted," age 94, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, following a heart attack at the home of his daughter Sandra Traxinger.

Memorial Services will be held at the Kenai Senior Center on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. Any questions call Sandra Traxinger at 776-5599.

Ted Sadler was born April 29, 1924 in Winifred, South Dakota. He was the first of three children born to Theodore and Gladis Sadler, Sr. He was born and raised on the family farm until he met his life partner of 70 years, Jeanie Sadler. He then took up construction work and worked in many of the lower 48 states. Upon hearing of the 1964 Alaska earthquake, he headed up the Alcan Highway to help rebuild Anchorage. Once in Alaska, he became an oil explorer on the North Slope and on the west side of the Inlet.

In 1973, they moved to Kenai and took to commercial fishing, an occupation he dearly loved for 31 years. There was something about being your own boss and pitting yourself against the water, fish and tides. When he retired from fishing, he invested in the community by volunteering at the Peninsula Food Bank from 2005 to 2008. After his wife passed, he joined the Kenai Senior Center bell ringers. He enjoyed going with the group to places on the peninsula to ring bells and cheer up residents. He liked meeting people and telling his stories. He loved life and fought to make it last as long as he could. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Ted Sadler was preceded in death by his wife, siblings and parents. He is survived by five of his children: Sandra Traxinger of Nikiski; Jerry Sadler and Randy Sadler of Soldotna; Gail Allen of Anchorage; and Barb Kraxberger of Spokane, Washington; as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Kenai Senior Center, 361 Senior Way, Kenai, Alaska, 99611.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Sept. 5, 2018
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