Anchorage resident Robert "Zark" Zarkovich, 64, died March 21, 2007, at home.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St., with the Rev. Dan Hebert officiating.
Mr. Zarkovich was born Nov. 29, 1942, in Chicago, to John and Genevieve Zarkovich. He graduated from Chicago Vocational High School in 1961. He attended Spartan School of Aeronautics and became an aircraft mechanic. He also served two years in the Armed Forces stationed at Fort Richardson.
While serving in the Army, Bob developed a love of Alaska and the opportunities it provided for outdoor recreation. After marrying Louann Gray in Chicago, they drove up the Alaska Highway, relocating to Anchorage in 1970. He began working as an aircraft mechanic for the Department of the Interior, Office of Aircraft Services, in 1973 and retired in 1995.
"Zark" was an avid airboater, hunter and fisherman. He belonged to the Alaska Boating Association and enjoyed exploring the many rivers in Alaska. He was especially fond of 20-Mile River, where he camped with his wife, family and friends. Bob also was a ham radio enthusiast, beginning at age 12, and spent many hours talking with folks all over the world with the call sign KL7HDY. In retirement, he acquired a billiards table and enjoyed playing pool with friends and family.
His family wrote: "Bob was a devoted husband and father. He spent much time with his grandchildren and shared his love of boating and camping. He was very proud of his work in Alaska aviation and brought his knowledge and experience into the airboating community. He was very innovative in developing his style and he always joked that 'I could of had a V8.' "
Survivors are his wife, Louann; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Bill Peters; grandchildren, Samuel, Lauren and Earl; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Doug Greene and family; sister and brother-in-law, Tina and Jerry Ryczek; mother, Genevieve Zarkovich; and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Zarkovich, and brother, John.
Friends can send condolences to 737 E St., Anchorage 99501.
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Published by Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 25 to Mar. 29, 2007.