Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 4:31 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dane Peter Rofkar


Dane Peter Rofkar

Oct. 1, 1951-Feb. 17, 2012

Longtime Ninilchik resident Dane Rofkar passed away on Feb. 17, 2012, in Seattlewherehe had hoped to get on the heart transplant list.

He was a commercial fisherman home-ported out of Homer for many years.As a young man, he owned his own fishing boat in Kodiak until family concerns called him back to Ninilchik; his mothers home burned down, and he was needed to help rebuild and care for his younger siblings. The list of jobs Dane held over the years is long: clerk and manager of the general store on the Homer Spit when his mother owned it, lumberjack, sawmill owner/operator as well as working for others, cannery worker andtaxidermist along with many others,but Dane consideredhimselfa commercial fisherman.

Dane loved Alaska; he loved outdoor sports and was an avid cross-countryskier.He enjoyedmotorcycles, especially off-road. He liked thetelevisionshow The Deadliest Catch as he knew some of thepeopleon the show andknewthe boats. He had tremendousartistictalent. When his health began to fail, he took advantage of the Internet and formed relationships with people all over the United States and the world.

Dane was the oldest of seven children. He is survived by brothers Finn, Leif and Sven; andsisters Greta,Ingrid and Maritta. He also is survived by his soul mate Della Mae Patton. Dane is preceded in death by his parents Ed and Luci Rofkar.

A memorial celebration of Danes Life is 1 p.m. March 31, 2012, at the Ninilchik House locatedat 14635 SterlingHighway in Ninilchik.