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Theodore W. Rozak


Theodore W. Rozak

March 30, 1924-April 18, 2011

Long-time Kenai Peninsula resident, Theodore W. Rozak, 87, died April 18, 2011, in Yuma, Ariz., attended by family members.

Ted, the youngest of nine siblings, was born on a small farm in Weyerhauser, Wis. on March 30, 1924.

Ted met Ruth Olson of Chetek, Wis., at a dance. They were married in 1945. Ted completed barber college in Chicago, then moved to Bruce, Wis., and barbered for five years. In 1952, Ted drove to Fairbanks, where he found work as a carpenter. The next year, Ted moved Ruth and their three sons (Ron, Greg and Larry) to Fairbanks. In 1956, Suzanne was born, and the family relocated to Homer. The next year the family moved to a homestead in Anchor Point, where Debbie and David were born. They lived on the homestead until 1975, at which time they moved into a new home that Ted had built in Homer, which remained his primary residence for the rest of his life.

Ted's creativity and carpentry skills served him well as he designed and built several beautiful commercial fishing boats that he used to fish for salmon and halibut until he retired in 2002. Ted loved fishing and the camaraderie of people attracted to that unique lifestyle. He also enjoyed hunting in his early years and was accomplished at cribbage, pinochle, horseshoes, bowling and golfing past age 85. Over the years, Ted was active in the Carpenter Union, the Anchor Point Community Club and PTA, Fish and Game advisory committee, commercial fishing associations and the Magnolia Village Community Club in Yuma, Ariz., where Ted and Ruth transitioned to snowbirds in 1984.

Ted lived his life based on a simple philosophy: "Life is what you make of it. It's an ever-expanding journey and it does no good to dwell on or be fearful of what might happen. Live one day at a time. Try to do a little work each day, spend time with friends, get out and toss a few horseshoes or hit a few golf balls. Most of all, spend time with your precious family; treasure them. Laugh every chance you get."

Mr. Rozak was preceded in death by Ruth, his wife for 54 years, and their son Greg. He is survived by a brother, Stanley Rozak of Coon Rapids, Minn.; sons and daughters-in-law Ron and Marie Rozak of Anchorage and David and Jeanne Rozak of Citrus Heights, Calif.; son Larry Rozak of Homer; daughters and sons-in-law Suzanne and Larry Pardee of Las Vegas, Nev., and Debbie and Charles Rehder of Homer; daughter-in-law Darlene Rozak of Kasilof; and nine grandsons, four granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.

A celebration of Ted's life for family and friends will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Homer Elks Lodge on June 11. A private graveside service will be held at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in Ted's name to the Hospice of Homer, PO Box 4174, Homer, AK 99603.