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Robert F. Schoonmaker

Chugiak resident Robert F. Schoonmaker, 75, died in Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage April 29, 2006. A private family service will be held. The officiant will be Charles Wise.

He was born March 18, 1931, in Portland, Maine.

He was in the Air Force and was a seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marines. He first moved to Alaska in 1949, residing in Chugiak 1949 to 1952, 1953 to 1964, and 1978 to 2006. He retired from Fort Richardson after having worked in telecommunications in the civil service.

He loved to fly, fish and camp, and go four-wheeling and snow-machining.

He is survived by his children, Betty Austin, Mike Schoonmaker, Kim Hewitt, Karen Lord, and Becky Saloka; and grandchildren, Erin Austin, Donald Hull, Jeremy Schoonmaker, Brayton Austin, Willis Schoonmaker, Daryl Stahly, Jamie Schoonmaker, Darlene Stahly, Ashley Schoonmaker, Alana Lord, Lindsey Saloka, Devon Saloka, and Heidi Lord.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Ste 100, Anchorage 99503.

He will be interred at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Family and friends may leave memorial tributes at

Arrangements were provided by Witzleben Family Funeral Home.

Source: Frontiersman, 5 May 2006



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