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George Jackinsky

January 5, 1927 December 11, 2018
George Jackinsky
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Obituary for George Jackinsky

George Jackinsky, 91, of Kenai, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2018. George (Gritts, Ski, Dad, Papa, Chief Two Bears) was born in the village of Ninilchik on January 5, 1927, well before Alaska became a state. He spoke Russian as a child until he attended the Territorial School where English was required. “Grandma, who raised me from birth, knew only the Russian language,” he wrote of his early school days. “She could not speak nor understand the new American ways. It was away from the school grounds that I learned why my friends would not talk to me at school. ‘Only English will be spoken in this school or on these school premises.’” As a result, Dad flunked the first grade.
These and other early life experiences produced a force of character that shaped many life decisions – from hopping a ship to Seattle to enroll in the Merchant Marines before he was of age, to wooing a city girl from Portland, Oregon to become his wife, to ripping a jammed door off its hinges and rescue two people from a burning airplane – earning him the State of Alaska Award for Bravery-Heroism from Governor Jay Hammond in 1978.
George and Jeanne, his wife of 67 years, homesteaded in Kasilof and built a lovely hilltop home on a wooded lake where they raised four children, held four weddings, buried six dogs, shot two bear and a chicken hawk (not to mention the squirrels), and hosted numerous church baptisms, before moving to Vintage Point in Kenai in 2015.
In addition to the Merchant Marines, George also served in the Army Air Force in WWII, worked as a set netter, drift fisherman and electrical lineman, and served as a Kasilof Community Church trustee, Kasilof Airport manager, member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission and board member with the Homer Electric Association. In his later years, Dad enjoyed writing, painting, fishing, and playing the guitar. He was a force to be reckoned with at pinochle, cribbage and scrabble.
He was always quick with a jest. After a spate of health issues put him in the hospital shortly after his 90th birthday, he said, “The first 90 years were easier than the second.”
George is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Traci Davis (Bill), Craig Jackinsky (Carmen), Lisa Jackinsky, and Jon Jackinsky (Kimberley); grandchildren Molly, Bill, and Dan Davis, Iris Sipes, Cameron and Hunter Jackinsky, and Shay Wearly; sister Barbara Redmond; and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family and good friends.
At his request, George will be laid to rest next to his grandson, Tom Davis, on December 16th at 1:30 at the Kasilof Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Thursday, December 20th at 3 pm at the Kenai Senior Center at 361 Senior Court, Kenai.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.


Previous Events

Graveside

Sunday

16

Dec

1:30 PM 12/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
Spruce Grove Memorial Park

Kalifornsky Beach Road at Old Timers Way
Mile 1 Kalifornsky Beach Road
Kasilof, AK 99610

Spruce Grove Memorial Park
Kalifornsky Beach Road at Old Timers Way Kasilof 99610 AK
United States

Memorial Service

Thursday

20

Dec

3:00 PM 12/20/2018 3:00:00 PM
Kenai Senior Center

361 Senior Ct.
Kenai, AK 99611

Kenai Senior Center
361 Senior Ct. Kenai 99611 AK
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Spruce Grove Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Kalifornsky Beach Road at Old Timers Way
Mile 1 Kalifornsky Beach Road
Kasilof, AK 99610

Kalifornsky Beach Road at Old Timers Way Kasilof 99610 AK
United States
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