Frank Robert Peterson Sr. of Akhiok passed away on January 28, 2021.
Frank was born in Lazy Bay, 5 miles south of Akhiok on Kodiak Island, to Matrona Agnot and Davis Peterson on July 9, 1940. After 8th grade he went to Sheldon Jackson High School in Sitka before joining the Marines (1960-1965).
After his service, Frank worked for congressman Nick Beggich in Washington, D.C., then was the assistant director of Rural CAP (Rural Alaska Community Action Program), traveling the state of Alaska setting up health clinics in rural communities. He was the founding director of KANA (Kodiak Area Native Association) from 1974 to 1979. He worked for the Native village of Old Harbor, Akhiok Kaguyak Inc. and Ayakulik Inc., and was on the board of Koniag Inc.
Frank was a combination of military exactness and jovial warmth. He had a calm confidence and was quick to lend a hand or fix whatever needed fixing. His laugh was infectious and he had deep wrinkles around his eyes from years of smiling. He was most happy eating Native foods, being outdoors or playing with his grandchildren. He could always soothe a crying baby and was a very patient teacher. He loved Alaska, his people and his family. We will miss him greatly.
He is preceded in death by his parents Matrona Agnot and Davis Peterson; stepfather Kalumpi Larionoff; siblings Innokenty Peterson, Joseph Peterson, Davis Peterson Jr., Evelyn Larionoff, Larry Larionoff, Nancy Larionoff, Betty “Dolly” Williams, Harry “Leo” Larionoff, Kalumpi “Roger” Larionoff Jr., Gordon Larionoff and Lucy “Sugar” Larionoff; and son Troy Peterson.
Frank is survived by wife Jean Kielbert; former spouse Joyce French Allred; children Jeanne Evans Pete, Frank Peterson Jr., Heather Rice, Jocelyn Johnson and Elizabeth Peterson; brother Victor Peterson Kaguyak; 26 grandchildren; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Frank’s body will be cremated and memorial services held this summer in Anchorage and Kodiak. Please postpone any donations or flowers until that time.