Former Kenai/Soldotna area resident Michael J. Winegarden, 43, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his home in Redmond, Wash.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kenai. Bishop Matthew Quiner will officiate. Burial will be in the Kenai City Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Mike was born June 27, 1970 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He moved with his family to Kodiak in 1983 and graduated from Kodiak High School. After high school, he worked as a commercial fisherman and then began his career in all aspects of the flooring business. In 1995, he moved to Kenai and then to Redmond in June 2013.
Mike was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and received recognition from the Board of Realtors and Builder’s Association in Kenai.
“Mike had the great ability to connect to people with his great smile and endearing personality. He was active in the Kenai Peninsula community and took great pride in his work. He enjoyed camping, golfing, and snow machining. These were all things that Mike liked to do with both his family and friends. He had a real fondness for cars and driving. Mike will be remembered as a strong, loving, kind person who was always ready to help others. He had a very entertaining sense of humor and brought light to the lives of many. Mike is already greatly missed and will always be remembered in our hearts and thoughts,” his family said.
Mike was preceded in death by his sister, Kim Janiese Ash.
He is survived by his sons, Bryson Michael and Matthew Allen Winegarden, both of Spokane Valley, Wash.; parents, Charles Allen and Jo Carol Winegarden of Kenai; grandparents, Joseph Peter and Doris Katheryn Llanos of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey David and Julie Winegarden of Wasilla; nephews and nieces, Jeffery David Jr., Patrick Michael and Laci Ana Winegarden, all of Wasilla, Amber Lynn Winegarden of San Diego, Calif., and Devon Janiece Winegarden of Redding, Calif.; aunt and uncle, Debra and Jim Luke; cousins, Corey and Gregory Luke, all of Anchorage, and Rebecca Bryson of Soldotna.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.