Malutin died last week at the age of 82.
He was a well-known and beloved part of the community, attested to by the crowded church and the nearby streets clogged with parked vehicles.
“The witness that we have here today, the outpouring, the fact that the church is filled and it’s filled out beyond into the yard bears testimony to the hole in our community that this loss is,” said Father Innocent Dresdow during the funeral.
“He did what elders do, he shared his life. It did not matter where he was, there was always an opportunity to share, to share his experience, to share his life.”
Dresdow added, “Did you notice how every time Iver spoke publicly in the last year, it got shorter and shorter and yet what he was saying was focused, it was clear. You saw the wisdom of the years beginning to come out as fruit.”
Dresdow reminisced about a time two months prior when he sat with Malutin and his wife Bertha in their van talking for an hour and a half.
“Iver’s optimism about the future generations on this island, about the future of the faith, about the future of the church, he shared word after word of encouragement,” Dresdow said.
Dresdow spoke of Iver’s impact on not just Kodiak, but also the state.
“His advocacy for the elders, his activism, to make not only Kodiak, but life better for every citizen in Alaska, but all of that was driven by his sincere and profound faith in Christ,” Dresdow said.
Toward the end, Dresdow joked, “I really wish we could sit in now and listen in between him and Moses.”
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