Obituary: Romeo Ramos Tapia Marasigan Jr.


Romeo Ramos Tapia Marasigan Jr., or “Jun Jun” to his family, was born on February 23, 1972, in Lawrence Hospital in New London, Connecticut, to Felicidad (Fely) and Remegio (Romy) Marasigan. In 1973, the family was stationed at the United States Coast Guard Base in Kodiak, Alaska. While most of Romeo’s life was spent in Kodiak, Romeo lived briefly on Governor’s Island, New York, and had extended visits in California and Hawaii during his father’s Coast Guard career.

Romeo graduated from Kodiak High School in 1990. He worked at Safeway for more than 20 years and was awarded multiple times for his diligence and hard work. With support from the community, Romeo was able to work and live independently at Heritage Heights for more than 25 years. He often walked to the Orpheum Theater to watch a movie and then walked to McDonald’s or Henry’s to enjoy his favorite meal, a cheeseburger. Romeo participated in Kodiak Special Olympics in bowling and basketball from the mid-1980s until 2008. He was a frequent patron of the Kodiak Public Library and in the mid-1990s volunteered for Kodiak Public Radio KMXT.

Following an intubation, medevac and ICU hospital stay in Anchorage in 2019, it was apparent to all who loved him that Romeo could no longer live independently. Romeo moved to an assisted living home in Anchorage. He enjoyed gathering with his cousins and exploring the city with his siblings. He visited his favorite comic-book store, Bosco’s, and enjoyed cheeseburgers at Red Robin. A fall in February 2021 resulted in a severe spinal cord injury. While Romeo survived surgery, months of treatment for his injuries and disorders were not successful, and he passed away at St. Elias in Anchorage with his parents by his side on July 9, 2021.

Known among friends and family as a good and gentle soul, he will be sorely missed. Romeo is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Demetrio and Garciana (Grace) Marasigan, and maternal grandparents Felixberto and Juanita Ramos. He is survived by his parents Romy and Fely Marasigan, his older sister Christine, and his younger brother Alan. He has a multitude of extended family in Alaska, Oregon, Arizona, California, Minnesota and the Philippines.

A Novena (nine days of prayer) was offered in Anchorage and in the Philippines from July 9-17. July 19, 2021: Vigil from 3-5 p.m. at Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home; Viewing from 1-2 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church followed by Funeral Mass at 2 p.m.; Internment/Burial at Angelus Memorial Park at 3 p.m. followed by a repast at 4 p.m. at China Lights.

A Memorial Gathering for Romeo will be held in Kodiak on his 40th Day Death Anniversary, August 17, 2021. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, please consider a donation in Romeo Marasigan’s memory to the following organizations: Special Olympics in Kodiak, Kodiak Public Radio KMXT or Kodiak Public Library Association.

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