Alexander P. Cerepa Jr., 63, Gold Beach, died Feb. 6, 2001, at his home of leukemia.

He was born May 31, 1937, in Chicago to Alexander P. Cerepa Sr. and Monica Zelinski Cerepa, both emigrated from Poland. He was the youngest of 10 children.

His family moved to Redding, Calif., in 1947. He attended Union Elementary School and graduated from Shasta Union High School in 1955.

He attended Seminary in Menominee, Mich. He continued his education after raising his family and earned a bachelor of science degree in 1994, just before he retired.

He married Faye Grammer on July 17, 1964. He was baptized as a Jehovahs Witness in 1965. In 1969, he moved with his wife and two daughters from the San Francisco Bay Area to Kenai, Alaska.

Mr. Cerepa worked for Tesoro Refinery at Nikiski, Alaska from 1970 to 1977 and then for Atlantic Ritchfield Co. at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, from February 1977 to January 1995.

He and his wife owned Peninsula Nutrition Center in Kenai for six years. They moved to Gold Beach in November 1997 to retire.

He enjoyed reading and listening to classical music. His hobbies were building model cars, planes and trains. He liked to fly kites, ride bikes and comb the beach for agates with his wife.

During his 28 years on the Kenai Peninsula he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gold panning.

Survivors are his wife of 36 years; daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Ray Merritt of Soldotna, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law Becky and Jeff Patsey, Fair Oaks, Calif.; grandchildren Nicole and Connor Patsey, Fair Oaks, Calif.; sisters May Grube, Niles, Ill.; Violet Louis, Shasta Lake City, Calif.; Winnifred Andrews, Florida; Annie Cullis, Redding, Calif.; brothers John Cerepa, Chicago, Ill.; Jerry Cerepa, Shasta Lake City;

Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers Phil and Richard; sister Stella.

A memorial service is scheduled for today (Feb. 10) at 2 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, 94131 Fifth Place, Gold Beach.

The audio portion will be transmitted live to services in Alaska, Hawaii and California.

Cremation was at Port Orford Funeral Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Curry County Hospice, P.O. Box 746, Gold Beach, OR 97444.