Leander Edward ‘Rocky’ Kondzela

Leander Edward “Rocky” Kondzela, 95, died on April 5, 2020, in Ketchikan.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1924, in Elmhurst, Wisconsin.

Mr. Kondzela attended Farragut College and Technical Institute in Farragut, Idaho, where he studied electrical engineering.

He served in the active duty U.S. Navy from March 1943 through March 1946.

While serving during World War II, he worked as an aviation radioman aboard a PBY aircraft in the South Pacific. From March 1946 through Dec. 1955, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

He resided in Edgar, Wisconsin; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and  70 years in Southeast Alaska

He was married on April 5, 1956, in Ketchikan.

Mr. Kondzela worked as a commercial truck driver, fuel hauler and a warehouseman at Standard Oil Company, Chevron and Ingraham Oil Company.

He was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Moose.

He enjoyed gardening, growing mushrooms, tinkering in the garage, car trips and travel adventures off the beaten path, his family writes.

Mr. Kondzela was preceded in death by his wife, Ethelbelle “Pete” Kondzela; brothers, Henry Kondzela, John Kondzela and Bill Kondzela; and sister, Rose Kondzela.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kim Cool and Bill Cool of Ketchikan; son and daughter-in-law Kurt Kondzela and Chris Kondzela of Juneau; granddaughter, Sarah Cool of Spokane, Washington; sisters, Lori Wedderien of Kingman, Arizona, and Phyllis Rodesch of Edgar; brother, Raymond Kondzela of Merrill, Wisconsin; and neighbors and close friends, Bob and Lisa Doyon of Ketchikan.

Details of a service will be announced at a later date.