Ronald R. Markiewicz, 74, died Dec. 27, 2020, in Ketchikan.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1946, in Buffalo, New York.
He graduated from Seneca Vocational High School in 1964, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969.
He was married in June 1983 in Yreka, California.
In addition to Buffalo, Mr. Markiewicz resided in Glendale, California; Yreka and Anchorage before moving to Ketchikan in 1989.
Mr. Markiewicz was employed as a telephone lineman for Ketchikan Public Utilities, beginning in 1989.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Mr. Markiewicz enjoyed boating, hunting and camping.
“He was an avid outdoorsman and was happiest enjoying the Alaskan life with friends and family, rain or shine,” his family writes. “When not outside, he appreciated a quality nonfiction book. He loved to travel by road, as long as those joining him in the car were good company.
He enjoyed the western part of the United States, and spoke fondly of his recreation, travels and work memories across Arizona, Nevada, northern California and Alaska.
“He met a lot of great people along the way, and talked about life as a journey and not a destination,” his family writes. “ He was an observant and contemplative individual who always stood by his principles. ... He will be missed by many and his wise words will be remembered.”
Mr. Markiewicz was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Markiewicz and Florence Markiewicz; wife, Jody Markiewicz; grandparents on both sides; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is survived by his daughter, Katy Markiewicz and her husband, Shawn Farazi, of Washington state; brother, Al Markiewicz of Fairbanks; sister, Sandra Ginter and her husband, John Ginter, of Buffalo; nephews, Jason Ginter and his wife, LuAnn, and Justin Ginter, of Juneau; great-nephews, Kane and Logan Ginter of Juneau; and granddaughter, Layla Farazi of Washington state.
No services are planned, due to COVID-19.