James Gattenby Obituary

James Hickman Gattenby
James Hickman Gattenby

September 17, 1939 - July 29, 2020
Born in Konowa, Oklahoma
Resided in Soldotna, Alaska


James H. Gattenby 80 years old, best known as Jim "Gat" was a fifty-two-year resident of Soldotna, AK. Jim passed away on Wednesday July 29, 2020 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was born on September 17, 1939 in Konawa, Oklahoma and moved to Caruthers, California at an early age. Jim was the youngest of eleven children of Delbert and Maude (Lambert) Gattenby.

Jim graduated from Caruthers High School in California in 1958 and following high school went to work in the oil fields. He married the love of his life Christine Merrow in 1960 and they experienced a loving relationship for 60 years.

Jim brought his family to Alaska in 1968 for a new adventure! An avid outdoorsman Jim fell in love with Alaska for its spectacular fishing and hunting opportunities. He mentored his two sons, two grandsons and two great grandsons and one great granddaughter in the ways to successfully put food on the table.

He went to work shortly after arriving in Alaska as a Millwright for Colliers Chemical Plant, Arco, Quick construction and numerous positions all over the State of Alaska. Jim's exceptional skills were in high demand. He passed on his skills in his craft to many as an instructor for the Kenai Peninsula College and again as an instructor for seven years with the Alaska State Millwright Apprenticeship Program.

Jim became a Mason in 1971 and Master of Kenai Lodge # 11 in 2005. A Shriner in 1972, advancing to become the Al Aska Shriners Potentate in 2008. Being a member of these organization was one of the proudest accomplishments of his life.

Jim is survived by his wife, Christine; two sons, Gene and daughter in law Cherie Maurice, Karl and daughter in law Nelda. Grandchildren; Jonathen and wife Becky, Jimmy and his significant other Ashley Denym. Three great-grandchildren; Hunter, Huckson, Maddison, four step grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers memorial gifts for Jim can be made to the Al Aska Shrine Temple Travel Fund by mail to 1930 E. Northern Lts Anchorage, AK 99508 or by email to akshrineoffice@gmail.com.

Due to the Coronavirus, a service will be held at a later date at the Kenai Soldotna Shrine Club. A Graveside Service will be held at the Soldotna Community Memorial Park 600 West Redoubt Ave Soldotna, AK also at a later date

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