Otto Majewske Obituary

Otto Paul Majewske
Otto Paul Majewske

September 19, 1922 - September 22, 2020
Born in International Falls, Minnesota
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


Anchorage, Alaska, resident Otto Paul Majewske passed away on Sept. 22, 2020.

Otto was born to immigrants, Emilie and Adam Majewske in International Falls, Minn., on Sept. 19, 1924.

A World War II veteran, after graduation from Falls High School, class of '42, he served in the Army Air Corps in the American Theater, New Guinea, and the Philippines.

He attended the University of Minnesota on the GI Bill and earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in geology; his master's thesis formed the basis for a field trip at the 1956 Geological Society of America Convention.

In 1950, Otto was awarded an Air Force commission, then served in the Reserve during the Korean War. In the same year, he married Marie Gust Palmer and became the stepfather of a 7-year-old son.

Otto was employed by Shell Development Company, a division of Shell Oil, as a research geologist from 1953 to 1966. He left Shell to continue his education at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. His dissertation was published in the Netherlands and received international distribution.

He joined Atlantic Richfield Company in 1969, and came to Alaska in 1974 with his wife and grandchildren when the injunction against the pipeline was lifted. He retired from Arco Alaska in 1985.

In retirement, Otto and Marie enjoyed walks along the Coastal Trail, fishing for halibut, watching old movies and watching their family grow and develop. He was predeceased by brothers, Leon and Paul; his parents; stepson, Richard David Palmer; and his wife, Marie of 68 years. He is survived by his grandchildren, Harvey (Jessica Sokol) Palmer, Rickie Jean (Brian) Lynch and Michelle (Robert) Taylor; great-grandchildren, Charles and Shelby Lynch, Rhys Dupuis, Kane and Armand Palmer, Maxine and Josephine Taylor and Richelle (Alexandr) Taylor Dubovyk.

Memorial services will be held on Oct. 17, 2020, at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick's Parish, followed by a Celebration of Life open-house from 1-4 p.m., at the family home, 4002 Kingston Drive in Anchorage The memorial service will also be livestreamed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VFW of Alaska by contacting Jessica at and/or St. Patrick's Parish Deacon's Fund at

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