BENCH DEDICATED – Dick Kauffman of Alamo, California, left, takes a photo of a tiled bench dedicated to the memory of his son, Ryan Kauffman, during a ceremony at Sandy Beach Saturday afternoon. The bench created by California artist Susana Arias was placed with the help of Ryan Kauffman's friend and fellow surfer Rick Jarvill. Ryan, who died of brain cancer in 2015, made hundreds of friends during his 15 years in Sitka as an outdoor enthusiast, guide, youth mentor and health promoter. A cookbook, which he illustrated, with recipes made by Sitka community members during his illness is for sale at Old Harbor Books with funds raised going to support palliative care in Sitka. His widow, Kristen Green, and mother, Tina, helped unveil the bench Saturday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Former Resident Larry Loitz Dies

Larry Loitz

Services Nov. 9

Former Sitka resident Lawrence “Larry” Loitz, 74, passed away on Oct. 28, 2018, at Mat-Su Regional Hospital.
Larry was born on March 12, 1944, to Farnum and Lilly Loitz in Shelton, Wash. In 1959, when he was 15 years old, his family moved to Sitka, for employment at the new pulp mill. After Sitka High School, Larry worked for Alaska Lumber & Pulp, from 1962 to 1994.
Larry married his second wife and surviving spouse, Joyce, in 1985.
Larry was a Sitka Volunteer Firefighter between 1969 and 1993. He was an avid snowmobiler in winter on Harbor Mountain and sometimes in Juneau.
When Alaska Lumber & Pulp closed in 1993, he and his family moved to Wasilla, where he started his own septic tank/leech field installation company, Aardvark Enterprises, which he operated from 1996 to 2003. He later worked in transportation at Job Corps in Palmer, from 1996 to 2011.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Loitz.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Loitz of Wasilla; his four children, Tammy Loitz of Nickerson, Kansas, Trace Horrace of Fairbanks, Jason Loitz of Wasilla, and Ashley Blatchford (Quincy) of Kenai; his sister, Marilyn Hawley of Bellingham, Wash.; and his six grandchildren, Robert Horrace, Victoria Horrace, Tristan Loitz, Hanna Horrace, Paige Loitz, and Kyle Loitz.
Services are to be held at the Palmer Elks Lodge, 2600 N. Barrys Resort Dr.ive, Wasilla, on Nov. 9, at 6 p.m., with potluck meal to follow.
Condolences may be sent c/o 481 Trent Circle, Wasilla, AK 99654.

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