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Lifelong Alaskan and Kodiak Island resident Erik Alan Lochman was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 13, 2007, near Cane Creek in the Brooks Range. He was 36.
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He was born May 30, 1971, in Kodiak, where lived until 2003, when he married Kathy Streveler on Long Island. They moved to her hometown of Gustavus, where they started their construction business, Fairweather Construction.
He worked toward perfection in everything he did and accomplished much in his lifetime, his family said. There wasn't anything he couldn't do in life when he put his mind to it. He worked hard, played hard and lived life wholeheartedly with excitement and ambition, they said.
He started work when he was 9 years old, catching and selling crab bait. He excelled in sports, playing basketball and baseball throughout his high school years until graduating from Kodiak High School in 1989.
He commercial fished and worked for Anderson Construction as a laborer, mechanic and operator for 14 years. He was an avid hunter who welcomed challenges and enjoyed overcoming obstacles, said his family. He was most in his element when working hard, hunting, fishing or pulling practical jokes - at which he was most unusually talented, they said.
Erik loved to be outdoors and took every opportunity to share the outdoors with those he loved most. He valued family and friends and spent time making sure that those he cared about were included in his life and his interests, his family said.
He enjoyed spending time with those he loved and was a good friend to many, pushing those around him to excel at anything they undertook. His work ethic and attention to detail was well-known. In just a few years, the company that he and his wife, Kathy, started in Gustavus quickly grew to become a dependable, successful business, his family said.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Kristine Karlsson, in March 2006.
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Roberta Lochman; wife, Kathy Lochman, of Gustavus; in-laws, Greg Streveler and Judy Brakel; sister, Tracy Anderson and her husband, Mike, and their children, Taylor, Meagan and Patrick; Kristine Karlsson's children, Izak Lochman and Lukas Karlsson; brother, Alvin Lochman and his wife, Natashia, and their children, Joshua and Alexa; cousin, Julie Kavanaugh and her husband, Ron, and their children, Miranda, Sylvia and Garrett, all of Kodiak; uncle and aunt, Don Lochman and Judy Stratton, of Oregon; and grandparents, Mel and Francis Pfel, of Anchorage.
A celebration of life will be held in Gustavus and Kodiak. The Gustavus rememberance will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Fjord Flying Hangar. The Kodiak remembrance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the home of Mike and Tracy Anderson, 3364 Spruce Cape Road. In lieu of flowers, pictures or stories of Erik can be sent to Kathy Lochman, P.O. Box 252, Gustavus, AK 99826.