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Former Juneau resident Paul Weston Misterek, 64, died Dec. 13, 2005, as the result of an accident while vacationing in Mexico.
He was born to Elmer and Ella Misterek on July 11, 1941, in Mitchell, S.D. He spent his early years in Delmont, S.D., and graduated from Delmont High School in 1959. He earned an engineering degree at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D., followed by military service in the United States Army in Germany.
Upon discharge from the service in 1965, he went to work for the Alaska Department of Highways in Juneau. In 1967 he accepted a position with the department in Valdez. In 1977 he became regional materials engineer in Fairbanks. He retired in 1997.
He enjoyed traveling, curling, reading, cooking, playing bridge, traveling and times out with friends on Prince William Sound. He was a board member of the Fairbanks Curling Club Foundation. He was active in the Fairbanks Chapter of Retired Public Employees of Alaska and served as treasurer.
His friends and family say that he "was most happy when he could host friends at his home where he prepared many excellent meals."
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law.
He is survived by his stepmother, Lula Belle Misterek of Stuart, Iowa; his four sisters, Linda Keefe and her husband Gerald of Sioux Falls, S.D., Carol Blake and her husband Clifton of Prescott, Ariz., Ruth Kato and her husband John of Juneau, and Joan La Fleur of Lakewood, Colo.; his stepsister, Sheryl Christensen and her husband Gerald of Stuart, Iowa; his three aunts, Edna Lloyd of Pflugerville, Tex., Esther Misterek of Mesa, Ariz. and Mary Misterek of Sisseton, S.D.; and seven nieces, four nephews, numerous cousins and friends.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m., Jan. 7, at the Fairbanks Curling Club. Interment will take place at a later date at Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Delmont, S.D. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Fairbanks Curling Club Foundation at 1962 Second Ave., Fairbanks, 99701, or to a charity of choice.