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Knopp funeral set for Saturday in Soldotna

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The memorial service for Rep. Gary Knopp, who died in a midair plane collision last Friday, is set for noon, Saturday, Aug. 8, in Soldotna at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. The event is open to the public but space and seating will be limited due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Overflow seating will be available in the Fireweed Hall and O’Neill Hall with funeral live-streamed on monitors. Attendees are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

A reception will follow immediately after at Hutchings Auto Spa, 44110 Sterling Highway. Food will not be provided due to the pandemic, but the Hearth Eatery food truck will be present for food purchases.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the church in Knopp’s name. Condolences may be sent to Helen Knopp, 50465 Patrick Drive, Kenai, Alaska 99611.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Segregated seating and social distancing required. On the right, the majority of House members who lived in the minority for the past two years. On the left, Democrats and turncoats who make up the minority, but served in the majority.

    • Confusing as much as the man who started it all in January 2019. Hopefully, the election will straighten it out. RIP.

  • Condolences to Gary’s wife and family. Not the way I wanted him removed from the legislature.

    • Not the way six people in the Beaver wanted to be removed either.

      • Arrogance in politics can be a long lasting trait. Arrogance in the cockpit……… ….. not so much.

  • I hope this man’s troubled and confused soul finds peace, finally.

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