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Leo Apapapyoc Kunnuk III


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Lifelong Alaska resident Leo Apapapyoc Kunnuk III, 54, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, surrounding by his family. Leo was born in Seward on Jan. 15, 1963, to Leo and Olga Kunnuk.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seward at 2 p.m.. The ceremony was officiated by Father Richard Tero.

In his teen years, Leo worked at Dorothy's Lounge to help his parents support the family. He later worked as a longshoreman for several years, until his health hindered him from working any more.

Jr. truly enjoyed parties and never missed any birthday or event that involved family. He was an avid fisherman and dedicated to his family.

Jr's family says that "he loved deeply and was known to tease every niece and nephew by flicking their nose, and eventually was nicknamed "Uncle Flicka." He had this knack of when he knew one of them was sleeping, he would find a feather or piece of hair and rub under their noses and watch as they slapped themselves. He and his nephew Zac spent many years scoping out shops for baseball cards and would make sure that each and every one was perfect in their plastic cover. He also spent many years taking care of his father, Leo Jr., and was also known for his love of Pepsi and ruffled chips. His family will deeply miss his constant jokes about "getting his fix and we couldn't have any."

Leo was preceded in death by his father, Leo Kunnuk Jr., his mother, Olga, and brothers Roy and Herbert.

Leo Kunnuk III is survived by his sisters, Leona Mayac of Nome, Debbie Rock of Seward, and Irene Pipkin of Soldotna, and his brother Steven Kunnuk of Seward, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.


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