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Thomas L. Riensch
Wasilla resident Thomas L. Riensch, 58, died April 17, 2007, at Alaska Regional Hospital, just three weeks before his 59th birthday. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Linda; his son, Brenan Searain; and his daughters and sons-in-law, Cristy and Jason Cowitz, and Dawn and Donald Jenkins.
Tom asked to be cremated and his ashes spread by Donny Jenkins in a quiet farewell by his family and close friends at his favorite fishing spot.
Tom was born May 12, 1948, in Pueblo, Colo., the second of six sons of Paul and Marjorie Riensch.
He moved to Alaska in 1989 and quickly learned and loved what Alaska had to offer. He participated in many a Fur Rendezvous snow sculpture contest and some of the sculptures he helped create were shown in later years' advertisements.
Tom was a carpet, tile and vinyl installer for over 30 years in his home state of Colorado and here in Alaska.
He enjoyed riding, rebuilding and showing off his many motorcycles and his Mazda RX7s. He was an artist and received his degree from Palmer Community College in Palmer, Wyo.
His family wrote: "He made friends easily and was a good friend to many.
"The children remember many wonderful vacations he took them on touring the Lower 48 states.
His 11 grandchildren, who were the most important thing in his life, will remember him watching the History Channel on TV. His grandchildren thought he was the smartest guy in the world because he could tell them so many things about which they were learning in school because he could practically recite most of the topics shown on these programs."
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Riensch; brother, Dennis Riensch; and nephew, Dustin Riensch.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Riensch; daughters and sons-in-law, Cristy and Jason Cowitz, and Dawn and Donald Jenkins of Alaska; son, Brenan Searain of Colorado; grandchildren, David, Audrey, Glenn, Angela, Hannah, Kiah, Halley, Broc, Samantha, Jordon and Austin; father, Paul Riensch and his wife, Pat; brothers, Kenny, Marvin, Randy and Tim Riensch of Colorado; brother-in-law, Dale Toynton of Colorado; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Toynton, Cherie Nichols, and Joanne Womack-Mathias of Colorado; and many nephews and nieces of Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alaska Diabetes Foundation.
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