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Wasilla resident and former longtime Nome resident Roscoe J. Wilke, 84, died May 28, 2007, after a brief illness at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Palmer.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Wasilla VFW Post 9365.
Roscoe was born Jan. 7, 1923, in Nekoosa, Wis. He married Doris Swenson in 1943 while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
They moved to Nome in 1948 and Roscoe went back into the service during the Korean conflict before returning to Nome in 1953. There he served in the Alaska Territorial National Guard and was a deputy U.S. marshal.
In Nome he operated several businesses and was an employee of Wien Airlines and the Nome School District. Heavily involved in community affairs, he was elected mayor of Nome and was a longtime city councilman. Active in many civic organizations, Roscoe was a charter member of the Bering Sea Lions Club and spent countless hours raising money for various causes.
In 1984, Roscoe and Doris retired to Wasilla, where he joined several veterans groups and continued his tireless community involvement. He was past post commander of both AmVets and VFW.
His family wrote: "He will be remembered for his motto, 'Ants Never Sleep.' "
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 100, Anchorage 99503.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, in 1991, and son-in-law, Pat Norbert.
He is survived by his daughter, Diane Norbert of Oregon and Alaska; grandson, P.R. Norbert, who serves in the U.S. Navy; his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Lisa Wilke of Anchorage; and numerous nephews and nieces in the Lower 48.
Local arrangements are with Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
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