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Former longtime Anchorage resident Cyrus Walker Plimpton, 86, died Aug. 3, 2007, in Walla, Walla, Wash. A graveside service at Angelus Memorial Cementery in Anchorage is pending.
Cy was born Oct. 6, 1920, in Seattle.
In September 1944, Cy met the love of his life.
"As was the custom during times of war, he married his bride, Lilly Fay, on Oct. 16, 1944, after a whirlwind courtship," his family wrote. "Nine days later, he said goodbye to his new bride and shipped off from Seattle to World War II as an able seaman with the Merchant Marines. It was while he served aboard a Liberty Ship named the William Sharon that a kamikaze plane hit his ship.
"Cy and his family made the pioneering trek to Anchorage in 1952. Cy worked many years for Arctic Music repairing jukeboxes, pinball and cigarette machines. Cy also owned Anchorage Amusement Co. In 1962, Cy went to work for the State of Alaska in the Communications Department. After the 1964 earthquake, Cy received a commendation for his efforts in bringing Alaska communications back online. Cy retired from the state after 15 years and then worked for Wirecom on the North Slope during the pipeline boom.
"Cy graduated from Bible College at Abbott Loop Christian Center.
"Cy enjoyed ham radio, chess, learning Spanish, road trips, playing the clarinet, piano and accordion, cats and a good cup of coffee.
"Cy will be remembered for his devotion to his wife, Lilly, his passion for Jesus, his love of cats and his great sense of humor."
Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Eric Reinikka; grandchildren and spouses, Erica and David Draper, Michelle Plimpton, Erin and Greg Lynch, Nicole and Aaron Sweeney and Danielle Plimpton; great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Camryn Sweeney; many nieces and nephews; and his friend, Emma the cat.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Lilly, and son, Michael.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army Clitheroe Center in Anchorage in memory of Michael Plimpton.
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