Whittier resident Richard "Rick" Dean Singsaas, 60, died March 13, 2010, while working in the Whittier Railroad Port area in Whittier.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Fort Richardson Chapel, with burial after the service. There will be a gathering for family and friends at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel at 4800 Spenard Road after the services.
Rick was born June 27, 1949, in Mountain Lake, Minn. He graduated from Mountain Lake High School and attended college in Marshall, Minn. He joined the Marine Corps and received a Purple Heart. He was a very proud Marine. After his Vietnam tour, he worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a conductor/brakeman.
Dreams of adventures drew him to Alaska, and he continued his career working for the Alaska Railroad.
Rick made lasting friends while in Alaska and raised two beautiful children. Rick was an avid lover of Prince William Sound and all that goes with sailing across the waters.
His friends said, "Rick was honest, caring, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was someone you could count on. He enjoyed giving people his time and was always talking about retiring and sailing away. He loved Alaska and he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him."
Rick is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael Singsaas and Rocky Plotnick, Donald and Marcia Singsaas; daughter, Athena Piper Singsaas; and son, Tristan Zachary Singsaas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rick Singsaas Fund at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, Account No. 119953. Make checks out to Rick Singsaas Fund. Cash and electronic transfers must be made in person.
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