James Peter Kulievan

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 11:57

Longtime Alaskan and Eagle River resident James Peter Kulievan died on Aug. 14, 2012 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 71.

Mr. Kulievan was born Oct. 20, 1940 at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, Calif. He attended Yountville Grammar School, graduated from Napa Senior High and served in the U.S. Army.

He moved to Alaska in 1971. He worked on an oil rig in Cook Inlet for a short time, Enstar Natural gas for 18 years and then went to work for ASRC on the North Slope as a heavy equipment operator, where he retired in 2002.

Jim was known as “Kulie” to his Alaskan friends and family. He loved Alaska and enjoyed four-wheeling, snow-machine trail riding, 4 p.m. safety meetings with the guys, motor home camping with his friends and watching NASCAR races.

After he retired, he spent winters in Pahrump, Nev., where he continued motor home camping in the sun.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Littleton; brother, Gene Kulievan (and wife Barbara), of Tunas, Mo.; sister, Clarisse Kulievan Evans (and husband Tim), along with the couple’s two sons, Ross and Peter Evans, all of Brea, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Charles Kulievan and Janet Gillies Kulievan of Napa, Calif.; and his grandparents.

A celebration of life will be held at the Eagle River Elks Lodge on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. His ashes will be sprinkled on Lake Louise on Sept. 8 at 4 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at the Lake Louise Lodge.

Per his wishes, donations in place of flowers can be made to a memorial fund for the Eagle River Lions Park. The fund has been set up with the Lions, and donations can be sent to them at P.O. Box 1046, Eagle River, AK, 99577.

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