Ralph Gordon Baranow died at his home in Eagle River on Feb. 26, 2013. A memorial mass was held March 6 at St Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River.
Mr. Baranow as born Oct. 18, 1932 to Eve Louko and Ralph J. Baranow in Chicago, Ill. He graduated high school in Washburn, Wisc. and entered the United States Navy, where he served honorably in the submarine service during the Korean conflict. He married Irene M. McKinnon — his high school sweetheart — and they celebrated 58 years of marriage in June, 2012.
After a short stint in San Juan, Puerto Rico following his military service, Mr. Baranow took a position as a technician on the DEW Line on Alaska’s North Slope, arriving in Alaska in 1957. In 1960, he moved his family to Alaska, where they lived in the DeBarr Road area and in South Anchorage. He remained with the RCA company, and its successors, for some fifty-six years until ultimately retiring from AT&T just one week before he died.
Following the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, the family moved to Eagle River, where Ralph and Irene raised their three sons, David, Richard and Gregory, and their daughter, Barbara.
Mr. Baranow was instrumental in forming the first Cub Scout Pack in Eagle River, Pack 223, earning the highest honor for adult scouters, the Silver Beaver. He enjoyed coaching hockey for many years with both the Mustang Hockey Association and the Anchorage Hockey Association. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Alaska Firebirds, a competitive hockey program for girls.
Throughout his life, Mr. Baranow had a love of collecting stamps and was a long time member of the Anchorage Philatelic Society. He also was very active as a lector and choir member, and was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus in his home parish.
“He was well-known throughout the local community, and his generosity to all and friendly manner were his hallmark,” his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; their four children; and five grandchildren, Courtney and Ashley Baranow, Leif Baranow, and Reef and Jacaranda Rubacher; brother, Thomas Louko of Ashland, Wisco.; and many cousins and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, the family requests that each of Ralph’s friends and neighbors spend a little extra special time with their families and friends, and to enjoy the invaluable love, laughter and life that comes from making the effort