Longtime Alaskan and former Eagle River resident Harry John Buccilli, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 71.
Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 9 at Anchorage Funeral Home. Military honors were performed by the JBER Honor Guard.
He was born Feb. 19, 1942 to Ernie and Estelle Bottke in Highland Park, Mich. He graduated high school in 1960 from Dexter High School. He then entered into the U.S. Marine Corps, serving four years before joining the U.S. Army on March 22, 1965. He worked in the Criminal Investigation Department until he was honorably discharged. He became the first full time Chief of Police in Homer, Mich., before moving back to Alaska in 1969. He earned degree in police administration from the University of Alaska and worked with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He lived in Anchorage, where he was the owner of Driver’s Education School Inc. and Hightech Fingerprinting for over 35 years. He also lived in Eagle River and most recently moved to Homer. He enjoyed going to the movies, fishing, hunting and never missing an episode of Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.
“Captain Harry was a great father, husband and friend who will be deeply missed by everyone he knew. He was the most honest, generous, and kind person. No one will ever be able to tell a story quite like him. The ocean will soon be home to another lost fisherman,” wrote his family
He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, Sonia Buccilli of Homer; daughters, Elizabeth (Buccilli) Richardson of Comfort, Texas, Tandra Zitkus of Littleton, Colo. and Terika Kons of Redondo Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren, Ryan Richardson and Joey and Jordan Zitkus; granddaughter, Skyleigh Richardson; four great-grandchildren, Layton, Liam, Kaidyn and Landon Richardson; two brothers, Curtis and Ernie Bottke, both of Sebewaing, Mich.; and close friend Mr. B.
Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory. Visit Harry’s obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com.