Robert John Check, 74, Wasilla, Alaska, a Stevens Point native and brother of a Plover man, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at his home. Death was attributed to health reasons, most notably congestive heart disease and diabetes.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2014, at the Elks Lodge in Palmer, Alaska.
Mr. Check was born Robert Delano Check Oct. 30, 1939, in Stevens Point, the first child of Sylvester and Stacia (Guth) Check. He was raised and schooled in Wisconsin, graduating from both high school and the university in Stevens Point.
He began hunting and fishing at a young age, and started his love for theater in high school. He majored in English, French and speech and followed in his mother’s footsteps by becoming a teacher. His first teaching job was in Gillett, Wis. Later he worked a few months as a baker at Point Bakery.
In September 1969, he headed for Alaska in his ’64 Cutlass, where his first job was with the Alaska Railroad. Three months later, he accepted a teaching job in the town of Wasilla, Alaska. Two of his notable students were Sarah Palin (former governor) and Chad Carpenter (“Tundra Comics” cartoonist).
Summers were spent in his huge garden and mowing his back yard “maze,” making award-winning wines and beer, fishing and hosting family and friends to show off Alaska. He retired in 1995 after 25 years at Wasilla High School.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and committed to the North American Hunting Club, the U.S. Olympic shooting team and the Palmer Elks Lodge, where he was Past Exalted Ruler.
Survivors include four siblings, George (Mary) Check, Plover, Carol (Jim) Kojis, Hudson, Patricia Check, Wasilla, Alaska, and Dan (Jamie) Check, Calabash, N.C.; one nephew, Kurtis (Rochelle) Check; two great-nephews; one great-niece; and several godchildren.