Michael Joseph Szidloski, 69 of Delta Junction, known to many as “Ski”, passed away November 3, 2014 due to injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.
He was born to Sylvester and Mary (Frederick) Szidloski on June 6, 1945 in Franklin Township, New Jersey. After graduating from Hackettstown High School in 1963, he joined the Marine Corps. He served four years active duty which included an 18 month tour in Vietnam. He got out of the Marines but found he missed the Corps. He joined a Marine Reserve Unit based at Picatinny Arsenal and spent many years as a Reserve on Active Duty. He served his last four Marine years as a recruiter for Sussex County, New Jersey. In 1980, he switched to the Army and became a Calibration Specialist. He retired out of Ft Greely in 1992.
He held various jobs after retiring, but his favorite was cooking for others. He worked in the kitchens of many of the restaurants in Delta as well as the Sportsman’s Club and the Moose Lodges in Delta and Fairbanks. He was forced to give this pastime up in 2009 due to health issues. He was exploring making pickles, sausage, jerky, herb vinegars and putting up what he could grow in the garden.
Ski was a member of American Legion Jack Warren Post 22 where he served as Commander for two years, a Life Member of VFW Post #10450, Marine Corps League Fairbanks Detachment, the Loyal Order of Moose Delta Clearwater Lodge #911 where he served as Governor May 2008 – November 2009 and Life Member of Interior Moose Legion #216. He had earned the Fellowship Degree of Honor as a Moose member.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester, step-father Howard Burd and son Carl.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Julie, of Delta Junction, children Mary (Terry) Oestreich, Laurie Haller, Michaela Szidloski all of NJ, Michael, II (Cari), Stephan, Jeanie (Dane) and Thomas all of Fairbanks. Grandchildren Eric (Mary) Goodyear of NJ, Jessica Primavera of MA, Crystal Primavera of WV, Adam Cason, Rachel Szidloski, and Melody Szidloski all of NJ. Great-grandchildren Stella Idle of NJ and Dante Wolfe Primavera of WV. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Burd, brothers Robert Burd and Roger Burd all of NJ and “adopted” son, Kyle Egeland of Fairbanks.
A memorial service will be held at the Delta Clearwater Moose Lodge in Delta Junction on Saturday, December 13 at 1:30 pm.