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Friends Remembered Home | Friends Detail

Mark J Kelliher (KL7TQ)

February 27, 2010

It is with a saddened heart and lowered mics that we report that one of our beloved Alaska Radio Operators has become a silent key. If you had ever had the opportunity to have had a QSO with Mark (KL7TQ) you probably would have walked away with more knowledge than when you started and with a smile on your face, I know that I did. The streets of heaven are filled with angels tonight: One of those angels is a beloved Alaskan Amateur Radio Operator, taken too young; however doing what he loved to do. Mark J Kelliher, KL7TQ, Passed away Saturday the 27th 2010 from a heart attack in McGrath, Alaska while assisting in the Iditarod Race preparations, and placed to rest at the Fort Richardson Cemetery on Monday March 8th at 1430 hrs. Born in 1942 in Springfield Massachusetts Mark was the Third child of Mark and Mary Kelliher. After a tour in the Army where Mark met and married Hanne he pursued his lifelong dream of working with electronics, first at China Lake Naval Weapons Center, then later working for the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1974 Mark and the family moved to Alaska fulfilling yet another lifelong dream. He enjoyed being outdoors in Alaska, whether it was flying his Super Cub, hunting, fishing, camping, or boating. He was an assistant hunting guide for many years, proudly served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 230 in Eagle River, and was an active member of St. Andrews Catholic Church. After retiring he volunteered more of his time to different groups, including the Iditarod, amateur radio (KL7TQ), and St. Andrews. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin, with his grandchildren, as well as helping out his sons on their various projects, whether it was fixing a boat or adding on to a house. He especially enjoyed and took great pride in assuring that the Army Reserves, Marine Corps Reserves, as well as other groups had a Santa for their Christmas activities to bring smiles to children's faces. His knowledge and advice will be missed, but will continue to be used by all he has touched. We love you. Mark is survived by his wife, Hanne, sister Patty, sons Sean, Mark (Chris), grandchildren Olin and Tia, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless close friends that were family to him. Mark was preceded in Death by his parents, Sister Joyce, and niece Joyce. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the building fund, St Andrews Catholic Church, Eagle River, Alaska. 73 Mark, the Amateur Radio Community will miss you and your everlasting smile. --... ...-- .-. . ... - .. -. .--. . .- -.-. .

Contributed by: Pete Summers (KL2GY)

Although I remember Mark, I didn't get to know him well. I am sorry to hear of his passing. R.I.P. Frank KL7IPV

Contributed by: Frank Drake (KL7IPV)

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