Our beloved father, pa, brother, uncle, companion and friend to many, Dan Koudelka, died May
8th, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Dan was born March 24th, 1941, in Iowa City, Iowa.
His family moved to Fairbanks in 1946. He began his schooling in the basement of the
Immaculate Conception Church, and graduated from Monroe High School in 1960. He then
moved to Los Angeles to attend auto mechanics school. While in school he began working as
a parking lot attendant. He loved this job, which gave him the opportunity to drive the classics
of the day, feeding his lifelong love for cars and providing him with the ability to name make
and model of most older cars on the road, impressing those around him.
After finishing school in Los Angeles, Dan returned to Fairbanks and joined the Alaska Army
National Guard and continued to date Karen Haynes whom he had met in high school.
A third generation sheet metal worker, Dan joined the Sheet Metal Union (Local 72 & 23) in
1963 as an apprentice. He spent the next 40 years building lifelong friendships and becoming a
self proclaimed "Master Crapsman" with the ability to fabricate anything out of metal.
Dan married Karen Haynes in 1964 and they began their family in 1965 with the birth of their
first son, Ken. Over the next nine years they grew their family having two more sons, Keith and
Kurt and one beautiful daughter, Kristine.
Over the years, Dan shared his love of life with his family. Although his children enjoy many
great memories, they are especially fond of his drives to no particular place while enjoying the
beauty of Alaska.
Dan retired from sheet metal work in 2003 but continued to look forward to his coffee visits
with his coworkers and friends at Holiday Parks. He also maintained his "Master Crapsman"
title by continuing small projects for family and friends.
In 2006, Dan suffered heartache when he lost Karen to lung cancer. She was laid to rest at
Northern Lights Memorial Park.
Six years later Dan was lucky enough to find love a second time with Candy Clyde, who
remained with him until his death.
Throughout his life, Dan was a friend to many, always offering a smile and a kind word. He will
be remembered fondly and missed by all those who loved him. Dan is survived by his special
dear friend of six years, Candy Clyde, his two sisters, Jean Ann Craig and Teka Berglin (and
her husband Bill), Dan's four children, Ken (Nadia), Keith (Sheila), Kristine Dahl (Steve) and Kurt
(Caroline); eight grandchilden; Ryan (Jordan), Aaron, Erica, Jace, Lauren, Hannah, Ashlyn and
Sydney and two great grandchildren; Vera and Margot.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church with a
rosary beginning at 11 :30. Services will follow at noon.
In June, after the thaw, Dan will be laid to rest beside Karen at Northern Lights Memorial Park.
The exact date and time will be determined at a later time.