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Charles Leon "Charlie Brown" Shaver

NIKISKI, Alaska -- Charles Leon "Charlie Brown" Shaver, 78, of Nikiski, Alaska, and formerly of Grand Island, died on March 6, 2004, while vacationing in Las Vegas, Nev.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kenai Moose Family Center in Kenai, Alaska. The Rev. John Henry will officiate. VFW Post 10046 will be performing military honors.

Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Shaver was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Grand Island to Leon and Olive Shaver.

Survivors of the immediate family include four daughters, Margo Chilson of Nikiski, Alaska, Julie Winslett of Greeley, Colo., and Faye Shaver-Simons and Delores Lapalio, both of Hawaii; and three sons, Bill Shaver, Charles "Chuck" Shaver and James Shaver, all of Hawaii.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and various other nieces and nephews.

Charlie, or "Charlie Brown" as he was known to most of his Alaskan friends, was raised in Nebraska until joining the U.S. Navy in 1942, at the age of 17. He proudly served his country for the next 20-plus years, retiring from active service in 1963, having attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer E-7.

After retiring from the Navy, Charlie worked for Crowley Maritime and Foss Tug & Barge. In 1965 he moved to Alaska, where he worked in Cook Inlet, helping to set many of the original oil platforms.

As a member of Operating Engineers Local Union 302, Charlie remained in Alaska, working in a variety of locations around the state, including the North Slope and Prudhoe Bay.

Charlie retired in 1986.

Charlie always had a smile on his face, had that truly unmistakable laugh and never understood the term "stranger," as he was always willing to lend a hand to help anyone in need. Charlie truly loved his country and was a steadfast and loyal friend.

Charlie enjoyed snow machining and was an avid professional football fan (as evidenced by his many trips to the Pro Bowl).

Charlie enjoyed "gambling" and made frequent trips to Las Vegas for that purpose.

Charlie was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 20, the Elks Club Lodge 2425 and the Moose Lodge 1942. Most of all, Charlie was just one of those truly "nice guys," who will be missed by both family and countless friends alike.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Olive Shaver; his brother, Bill Shaver; and daughter, Cynthia Shaver.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Source: The Grand Island Independent, 10 April 2004




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