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Charles 'Chuck' Weir

Charles "Chuck" Weir, 78, of Blackwell, Okla., died April 7, 2010, at his residence.

He was born June 21, 1931, in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert and Genevieve (Young) Weir.

Chuck requested no funeral but asked to be cremated and his ashes flown over the Alaska mountains, to be dispersed through the sky of the Last Frontier.

Chuck grew up and attended school in Parkville, Mo. After high school, he attended the University of Missouri but interrupted his college career to join the Air Force. Chuck was honorably discharged in 1955.

In 1957, he married Betty June Ellis and in 1958 he flew his bride in a tiny two-seater Super Cub to Alaska. There they made their home until 2008, when they moved to Blackwell.

Chuck first joined his brother, Bill Harvey, as a commercial bush pilot for Harvey's Flying Service in Kodiak. Later he flew for McDermott Oil Co., taking crew and management personnel to the North Slope. Chuck also worked as an insurance agent in Anchorage for several years.

He was a member of Quiet Birdman, the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation, and helped organize the annual Widgeon fly-in held at Big Lake.

During his free time, he enjoyed the great outdoors either fishing, hunting, flying or working with wood. Most of all, he was a devoted dad and proud grandpa of his four grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Blackwell; one son, David Charles Weir of Anchorage; one daughter, Anne Weir Wyckoff and husband Larry of Blackwell; four grandchildren, Jonathon, Steven and Sarah Wyckoff, and Kyle Weir; one brother, Bob Weir and his wife Charlotte of Claremore, Okla.; his sister-in-law, Lola Harvey of Kodiak; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Bill Harvey.

Memorials may be made to the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation in care of Blackwell Funeral Home, 301 W. Blackwell Ave., Blackwell, OK 74631.

 Source: Anchorage Daily News, 10 April 2010



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