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Charles Knipple, 78, died March 17, 2005, in Yuma, Ariz.
He was born Feb. 17, 1927, and moved to Juneau with his parents in 1946. He then went to Ladd Field in Fairbanks to work with the road commission. He was part of the first crew to begin construction of Eielson Air Force Base. He returned to Juneau and was employed by Alaska Coastal Airlines. After the Coast-al/Alaska Airlines merger, he and his wife, Miriam, moved in 1976 to Seattle, where he completed his 40-year airline career, retiring in 1989. They settled in Yuma in 2003 after 11 years traveling the U.S. and Canada in their motorhome.
He was a member of the Juneau Volunteer Fire Department and was a lifetime member of Juneau Elks Lodge No. 420.
A memorial service is planned in Juneau at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, Calif., 95817.