Charles George Dobbins

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Longtime former Juneau resident Charles George Dobbins died suddenly June 13, 2010 in Ketchikan, where he was a resident of the Ketchikan Pioneer Home. He was 72.

Charlie's life was spent in Juneau on Auke Lake and intermittently in childhood on the floating cannery at Idaho Inlet. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and attended the Alaska Explorer Encampment at Eielson Air Force Base in 1952.

He graduated from JDHS in 1955, spent a summer working in a candy store in San Francisco, then served in the Army in Europe and the National Guard at home.

Among other jobs, he worked for ANICA as purchasing agent, making trips to remote Alaska villages, and many years for Jacks Plumbing and Heating in furnace and boiler repair. The past few years were spent in Wrangell and Ketchikan.

He is remembered as a kind, warm and goodhearted man who shared his knowledge of building and plumbing and tools with family members, shared his sense of humor with everyone and particularly shared his animated face with younger relatives, always encouraging laughter. He gave much more in life than he took.

He very much enjoyed spending time visiting with his friends and/or family, usually in the local coffee shop. He will be greatly missed.

Charlie was preceeded in death by his mother and father, Elma and Charles Dobbins; his sister Nadine Jekill and half-brother Cedric Dobbins

He is survived by his nieces Jane Jekill McCleary, Rose Jekill Gibson and Mary Lou Jekill Rak; great nephews Roger (Lynn) Winter, Dennis Winter and Ronald Winter, Frank Rak (Roxanna) and great nieces Cheryl Maga (Tom), Victoria Hestad Gibson, Lee Hestad, and Heather Shore, their children and grandchildren.

He was cremated and his ashes will be interred at Sitka National Cemetary in August. Memorials may be made in his name to The Ketchikan Pioneer Home Memorial Fund, 141 Bryant Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901.

Family contacts are: M. Rak, PO Box 87912, Vancouver, WA 98687 or; Jane McCleary, 3652 Kendra Ct So, Clarksville, TN 37040, or; Rose Gibson, PO Box 32883, Juneau, AK 99803, or

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