Juneau resident Chad Wayne Beer, 26, died July 30, 2001, near Haines.
He was born Aug. 9, 1974, in Grand Rapids, Minn., to Cheryl and Bruce Mallum. He graduated from Greenway High School in 1993.
Since the age of 3, Beer attended the Oshkosh Air Show and always knew he would one day be a pilot, his family wrote. Chad received his pilot's license at age 18 and started his flying career with Timberline in Minnesota. Later, he moved to Alaska where he continued being a pilot for LAB Flying Service.
In his spare time, Beer enjoyed hunting, fishing, learning to play the guitar, preparing traditional native foods, being out on the water and watching the sun set behind the mountains in Kake.
He will always be loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed, wrote his family.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers Hazel Mallum and Annie Richardson.
He is survived by his parents Bruce and Cheryl Mallum; brother Jake Mallum and fiancee Amber Ahonen; sister Lisa Storlie and brother-in-law Gene Storlie and their daughter Miya Storlie; grandparents Florence and Gordon Beer, Maurece Mallum and Jan Hawkinsen all of Minnesota.
He also is survived by his fiancee Melissa Ward, son Angelo and an unborn child; parents-in-law Gary and Patti Handy; brother-in-law Bruce Ward and fiancee Sarah Orazio all of Kake.
Pallbearers are Andrew Abraham, Scott Larcher, Bob Neal, Chuck Thompson, Ty Peterson, Robert Grant, Megan Thomas, William Boggess, Charlie Dignan, Matthew Andersen, Richard Milota, David Barneley, Jason Hart and John Mellor.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 3 at the Church of God at 8479 Thunder Mountain Rd. in Juneau. Another service will be held in Bovey, Minn., next week.
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