Former Juneau resident Charles "Chuck" F. Connelley Jr. died Nov. 1, 2007, in Phoenix after a brief illness. He was 81.
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Born in 1926 in Tulsa, Okla., he was raised in Stevens Point, Wis. After high school, he answered his call to duty, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan, as a radio operator. He later graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in marine biology.
Family members said he followed his dream to Alaska, working for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Kodiak. While in Alaska, he met and married his wife, Augusta, and began his family.
He loved to travel and soon found himself in Flagstaff, Ariz., falling in love with the mountains and surrounding areas, said his family. In 1962, he moved to Flagstaff, where he enjoyed hiking the peaks and Mount Elden, walking through the woods and taking in the natural beauty of Flagstaff, his family said.
After retiring from Coconino County Highway Department, he pursued his love of flying by joining the Civil Air Patrol. He spent many hours flying around the state on search and rescue missions and on training operations.
When not busy with his children and grandchildren, he spent a lot of his free time working in his garden, writing his memoirs and staying connected with friends through his computer.
Family members said he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Diana June Colburn; mother, Ethel Mae Connelley; and father, Charles F. Connelley Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Augusta Connelley; sister, Charla Connelley; brother, Tom Huntington and his wife, Flora, of Juneau; children, Mark, Brent, Dion, Nadine, Jana Haren and Jon Connelley; and nine grandchildren, Lindsay, Gordon, Jacob, Rachel, Sabrina, Chelsea, Brenden, Mackenzie and Chance, and Monte Nix.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge, where he was a lifetime member.
In lieu of flowers, cards or donations be sent to Augusta Connelley at 1901 N. Marion Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.
Lozano's Flagstaff Mortuary is handing arrangements.
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