Longtime Nikiski resident Charles Leon Shaver died Saturday, March 6, 2004, while vacationing in Las Vegas. He was 78.
Memorial services and a celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Kenai Moose Family Center, 12516 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. The Rev. John Henry will officiate. VFW Post No. 10046 will perform military honors.
Mr. Shaver, or "Charlie Brown," as he was known to most of his Alaska friends, was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Grand Island, Neb., to Leon and Olive Shaver. He was raised in Nebraska and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 at the age of 17. He proudly served his country for the next 20-plus years, retiring from active service in 1963 after attaining the rank of chief petty officer E-7.
After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Shaver worked for Crowley Maritime and Foss Tug and Barge. He came to Alaska in 1965, where he worked in Cook Inlet, helping to set many of the original oil platforms. As a member of Operating Engineers Local Union No. 302, Mr. Shaver remained in Alaska, working in a variety of locations around the state, including the North Slope and Prudhoe Bay. He retired in 1986.
"Charlie always had a smile on his face, had that truly unmistakable laugh and never understood the term 'stranger,' as he was always willing to lend a hand to help anyone in need," his family said.
"Charlie truly loved his country and was a steadfast and loyal friend. Most of all, he was just one of those truly 'nice guys' who will be missed by both family and countless friends alike."
Mr. Shaver enjoyed snowmachining and was an avid professional football fan as evidenced by his many trips to the Pro Bowl. He enjoyed gambling and made frequent trips to Las Vegas for that purpose. He was a longtime member American Legion Post No. 20, the Elks Club Lodge No. 2425 and the Moose Lodge No. 1942.
Mr. Shaver was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Olive Shaver; brother, Bill Shaver; and daughter, Cynthia Shaver.
He is survived by his daughters, Margo Chilson of Nikiski, Julie Winslett of Greeley, Colo., and Faye Shaver-Simons and Delores Lapalio, both of Hawaii; sons, Bill Shaver, Charles "Chuck" Shaver and James Shaver, all of Hawaii; and 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and various nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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