Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Charlie Diamond died Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a bout with cancer. He was 77.
At his request, no services are planned.
Mr. Diamond was born Feb. 18, 1932 in Ketchikan, where he also grew up and received his education. He worked on a fish trap in his younger years. He also served eight years in the National Guard and one year in the Army.
Mr. Diamond worked for Ellis Airlines, before it became Alaska Airlines. He also worked for the Ketchikan Pulp Mill and Moore Construction. He was a very good carpenter, building the family's first house. He also worked for Arco Alaska, where he was medically retired.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved bowling with the Golden Oldies. He enjoyed fishing his troller, the Lorlei-L, around Southeast Alaska with a lot of his friends. He also loved to play cards with his friends.
"He never found a challenge he couldn't overcome. He was a very hard worker, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, enjoying all of his family. He had moral and respect for others," his family said.
Mr. Diamond was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Alice Diamond, brothers, Joe and Lee Diamond, and his daughter, Elizabeth Adolf.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Diamond of Soldotna; sons, Raymond and Dennis Diamond of Ketchikan, Craig Diamond of Kenai, and Kenneth Diamond of Nikiski; brothers, Harry "Jim" Diamond III of Ketchikan and Harold Diamond and his wife, Pat, of Sitka; grandchildren, Jeff Adolf of Wasilla, Justin Adolf of North Kenai, Rose Munroe of Hawaii, Travis Diamond of California, Randy Diamond of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Cason Diamond of Kansas, Jesy and Ashley Diamond of Nikiski; and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669 or Way Out Women, c/o Kathy Lopeman, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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