Nikiski resident Charles "Papa Charlie" Rediske died Monday, June 18, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 63.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski. Pastors Harold Lewis and Larry Huntsperger will officiate. Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunshine Point across Kachemak Bay. Perennial flowers will be planted near the grave site. Those needing to make travel arrangements for the burial should call 399-7256.
Mr. Rediske was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Bellingham, Wash. He moved to Anchorage when he was 12 and graduated from Anchorage High School. After graduating, he worked as a journeyman electrician all over Alaska for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. On April 2, 1961, he married Ami Porter at the First Baptist Church in Anchorage. After they were married, they moved to the family homestead in Nikiski and built their home there. He retired from the I.B.E.W. 10 years ago and started Rediske Air Inc.
Mr. Rediske was a member of the Peninsula Fellowship, Pioneers of Alaska and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations. He attended Port Nikiski Baptist Church for many years. He also was on the board for the Alaska Airmen's Safety Foundation. Over the years, he earned many safety awards both as a journeyman electrician and pilot. His hobbies included his family, flying and Jesus.
"Papa Charlie fulfilled his lifelong dream of operating an air taxi, servicing Alaska Bush communities," his family wrote. "Fly away home, Papa Charlie."
Mr. Rediske is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ami Jo Rediske; children and their spouses Charlie and Nancy Rediske, Ike and Tricia Rediske, Dan and Sallie Rediske, Lyla Rediske and Don Stuart, and Willy Rediske; grandchildren Christopher, Ashley, Danielle, Michael, Katy, Dustin and Roan; brother, Walt Rediske; sister, Barbara Strecker; extended family and many, many friends and clients.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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