Charles 'Chuck' 'Beezy' O. Tachick
Longtime Soldotna resident Charles “Chuck” aka “Beezy” O. Tachick died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, after a brief battle with leukemia at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 75.
A celebration of life and memorial potluck will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Kenai Elks Lodge in Kenai. His ashes will be buried in Spruce Grove Memorial Park and Caribou Hills.
Mr. Tachick was born Sept. 29, 1930, to Paul and Anna (Sweet) Tachick in Sheldon, Wis. He was drafted in 1951, by the U.S. Army and served in Japan until his honorable discharge in 1953. He received his GED while in the military. In 1953, he moved to Alaska to join the rest his family and started driving trucks for Tachick Freight Lines. The business later sold and he continued driving for McKenzies. He also worked for Don Bailey. In 1972, he went to work for Alaska Oil Sales as the mechanic and retired in 1999. After retiring, he took up logging again and bought a sawmill and made furniture and lumber for other cabins.
Mr. Tachick was a charter life member of the Kenai Elks Lodge for 46 years and had been a 19-year member of the American Legion Post No. 20.
In the late 1950s, he helped build Soldotna Bowling Lanes and was one of the first to bowl there, and was inducted into the Soldotna Men’s Bowling Hall of Fame.
“He loved to snowmachine in Caribou Hills and was nicknamed ‘King of the Hills.’ He also loved hunting moose, fishing, bowling, woodworking and gardening. He was involved with getting the state to give cabin permits to allow cabins for those that had them on state property in the Caribou Hills. He loved to drive and took many trips on the Alcan,” the family said.
He was very involved in baseball or softball and was the first president of the Soldotna Little League from 1969 to 1973. He played softball for more than 20 years. In 1991, his team was the state champions and qualified for the first national championship. He was involved with the construction and maintenance of the playing fields and was a popular umpire for years.
“Chuck was a very dedicated family man and friend, and had a smile for everyone at all times. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him,” his family said.
Mr. Tachick was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Scott Elliott Tachick.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Donna Tachick; children and their spouses, Steven and Sally Tachick and Duane and Cheryl Tachick, and Liz and Chris Hayes; grandchildren, Shane, Spencer, Christina and Vicky Tachick, and Crystal and Colton Hayes; stepsons and their wives, Dan and Lisa Tourtellot and David and Denice Tourtellot; siblings and their spouses, Bob and Sue Tachick, Melvin and Faye Tachick, Roger and Marie Tachick, Wayne and Erlene Tachick, Shirley and Gary Kosto, Arlene Tachick and Nick Hansen.
The family prefers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 9025, Pittsfield, MA 01202-9025 or to the charity of choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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