Charles Gorsuch, 84, passed away August 25, 2014, at Gloria's Golden Heart Assisted Living, in Anchorage. Charles was born in Hammond, Indiana, on February 22, 1930, and was raised in Vanlue, Ohio, where he graduated from high school in 1948. In 1952, Charles graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in music. Charles, who had a lifelong passion for airplanes, served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956, where he was a member of the Air Force band and the Air Force Strolling Strings. After completing his service in the Air Force, Charles taught music in the Van Buren, Ohio and Sylvania, Ohio schools. While teaching in Sylvania, Charles completed a Masters degree in music at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 1966, Charles moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he played violin in the Anchorage Symphony, taught music in the Anchorage Public Schools, and worked with the Anchorage Youth Symphony. Following his retirement, Charles continued to teach private lessons to many of the area's budding string players. Charles was an avid builder and collector of model airplanes, and prior to his death, donated his extensive collection of remote control and other planes to Begich Middle School; this donation resulted in the formation of the Begich Model Airplane Academy. Charles is survived by his sister, Catharine Ann Reynolds, Findlay, Ohio, and nieces Susan (Reynolds) Bell, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kathy (Reynolds) Buckman, Minnetonka, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Alice (Rangeler) Gorsuch, and sister, Sarah (Higgins). In lieu of flowers/memorials, please donate to a
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 28, 2014