Charles Imig (1927 - 2016)

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Dr. Charles Imig, "Chuck," passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday morning, Nov. 29, 2016, with his family near. Born in Minier, Ill., in 1927, he was the only child of Orin Jacob Imig and Ruby Alice Litherland.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lue Mills Imig; his five children and their spouses; five grandchildren; and his great-granddaughter, Kit Marigny Sanford.
Chuck spent his school age years in Bloomington, Ill., and after graduating high school served in the military at the end of World War II. After discharge from military, he obtained his bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan College; he earned money for college by working as the catcher for a flying trapeze show that traveled the summer circus route in the America Heartland.
His early interests in psychology led him to pursue his master's degree from Illinois State University and his Doctorate at the University of Missouri at Columbia. With his knowledge of psychology, he worked and studied human behavior for the Missouri prison system and for Caterpillar Tractor Company. In 1967, he went to work for US AID in the Panama Canal Zone as teacher to Peace Corp volunteers teaching them the customs of the countries they would be traveling to.
In 1969, Chuck moved his family moved to Ellensburg, Wash. From his office at Central Washington University he worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. His work in community development quickly brought him to Alaska as the Alaska Native Claims Act was in the early stages of being formed. In 1971, he contracted to use the cutting edge technology of video recording to capture the multitude of meetings that helped shaped ANSCA. He lugged the heavy video gear throughout all of Alaska, capturing the village council meetings where each village met to shape Alaska future. That library of work is an unprecedented assemblage of recordings that comprehensively captured rural Alaska. His efforts both in Washington and Alaska generated lasting friendships that brought him great pride to this day.
After ANSCA, Chuck turned his work in video into a family business which operates today as Imig Audio/Video, Inc.
He spent his later years at home in Anchorage, Alaska, or at his family farms in Illinois, always close to his family.
He will be remembered for an uncompromising thirst for knowledge and a gift for befriending people of all ages and walks of life and the desire to improve the human condition.
Chuck was a family man with a bright smile; a gentleman farmer with a firm handshake; and a man of many works and amazing wisdom and insight.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 4 p.m. at Fox Hollow Chalet, 11801 Brayton Drive. Chuck will be laid to rest in Minier, Ill., later this month. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations could be given to Frontier Home Health and Hospice.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 3, 2016
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