Charles "Charlie" Shortridge (1950 - 2017)

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Longtime Alaskan resident Charles "Charlie" Shortridge passed away on Sept. 25, 2017, following a lengthy battle of cancer. He was a hard-working and very independent man, and fought his battles with strength and dignity.
Born on Oct. 31, 1950, he spent his childhood in Washington state along with his parents and beloved siblings: four sisters and one brother. Having moved to Kodiak, Alaska, as young man with his family, Charles started guiding and was taken with a lifelong love for Alaska and the Alaskan lifestyle. He loved the peace and vast beauty offered by just being here, and especially watching the wildlife.
Charles owned and operated Chuck's Canteen in Sitka, Alaska, in the 1970s and enjoyed his relationships with the locals and especially the native children from Mt. Edgecomb High School. At this time in our Alaska history, native children were housed there from many of the surrounding villages. The Shortridge holidays lovingly included these young friends.
After moving to Eagle River, Alaska, in the early 1980s, Charles opened another business, "Chuck's Mini-Cache," in the Federal Building in Anchorage, Alaska. His last few decades were spent in the home he proudly built with his own hands in Wasilla, Alaska, and he dearly loved and enjoyed the unimpeded view of the changing seasons and wildlife from his windows.
Known by his siblings and friends as a tender-hearted and kind man, he loved and was loved by all. Both Charles and his only child, Alisa, learned of their paternity just a short two years ago and made this time together very close and precious. This discovery was one of the greatest blessings of Charles' life, for which he was deeply grateful. Family and friends are all so thankful that father and daughter were united in this new way and that Alisa was able to care for her father so closely during the last chapter of her father's life.
Charles is survived by his daughter, Alisa Marie Lester; grandchildren, Justin Lee Teich, Leslie Nicole and Meghann Alise; great-grandchildren, Delilah Teich, Taylynn Honsinger (Little Britches!) and Da'Vaughnn King; stepson, Rick Lester; and Charles' sister, Mary Ferguson of Oklahoma; brother, Sherman Shortridge of Washington; and many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A potluck Celebration of Life will be held at 4-Corners Lounge, 8000 East Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Palmer, AK 99645, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 10, 2017