Doyle "Omar" Cheek (1946 - 2015)

Obituary
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Omar, as he was known to family and friends, passed on to his next adventure on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, surrounded by his Alaskan family. Omar began this life on Dec. 29, 1946, in Pennington Gap, Va. After high school and college, he joined the army and spent one tour in Vietnam before once again meeting up with his friends, Buck and Gene Salley, in Virginia. The three of them made the trek across the country to Aniak, Alaska, in Gene's airplane, a 1947 Stinson StationWagon. For most of the next 40 years, he worked and made many friends in Anchorage, Aniak, Nome, Stony River and many other places along the way. He was a craftsman who built his beloved cabin on the Kuskokwim River after gathering and rafting logs from the Upper Kuskokwim to the cabin site. Omar was a kind and thoughtful soul who inspired loyalty among his legion of friends. He is survived by his sister, Caroline Sue Hines and brother, Ralph Cheek of Virginia; and his Alaskan family, Buck, Gene, Randy, Donna, Dawn, Jimmy, Matey and Bill, as well as many other friends. Our thanks to Frontier Hospice for helping to make Omar safe and comfortable in our home. In remembrance, you may make a donation to hospice or your local Veteran's Service Organization.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 25, 2015
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