Gary Edward Carroway (1948 - 2017)

Obituary
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On March 28, 2017, our beloved daddy, brother and friend, Gary Edward Carroway, took his final flight into the clouds, Heaven bound. He was born on Sept. 5, 1948, in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Edward and Dorothy Carroway. He attended Main Junior High School and later graduated from Lathrop High School in 1966. Gary was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1968, serving his country as an airplane repairman and assisting in creating safe airstrips for helicopter landings in the jungles of Vietnam. Upon his discharge, he returned home and began his career as a commercial pilot, flying scores of supply air carriers throughout the 1970s pipeline boom. His skills flying C-46s, Skyvans and any aircraft he had access to, granted Gary superiority as a bush pilot. He then flew F27s and later shifted to Boeing 747s for Atlas Airlines. Gary's pioneer spirit as an Alaskan commercial aviator spanned 40 wonderful years.
In 1988, Gary married Nancy Lowe and was soon after graced with children, Alex and Elise. With a desire to impart his great love of music, literature, history, travel and his faith in Christ, Gary would eventually retire from commercial flying to stay closer to his young children. In 2011, he made the difficult decision to retire to Kentucky, the home of his sister. There, he joyfully attended the Caesarea Church of Christ, founded by his grandfather in 1906. An avid traveler, Gary enjoyed taking road trips with his daughter across the country. No distance in Heaven or on earth can break the bond they shared. Gary's heart never truly left Alaska, and, upon being diagnosed with cancer, it was his greatest wish to return to the land he loved. Last July he visited with great delight to walk his beloved Elise down the aisle. Following, he drove his belongings by U-haul from Kentucky back home. This March, he proudly attended his son, Alex's wedding. In the end, Gary was where he belonged, home with his daughter.
Gary is survived by his daughter, Elise; son-in-law, Aaron Goodfellow; son, Alex; daughter-in-law, Melissa; sister, Carolyn; brother-in-law, Mike Huellemeier; niece, Holly; nephew, Alex; and the closest friends he shared his life with.
In honor of Gary's final approach into Glory, a celebration of his life will be hosted by Peter at 8316 Bearberry Street in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 29, 2017, at 3 p.m. Contact: 907-243-5891.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Apr. 16, 2017