Charles Gerald Polk passed away peacefully at his home on October 12, 2013 surrounded by his wife, daughters, and dog Teddiebear. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on June 9, 1941.
As the son of a structural ironworker, he spent his childhood growing up in several different states including Arkansas, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington and Oregon. In 1958, Charlie, joined the U.S. Army where he served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort. Campbell, Kentucky. He was honorably discharged in 1962.
In 1964, Charlie moved to Juneau. As soon as he got off the boat in Juneau, he has said he knew he had found the place where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Soon after his arrival in town, he met Kathryn Howard, who he married on November 25, 1964.
Charlie received his certification from Portland Community College in Welding and was a proud member of several welders and pipefitters unions including Local Union 262-United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. After receiving his certification, he worked several jobs as a welder and pipe fitter.
However, Charlie's primary profession was a commercial fisherman where he fished the waters of Southeast as a salmon gillnetter. He was also a business owner and not only owned and managed a local apartment building with his wife, but he ran Polk's Net & Gear Sales and was happy to share his fishing knowledge and expertise with other fisherman, especially those who were just "starting out".
Charlie avidly supported the fisherman of Southeast Alaska and in his lifetime, served on a variety of boards and commissions. He was also a board member at DIPAC Macauly Salmon Hatchery until his death.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Esther Polk. He is survived by his wife of forty nine years, Kathy; daughters Tania Polk, Lisa-Marie Ikonomov (Alex), Crystal Sigle (Chad), and Colleen Bernhardt; grandchildren Kaitlin, Faith, Tiffany, Alexis, Austin, Charles, and Linus; and great-grandchildren Kathryn and Landyn. Additionally, he is also survived by his Aunt Myrtle "Pinky" Scott and Uncle Raymond Scott of California, and several other uncles, and cousins.
The family is extremely grateful to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, especially Charlie's primary nurse, Lisa Brendle, CNA Linda Hazzard, and his physician Dr. Debra Lessmeier who all took such wonderful care of him. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Charlie's memory to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau, 419 6th Street, Juneau, Alaska 99801.
Charlie was laid to rest in a private burial at Alaskan Memorial Park on October 16th.
A celebration of life memorial will be held Friday, November 1st at the DIPAC Macaulay Hatchery located at 2697 Channel Drive.
A reception will begin at 5:30 pm with refreshments and the memorial will begin at 6pm. All friends, family, and associates are welcome to attend.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Oct. 31, 2013