Charles "Charlie" Roat, 79, of Swartz Creek, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at his home.
Charlie was born in Grand Rapids on June 2, 1933. He graduated from Bentley High School, and in 1953, joined the United States Air Force
. In 1960, he moved to Alaska and spent 30 years at Clear Air Force Station.
He married Marjorie (Thomas) Shields on July 1, 1977, in Anderson.
He was a member of the Alaska Civil Air Patrol and an owner/pilot for Royal Alaskan Aviation. Charlie was a former mayor of Anderson, a member of the local government for several years and founder of the Anderson Bluegrass Festival, which attracted thousands of music enthusiasts to Anderson every summer.
He also was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Lions Club International.
In 1991, Charlie retired and moved to Colorado Springs. In 2005, he returned to his home state, Michigan. Charlie loved life and being with people. He was a great storyteller.
He is preceded in death by his son, Robert John Roat; parents, Arthur and Harriet (Eagleson); sisters, Joan Beckwith and Janet Sauvenaugh; and brothers, Harold and Robert Roat.
Visitation was Tuesday at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Mich. Mr. Roat will be at the church from
10 a.m. today, until the time of service.
Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today, Feb. 6, 2013, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 6273 Miller Road, in Swartz Creek, Mich., with Pastor Chris Yager and Aaron Whitman co-officiating. Burial will be at the Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church Missions. Condolences may be shared with the family, at swartzfuneralhomeinc.com.