Kenai resident James "Jim" R. Carew, passed away quietly at his home on Sept. 5, 2013 from pneumonia. He was 85.
A private family service will be held in his honor.
Jim was born Aug. 28, 1928 at Grand Rapids, Mich. He grew up in Bailey and Kent City, Mich. and graduated third in his class from Kent City High School. He joined the Army
Air Force in 1946, studied electronics and spent three years in its service, mostly in the South Pacific during the post WWII occupation.
After leaving the military, he graduated from Grand Rapids Junior College and Michigan State College Extension with an Associate's Degree in Chemistry. He went to work for Dow Chemicals as a laboratory technician where he remained for ten years. The high point of his career at Dow Chemicals was his invention of a laboratory apparatus known as the "Easily cleaned and re-packed Chromatography Column". Dow patented his work, Jim's paper and plans were published in the Journal of Analytical Chemistry Volume 33, Number 1, Jan. 1961.
He married Joy (Arlene Joyce) Wolfcale, on July 19, 1952 at Kent City.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, camp and hunt. When the opportunity arose to take a job in Alaska he jumped for it. In March 1961, Jim and his family drove the Alaska Highway in sub-sub-subzero temperatures to Fairbanks, where he worked as an electronics technician for the FAA. For seven years, he enjoyed the interior camping experience before transferring to Anchorage in 1968. In Anchorage, Jim was promoted to field manager of Fire Island.
Around that same time Jim was diagnosed with cancer. He spent two years undergoing radiation and surgery and his cancer went into remission. He remained cancer free for the remainder of his life.
When the Alaskan oil boom got underway, the FAA needed to upgrade its facilities on the Arctic Ocean. Jim became the first manager of the FAA facilities at Prudhoe Bay. In the late 1970's, after many years on the slope he moved to Kenai, where he was the field manager for the FAA, when their offices were at the Kenai Airport. Before retiring, he transferred to the FAA engineering branch where he had responsibilities installing and performing the commissioning checks for the new automated radar stations at Prudhoe Bay, Saint Paul and Biorka Island.
After he retired in 1988 Jim kept busy with family, traveling and gardening.
Jim was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska.
Jim was preceded in death by parents, George and Ensline Murray; brother, Jack; father, James F. Carew; and in-laws, George and LaVerne Walker and Dean Wolfcale.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joy Carew; sister, Pat Graham, sons, Robert and Tom Carew of Nikiski, and Russell Carew of Brainerd, Minn.; daughters, Linda Carew of Nikiski, Susan Church of Anchorage and Tanley Martinez of Kenai, 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Cards and condolences may be sent to 475 N. Forest Dr., Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.