Chester Walukiewicz (1937 - 2017)

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Chet Walukiewicz, 80, passed away peacefully at home in Anchorage, Alaska, on Dec. 6, 2017. Raised in Ridgefield Park, N.J., he served five years in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller, followed by graduation from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Chet worked for the U.S. Defense Department Audit Agency for two years before joining ITT Federal Electric Corporation at the Kennedy Space Center as accounting manager for the Communications, Instrumentation Support Systems during the Apollo Space Program. Transferring to Anchorage in 1970, he managed accounting for ITT's White Alice, DEW Line and BMEWS projects
Specializing in government contracts, corporate benefits and financial analysis, Chet worked for various Native corporations pioneering the development of 8(A) government contracts. His last position was with Chenega Corporation.
An avid philatelist with a passion for history, Chet will be remembered for his work on many fundraising projects benefiting those in need, and members of the military. With Anchorage Philatelic Society members, Chet helped create cachet covers commemorating Alaskan events including the flow of oil through the trans-Alaska pipeline; the visits of Pope John Paul II to Anchorage and Fairbanks; the USS Alaska christening and commissioning; the visits of the Third Fleet to Alaska; Stealth/B2 Bomber; 50th anniversary of mail delivery in Anchorage; and from 1980-2006, Alaska State Fair commemoratives. His involvement enabled him to be on the USS Alaska's maiden voyage from San Diego, Calif., to Bangor, Wash. Chet was on board the Friendship Flight from Nome to Providynia. He was a lifetime member of the Alaska State Fair.
In addition to Dorothy, his wife of 54 years, he is survived by two daughters Susan Walukiewicz (Tom Vaughn) and Sharon Leighow (Timothy Wood); son, Dana Walukiewicz (Elena); granddaughters, Haley, Ciara, Erin, Catherine, Sophia and Gabriella; and brother-in-law, Thomas Eustice. Daughter, Lorraine "Lori" Zervantian, passed away on March 5, 2018.
Chet was buried with military honors at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. A celebration of life will be held this spring.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2018
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