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Obituary, Charles Herbert Zieske, 66


Charles Herbert Zieske

Charles Zieske, "Chuck" or "Charlie" or "Chaz" as he was known, 66, died at his home in Point Baker, Alaska on March 18, 2015 after a brief illness.

Chuck was born in Wrangell, February 5, 1949 to Ruth and Herb Zieske, and to older sister Darlene (Larson).

The Zieske family spent most winters trapping around Louise Cove, Kuiu Island. They spent the bulk of the year in Point Baker, trolling for salmon and long-lining for halibut. Chuck was home schooled, but spent some time in Petersburg and Wrangell schools, making many life-long friendships.

Chuck was trained in welding and machine work at the Seward Skills Center, while also taking liberal arts courses at AMU, now Alaska Pacific University.

Chuck's career as a gillnetter and long-liner started on the 20' "Dreadnaught," followed by the "Penelope," the "Arctic Tern," the "Dana II," the "Sisyphus," the "Florine," and then the "Nancy" for the final thirty years.

Chuck was known for his stunning intellect, his inspired story telling, his advocacy for the environment, and his kindness to all creatures. He was zen-like in his treatment of even flies and spiders, affording the latter "professional courtesy" as fellow gillnetters.

To his friends, Chuck was loyal and supportive. To his community, Chuck was a leader. To the young fishermen, Chuck was a wise and generous mentor.

Chuck will be buried in the Petersburg Cemetery next to his parents. There will be a 40-day celebration of life in Petersburg on April 26, and in Point Baker on April 27.


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