It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Chuck Reddick, Holy Spirit Center's maintenance man for over 41 years.
Chuck was well known to many members of the Holy Spirit Center community and our retreatants. He joined Holy Spirit Center on October 1, 1975, and in the intervening years, witnessed many of the Center's changes. Chuck carried much of our institutional memory; he was the person who knew when one building was lodging for seminarians, or part of another building was cloistered for resident nuns. Chuck was also intimately familiar with the physical plant - the history and quirks of all of the buildings. We cannot express how he will be missed.
Chuck's obituary, as printed in the Anchorage Dispatch News:
Lifelong Alaska resident Charles "Chuck" William Reddick, 64, died on June 26, 2017, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, after what he chose to consider his 4-year journey with prostate cancer.
Chuck was born to parents Mona and William Reddick on July 22, 1952, at old Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was employed by the Archdiocese of Anchorage's Holy Spirit Center for 42 years, serving as maintenance manager until his death. Chuck met Sherri Burkhart while she was volunteering at the center, and they were married in 1981. Chuck and Sherri were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Mariah Lynn Reddick, in 1983.
Chuck attributed much of his work ethic and family dedication to values instilled upon him by his grandmother, Dorothy Nichols. An Alaska homesteading pioneer, Dorothy helped secure Chuck's initial employment at the Holy Spirit Center. In the early years of his tenure there, Chuck received personal and spiritual guidance from Fr. Vincent Kelliher and Mae Ferrari. Chuck attributes this support for saving his life during a difficult time. Despite several opportunities to leave the center and advance his career, Chuck stayed to pay back to the facility that gave him so much, and ensure it remained available to others in need.
Chuck is characterized by family and friends as kind, generous and inspirational, while also lively, mischievous and stubborn. He was patient with all he met, and a genuine and caring listener. Young men often sought his advice and mentorship as they transitioned into adulthood.
Chuck's final message to family and friends is to ensure that all men complete annual PSA testing and prostate cancer screening.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Sherri, of 36 years; daughter, Mariah; mother, Mona Carpenter; sisters, Eunice McKinney and Sandy Cardwell; aunt, Roxann Greene; nephews, Cody McKinney and Danny Cardwell; nieces, Jennifer Burkhart and Katie Gravil; father-in-law, Roy Burkhart; brother-in-law, Blase Burkhart and his wife, Brenda; and numerous extended family members and friends. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, William Reddick; and brothers, William Reddick Jr. and Joe Redick.
It was Chuck's wish that his remains be cremated and interred with those of his wife, Sherri, in their final resting place. While Chuck's final months were difficult and challenging, he was profoundly grateful to his treatment team at Alaska Urological Institute and Alaska Cancer Treatment Center, especially Dr. William Clark, Dr. Markian Babij, Dr. Larry Daugherty, Lisa Adams, Talia Wyckoff and Danielle Kalbfleisch. He moved through his final days with incredible grace and faith.
As Chuck requested, a casual celebration of his life will be held at Bayshore Clubhouse, 3131 Amber Bay Loop in Anchorage, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at the Holy Spirit Center's Resurrection Chapel, 10980 Hillside Drive in Anchorage, on Friday, July 14, 2017, at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be considered to the Holy Spirit Center, 10980 Hillside Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507; Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, www.ustoo.org; or Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, 1057 West Fireweed Lane, Suite 103, Anchorage, AK 99503, where Chuck had hoped to volunteer upon retirement.