On March 28, 2017, our beloved daddy, big brother and best friend, Gary Edward Carroway, took his final flight into the clouds, heaven bound. He was born Sept. 5, 1948, in Fairbanks, to Edward H. and Dorothy L. Carroway. His early childhood was spent on Laurene Street, where he attended Main Junior High School. He later moved to the Westgate subdivision and graduated from Lathrop High School in 1966. Gary was inducted into the US Army on Nov. 13, 1968, serving his country as an airplane repairman and assisting in creating safe airstrips for helicopter landings in the jungles of Vietnam. Upon his discharge, he returned home and began his career as a commercial pilot. Flying was truly his life's passion. Throughout the 1970s pipeline boom, he flew scores of supply air carriers for Frontier Flying Service, Don Johz, Nenana Fuel Company, Cliff Everts, Troy Air, Winship Air and Fairbanks Flight. His skills flying C-46s, Skyvans and any aircraft he could command granted Gary superiority as a bush pilot. He then flew F27s subcontracted to FedEx and later shifted to Boeing 747s for Atlas Airlines. Gary's pioneer spirit as an Alaskan commercial aviator spanned 40 wonderful years. In 1988, Gary married Nancy Lowe and soon after was graced with two children, Alexander and Elise. The crosswinds of necessity then moved Gary to the Anchorage area in the early 90s. With a desire to impart his great love of music, literature, history, travel, and his faith in Jesus Christ, Gary eventually would retire from commercial flying to stay closer to his young children. He worked locally for Atlas Airlines, put in many hours on the North Slope, and eventually settled down working for the University of Alaska. With children grown, Gary made the difficult decision in 2011 to retire to Kentucky, the home of his sister. There he joyfully attended the Caesarea Church of Christ in Stamping Ground, founded in 1906 by his grandfather, Roy Moody. An avid traveler, Gary took advantage of the interstates. He toured the Lower 48 with his daughter as co-pilot. No distance in heaven or on Earth can break the bond they shared. Through all this, Gary's heart never truly left Alaska. During the summers, he made nearly a dozen trips across the Alaskan Highway. Upon being diagnosed with cancer, it was his greatest wish to return to the land he loved. In July, he visited with great delight to walk his beloved Elise down the aisle. Afterward, he drove his belongings by U-Haul from Kentucky back home. It was an incredible blessing this March when he proudly attended his son's wedding. In the end, Gary was where he belonged, living with his daughter and son-in-law in Eagle River. Gary is survived by his daughter, Elise; son-in-law, Aaron Goodfellow; son, Alex; daughter-in-law, Melissa; sister, Carolyn; brother-in-law, Mike Huellemeier; niece, Holly; nephew, Alex; and the closest friends he shared his life with. To his pilots, he will meet you in the sky! In honor of Gary's final approach into glory, a celebration of his life will be hosted by Peter at 3 p.m. April 29, 2017, at 8316 Bearberry St., Anchorage. For information, call 243-5891.
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