Charles Joseph Erhart was called to the house of the Lord on November 17, 2021. He was born to Lester Sr. and Josephine “Gladys” Erhart on July 1, 1963, in Tanana, Alaska, where he grew up and made his living. Charles, or Chucky as he was known to all, was an avid athlete and lived his life to the fullest.
Being a competitive person, he competed and won the 16 mile marathon and canoe races during Nuchalawoyya, as well as many Indian dance competitions. He was a star basketball player and a founding member of the Tanana Bantam League. In high school, he helped the Tanana Wolves win a state championship. He was selected to play on the Alaska men’s basketball team for the Arctic Winter Games in 1982, and the team won a golden ulu. He has participated in several Aboriginal men’s basketball tournaments and has helped the Tanana team win several championships.
In the 1980s he represented Erhart Kennels and raced with the sled dog team across North America, all over Alaska, Canada and all the way to New York, in all major dog races: Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, Open North American Championship, Tok Race of Champions, Yukon River Championship, Koyukuk River Championship, Arctic Circle Championship (Kotzebue), Saranac Lake Championship, to name a few, consistently ranking in the top three , which makes his family very proud.
Chucky handed sled dog racing over to his brothers in the 90s and focused on his professional career and family. He was a first-rate carpenter and member of the Carpenters Union and worked on homes and buildings in many villages across the state. He married his high school girlfriend Rebecca “Becky” Folger, and together they raised three children, Stewart Charles, Rebecca Daphne and Carl James. They loved to take boat rides and spend time in Eight Mile. In recent years, he enjoyed watching his sons and grandsons’ basketball games. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed watching crime shows.
He was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Lester Jr., Terry “Tow” and Paul “Dougie”. He is survived by his children, Stewart, Rebecca (Eric), Carl and their mother, Becky; Siblings, Adrianna, Curtis, Oodie, Ronnie, John (Christine), Carl (Jennifer), Judy (Willie), Ronnie Evans, Art (Spunky) Joseph, Stewart Joseph, Ken (Boots) Newman (Denise), Fred Folger , little Jimmy Edwards and James Roberts; grandchildren, Chantz, Cole and Rowan, Dylan, B-Stew, Jordan and their mother, Stephanie Pitka; many friends and relatives; and her friend Shay Lisa Johnstone.
Everywhere Chucky went he made friends. Everyone has a “Chucky Story” and they will all be missed.
In memory of our father, grandfather, brother and friend, live your best life. Take part in a dog race, walk, dance, laugh and wear a red bandana. Live life to the fullest.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for July 1, 2020 in Tanana, Alaska.
Posted by Daily News-Miner on December 18, 2021.