April 16, 1926 - Feb. 13, 2003
Carl "Jerry" Chadwick, 76, of John Day died Feb. 13.
He was born April 16, 1926, in American Fork, Utah., to Carl and Mildred (Frye) Chadwick. The couple later divorced and he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Donald Clayton Bowers.
The family moved to Nebraska, where he attended school and graduated. In July 1943 at age 17, Mr. Chadwick joined the United States Coast Guard. By the time he was 18 he had been on board two ships that were hit and sunk by torpedoes. He was stationed at Hawaii, the Philippines and Oakland, Calif. In the course of his service duties he traveled around the world seven times and received many awards for bravery and other accomplishments. He achieved the rank of Chief and was honorably discharged in March 1964.
He was employed September 1969-August 1984 as plant operations manager at Cal-State University in Hayward, Calif.
As a ham radio operator, Mr. Chadwick was one of the few people able to communicate from earth with U.S. astronauts in orbit. He also enjoyed deep-sea diving and collected sea shells.
He moved to John Day about 10 years ago from San Leandro, Calif. He founded and served as president of Professional Pet Transports, the nation's largest door-to-door pet transport service.
Mr. Chadwick is survived by his wife, Karen Chadwick of John Day; sister Janet Pardue of Missouri; brother Brent Chadwick of Henderson, Nev.; stepchildren and their spouses, Robert and Lori Ake of John Day and Larry and Tia Ake of North Carolina; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Bowers.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Grant County Hospice.