Charlie Hanas, a beloved Tumwater Rotarian for many years, passed away in December.  Charlie was a sweet man who did the most wonderful tributes to our veterans.  The bus stop in front of the Olympics West Retirement Inn on Trosper Road is named after him.



Charles Hanas Charles Hanas, 98, of Olympia, Washington died peacefully December 2, 2017. He was laid to rest at Olympic Memorial Gardens in Tumwater, Washington. Charles (Charlie) was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania, on May 29, 1919 Charlie joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in March 1942 as a weather observer. He served at Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island, Canada, and Tanana, Alaska, during World War II. Charlie married his wife Margaret in Sayre January 15, 1946. He was employed by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Northway, Alaska in 1946 where Margaret and their new born son Richard traveled later. In 1948 the family moved to Bethel, Alaska. During their Bethel residency, their second son, Charles, Jr., was born in Anchorage, Alaska. From there they moved to Annette Island, Alaska in 1952. On their journey to Annette, a delay of one day in Bethel saved them from being on their scheduled airline flight the next day to Anchorage, which crashed with all aboard perishing. Charlie took an assignment as Official in Charge of Canadian outpost weather stations at Resolute Bay, N.W.T., Canada, in 1956 then to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in 1958. He and the family returned to Annette in 1960. His final position took him to Olympia, Washington, in 1975 where he became Meteorologist in Charge of the Olympia National Weather Service Office. He retired in 1989. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; and granddaughter, Karen Annette Hanas. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Susan Hanas of Anchorage, son Charles Hanas Jr. of Ketchikan; grandchildren, Richard Hanas Jr. of Anchorage, Cody Hanas of Ketchikan, and Laney Annette Hanas of Anchorage; and sister Katherine Lord of Buffalo, New York.