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Remembering Carl Ober

by KTNA Staff ~ April 2nd, 2013

The Talkeetna Bachelor Society has issued a statement about the death of Talkeetna resident Carl Ober:

The Talkeetna Bachelor Society Board of Directors is deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of our fellow board member and friend, Carl Ober.

Carl was on the Alaska State Troopers helicopter Helo-1 when it crashed Saturday night near Larson Lake.  Both the pilot and state trooper aboard were also killed.

Carl was a dedicated member of the Talkeetna Bachelor Society for many years, serving a number of terms on the board and as board president in the early 2000s.  He was featured in many news articles about the Society and our annual Bachelor Auction, including in a spread in Gentlemen’s Quarterly a few years back.

“Carl embodied the spirit of the Talkeetna Bachelor Society,” says board of directors president, Todd Basilone, “He was the bachelor’s bachelor.  He worked hard for the society, believed deeply in our mission to support victims of domestic violence, and loved to throw a party.”

Carl volunteered in many ways for the communities of Talkeetna and Cantwell, both of which he called home.  When not volunteering, Carl was a dog musher, trapper, and carpenter, known among other things for his quality log furniture.  Carl loved to ride his snowmachine, tell visitors about life in small town Alaska, and flirt with the ladies.  He was known throughout the community for his unstoppable cheer and kindness towards others.  In the most recent edition of the Bachelors’ Male Order Catalog, Carl described himself in one word: Free.

The Bachelors are hosting an informal memorial get-together in the Talkeetna Village Park on Saturday, April 6, at 3 pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Here’s to happy travels, brother.  We’ll see you farther up the creek.

4 Responses to Remembering Carl Ober

  1. Lisa Peschel-Hoerter

    Thank you so very much for this. Carl was a one of a kind awesome guy. All the news has focused on the loss of the Troopers, which was tragic, but forgotten Carl. Thanks again. You guys are the BEST!!

  2. Ella Ober Kostick

    This is such a nice tribute to my brother. He was always the free spirit and to know so many people enjoyed his presence is very comforting. It cams as quite a shock but Like my twin sister says ” We have one more Carl story to tell”. Thanks so much.

  3. Elda Ober-Kulp

    Thank you all for the kind words about our brother, Carl. He certainly was a free spirit and left us with yet another story to tell to friends and family. He was the baby of the family and was never happier than in his beloved Alaska. Still think that we will look out the window to see the famous “tent” pitched and know that he had come for a visit. Thank you all for being his friend.

  4. Lisa Henson

    Something told me to Google Carl today and I am very saddened to hear the news of his passing. I met Carl when I lived in Colorado back in the 80’s. He taught me a great deal about the outdoors that will stay with me forever. I was given the opportunity to see and experience some amazing things such as camping in -20 degree weather and traveling with him up to Yellowstone to work. I couldn’t have experienced those things without him. He loved Alaska and spoke of getting back there often at that time. He was truly the Great Outdoors Man. I am glad that he was able to enjoy the years he did in Alaska. He spoke often of his family too. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I saw a news clip where a woman commented on Carl’s laugh. I can hear that laugh today. He truly enjoyed life and people.