Passing: Charlie Bussell, former legislator, businessman


An Alaska business legend has passed. Charlie Bussell, who served in the Alaska House of Representatives, died at his home in Kona, Hawaii, where he has lived for the past few years, traveling back to Alaska regularly to tend to his businesses.

He served in the Alaska House from 1983-1984, representing Anchorage.

“The First Lady and I express our condolences to the family of former legislator Charles Bussell,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy in a statement. “Charlie was a true Alaskan. He served in our House of Representatives, flew all over Alaska with his private pilot’s license, and loved fishing. He leaves a long legacy of service to our great state.”

Charlie was a businessman from Anchorage who had served in the U.S. Army for three years. He was a member of many Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska World Affairs Council, the Blood Bank of Alaska, the Alaska Miners Association, the Resources Development Council, the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, Montana Creek Dog Mushers Association, the Anchorage Yacht Club, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was a longtime supporter of the arts.

He was born Oct. 4, 1934 in Minnesota. He learned the electrical trade as an IBEW apprentice, completing a 4,OOO-hour course. After moving to Alaska, he was associated with several businesses, including Alaska Bussell Electric Company; Ditch Witch of Alaska; Natural Gas Fuel Systems; partner, Denali Leasing Company; consultant with Pacific Hydroelectric Company. Inc.

Charlie was known to have a brilliant intellect, avid curiosity about the world, and a sharp wit. He was the father of Brian and Rob, and husband to Victoria, who survive him.

Gov. Dunleavy has ordered that Alaska and the United States flags fly at half-staff at a date that will be announced after consulting with the family of the longtime Alaskan.

A more complete obituary will follow.

Photo by Dave Harbour


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