2010-07-15 / Obituaries

Richard ‘Dick’ Thomas Karon, 66

Richard ‘Dick’ Thomas Karon, 66, of America Way died on July 8, 2010, peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family and dog, Buddy, from pancreatic cancer. He was the husband of Linda Wirth Karon.

Born in Whitefish Bay, Wis. on Oct. 3, 1943, he was the son of the late Vera Block Karon and Morris Karon. Dick graduated from Carleton College and earned his Ph.D. in systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recently retired from his position of engineering Fellow and IRAD director at Raytheon in Portsmouth, Dick was involved in Toastmasters International, where he earned the title of distinguished toastmaster several times over and found a ready audience for his sense of humor. He enjoyed volunteering and mentoring for various organizations, including Boy Scouts of North America, and felt strongly that his donation of time and energy would make the world a better place.

A lover of nature and sailing, Dick lived his life passionately and fully to the end. Since boyhood, Dick spent time with his family in Jackson Hole, Wyo., riding horses, fishing, hiking, camping and climbing the Grand Teton.

Dick is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda; his daughter, Jennifer Karon-Flores, and son-in-law, Bill Karon-Flores, of Portland, Ore.; his son, Jonathan Karon, and daughter-in-law, Lori Snow, of Portland, Ore.; his brother, John Karon, of Albuquerque, N.M.; his brother, Jim Karon, of Milwaukee, Wis.; and his beautiful granddaughters, Sadie, Rhienna and Hazel, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, July 15, for family and friends at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., in Newport. Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan. org, and the Jackson Hole Land Trust, www.jhlandtrust.org.

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