Richard “Dick” R. Karn

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Richard Karn.

CROSS PLAINS-Richard “Dick” R. Karn, age 76, of Cross Plains, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Meriter Hospital after an extended illness.  Born in Madison on June 22, 1936, the son of Leslie and Bertha (Hosley) Karn, he spent 18 years on the home farm in Verona and was a 1954 graduate of Verona High School. 

Upon graduation he attended Madison Business College and served five years with the Wisconsin Air National Guard.  On Aug. 2, 1958, Dick married Marilyn Hefty in Perry Township at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church while living in Cross Plains.  Dick worked as an Operating Engineer, Local 139, for Parisi Construction, Capital Sand and Gravel, and Amble Landscaping until his retirement in 1995.  He loved fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, bowling, playing cards, traveling, and watching Packer, Brewer, and Badger sports.  Dick dearly loved his grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events. 

Dick is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn; children, Lynn (Gary) Heise, Rick (Nancy) Karn, Greg (Teresa) Karn, and Rob (Patty) Karn; grandchildren, Chris (Erin) Karn, Jenny (Josh) Stankovsky, Paul (Kim) Heise, Jeremy Heise, Breanne Karn, Michelle Karn, Amber Karn, and Brandon Karn; step-grandson, Daniel Mills; great grandchildren, Collin Heise, Amelia Heise, and Emily Stankovsky; uncle, Harold (June) Hosley; niece, Kathy (Jerry ) Schroeder; and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rodney Karn; and several aunts, uncles, and friends.

Funeral services for Richard will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2947 Thinnes Street, Cross Plains, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, with Father Thomas Kelley presiding.  Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, and from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Daniel Jarzemsky, the staff at Heartland Country Village in Black Earth, and to Sister John Rose Acker.  Online condolences may be made at


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