Richard “Dick” Carnahan

Richard “Dick” Carnahan passed away peacefully at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, MO on May 14 with his loving wife by his side. His death resulted from complications after a fall in his home the evening of May 6. Many thanks to the ICU team at Mercy and to his home health care nurses, Ani and April.

Dick was born August 9, 1942 in Salem, Ohio. Son of the late Ralph C. Carnahan and Pauline Keck. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in August, 1965 with an MBA. The following month he married his high school sweetheart Suzanne White. He joined the Navy and served as a Lieutenant aboard the USS Castor during the Vietnam War. During this time, he was stationed in Japan for two years where he came to love the people and the culture.

Upon returning to the States, Dick embarked on a career as a corporate controller and that career would last 40 years. He lived all over the country making friends along the way. When not working, he loved spending his time cooking, reading, gardening, traveling and with those whom he loved.

His loving wife, Suzanne, passed away in 1992 and he then remarried Carolyn Groves whom he met on an airplane on his many trips for business. Their union for 18 years was devoted, steadfast and filled with fun and adventure as Dick continued to be a corporate nomad. He was an inspiration to all for despite his failing health he maintained a sense of humor and immense courage throughout the years.

Besides his wife, Carolyn, he’s survived by his brother, Bill (Gretchen) Carnahan; sons, Dan and Michael; step-son, Jabari Groves and grandchildren, Sophia, William, Coco, Kelly, Laura and Sammi.

With respect for his wishes, Dick was cremated and interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on May 30, 2012. Please make any memorials in Dick’s name to your local National Public Radio Station or to Nine Network of Public Media, 3655 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108-3601.

Dick will be truly missed and always remembered.






  1. Sori Meredith on May 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Very nice, Carolyn! Our love and prayers are with you.

  2. The Grandkids on May 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    We will miss him a lot. We sure loved all the special times we spent together.

    All our love,
    Kelly, Laura and Sammi

  3. Jim on May 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at the memorial tomorrow even though I can’t be there. May God Bless Dick and all of his survivors..

  4. judy and charlie catlin on May 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    A lovely tribute and wonderful to be able to
    share all of these memories from Dick’s past.

  5. Mary Hartman on May 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm


    So very sorry to hear of your loss.
    May God be with you to comfort you at this very sad time.

  6. Todd, Amber, and Sierra Murray on May 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Uncle Dick you will be missed and there is not a day that goes on with out a prayer or thoughts of you. You were a kind and caring man always warm and welcoming to us all. God bless you and watch over all of us. I will make sure that I take a piece of you with me when I am at work caring for others to know that there may be another “Uncle Dick” out there that needs the type of care you needed to help ease their suffering and I plan on doing that for them. We all love you Uncle Dick.

    With love always,

    Todd, Amber, and Sierra

  7. dave b on May 30, 2012 at 2:53 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences

  8. Geary and Char Murray on May 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    We will miss you, Dick. Our lives are better for having had you in them. How deserving you are to be buried with your fellow veterans. God bless you and Carolyn.

  9. Geary and Char Murray on May 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm


    Geary and Char

  10. Peter & Cathy Tronquet on June 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    We feel lucky to have been your neighbors in two different states, on your many relocation adventures! Dick was a courageous and gentle man, and he will be missed by those whose lives he touched.

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