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.