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Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary & Cemetery

800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV

OBITUARY

Richard Charles Kara

April 27, 1935June 23, 2020
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Richard Charles Kara, age 85, of Henderson, Nevada passed away on Tuesday June 23, 2020. Richard was born April 27, 1935 in Cleveland Ohio. He graduated from Thornton Township High School and joined the Army, where he became a special forces green beret.

He met and married Jeannette Angeline Hayes on September 1, 1956. Richard had a career as a firefighter for the Markham Fire Department in Illinois.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and had a passion for coaching and helping kids. Richard was proceeded in death by his son baby Richard Kara, parents Charles and Laura Kara, sisters Patricia Messe, Carol Kara, Laura Haack.

He is survived by his wife Jeanette Kara, sons Richard Kara Jr. (Karen), Charles Kara (Julie), daughters Kimberly Shermulis (Tom), Candice McMillan, brothers and sisters Tina Rzab, Robert Kara, James Kara, Geraldine Camp, Buddy Kara, Linda Widule, Wally Kara, Judy Huffman, uncle Edward Selavko, 9 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmboulderhighway.com for the Kara family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Vincent Vaccaro

July 2, 2020

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July 2, 2020

Dave Janiszewski

July 1, 2020

I will miss you without question my friend. I am so grateful that we were able to talk on the phone on Fathers Day. Little did we know that it would be our last goodbye. You sounded so good that day I am glad that when I think of you that it will be that happy voice that I will hear in my mind. Once again thank you for being such an important person in my life. I would have never made it with out you Chief.
May god keep watch over you, and don't let your Angels Wings get too close to those flames on your first prairie fire in Heaven. HaHa
I love you my friend.. Rest in Peace.

Donna Kara

June 30, 2020

We all lost a great man in my Godfather Uncle Dickie. He was my go to man in my childhood for advice and guidance. A wise man that always had time for me and my sisters.

A good memory I have of him was his Friday dinners. All the leftovers came out of the fridge. If it wasn't enough to feed everybody, he would add eggs or hot dogs.

I'll never forget all the great times with him.

You'll be missed by many. Love, Donna Kara-Zilboorg



PATRICIA HENDRICKS

June 28, 2020

Jeanne, it was with joy and sorrow that I watched every posted picture of Dick, and your life with him. It brought back memories of his smile and demeanor....a real gentleman. I am glad to have known both of you. Sending love and prayers for you during a difficult time....

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Biography

Richard Charles Kara, age 85, of Henderson, Nevada passed away on Tuesday June 23, 2020. Richard was born April 27, 1935 in Ohio.
Richard was a wonderful human being and Heaven has gained an angel.

He was the oldest of 12 brothers and sisters. He didn't have much of a childhood as he had to work at a very young age to help raise and support his younger brothers and sisters.

He joined the Army and became one of the first Green Berets. He was very proud of that as he should be.
Richard served his country proudly and he loved people that took the time to thank him for his service when wearing his special forces beret.
After the Army he met and married his soul mate Jeanette who he adored every second up to his death.

Richard raised 4 kids and always worked at least 2 jobs providing them with everything they needed.

Somehow, he found time to coach baseball and football teaching his kids and other kids, the community sports, and more importantly dignity and respect. He also rented a school gym once a week for the neighborhood kids to play basketball and got them "off the streets".

Richard was one hell of a firefighter. In his time as a fireman he pulled 27 people out of burning buildings. He held all ranks as a firefighter and they didn't get paid then. He trained an mentored firefighters that moved on to better jobs than he would ever have. Dave Janizewski became Chief of Paramedics in Chicago, Cortez Trotter became Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department. and Roger Agpawa became a fire chief and now Mayor of Markham. Richard gave of himself selflessly.

He had a positive impact on everyone and God knows the world would be a better place with more people like him.
Richard's family would like to celebrate his life and all he has done. Most of all, they appreciate his love and guidance for so many years. He will always be loved and greatly missed.

Green Berets Dad
De Opresso Liber,
Firefighter Dad
We love you.