A funeral liturgy will be held for Charles Jerome Karsky, 61, at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyoming with Father Gregory Drahman of Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Wheat Ridge, Colorado as the Celebrant. A Vigil for the Deceased will be held at 6:00 P.M. Monday, May 11, 2020 at the Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel led by Father Gregory Drahman. Interment will be in Glenrock Cemetery in Glenrock, Wyoming.
Charles Karsky died Thursday, May 7, 2020 at his home in Glenrock after a valiant battle with cancer surrounded by his loved ones.
Charles was born Wednesday, February 25, 1959 in Dickenson, North Dakota the son of Richard Robert and Mildred (Chalupnik) Karsky. Charles grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and was a lifelong Roman Catholic. He graduated from Saint Martin’s Academy in Rapid City in May, 1978. He worked in the family business in South Dakota for many years before moving to Wyoming to work in the natural gas processing business. He then had the opportunity to travel to Johnson Atoll in the Hawaiian Island Chain, where he was involved in old ordinance disposal. Charles returned to Rapid City, and met his true love, Kay Lakner. They eventually moved to Glenrock.
Charlie was a devoted son to his parents, very generous, supported his Church with tremendous faith and had a true devotion to The Blessed Virgin Mary.
He loved hunting, fishing, cooking, and golf. Anyone who played croquet with him knew how competitive he was. He was The Pro and you played by his rules!
Charles loved working in Hawaii and always had an awesome tan. It was there that he became a connoisseur of fine coffee and shared it with all.
He was devoted to Kay, his siblings, and his friends. He was a wonderful uncle to his dozens of nieces and nephews.
His indomitable spirit, infectious smile, and enduring faith will be missed, but never, ever forgotten.
Charlie is survived by his companion/partner, Kay Lakner, of Glenrock; brothers, Richard (Elaine) Karsky of Rapid City, Joseph (Julie) Karsky of Paynesville, Minnesota, Lawrence Karsky of Rapid City, and Jeff (Angela) Karsky of Pleasanton, Texas; and sisters, Sue (Dan) Washenberger of Rapid City, Mary (Ted) Zapp of Brooksville, Florida, Stephanie (Chuck) Emerson of Evans, Colorado, Paula (Luke) Saurette of Post Falls, Idaho, and Lisa (Larry) DiLorenzo of Littleton, Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard, on May 3, 2004 and his mother, Mildred, on December 1, 2005.
A memorial to the choice of the donor in Charles Karsky’s name would be appreciated by the family.
Serving as pallbearers were Roy Chamberlain, David Bradsky, Tom Bradsky, John Bradsky, Paul Bradsky, and Greg Olien.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
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