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Patrick “Pat” Russell Karns

Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 08:07 AM

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Thumbnail (6)Patrick “Pat” Russell Karns, 86, of Franklin, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Born on November 24, 1932 in Canal Township, he was the son of the late Earl R. Karns and Viola (Jacoby) Karns Detrie. On June 9, 1956, he married the love of his life, the former Evelyn B. Cole; she survives him.

Pat proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force in the Korean War Era from December 9, 1949 to September 1, 1953. He was Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant, having earned a Good Conduct Medal.

For Pat, family and work were his life. He worked for Franklin Steel for 49 years, but retirement couldn’t keep him away. Pat returned to work as a Consultant for Franklin Industries to help get it up and running again; his happiest day at Franklin Steel was the day they started the plant back up and all the young people came back to work.

In his spare time, Pat kept himself busy with his hobby of building boats, teaching his family and friends how to water ski on vacation, and metal working. He was also a member of the Fox Street Church of God, a life member of the Rocky Grove Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Izaac Walton League.

In addition to his wife, Pat is survived by his three sons, Michael R. Karns, Thomas N. Karns (Pamela) both of Franklin, and Commander David A. Karns (Tambra) of Arlington, TX; his daughter, Cynthia Sutton (William) of Edinboro; his six grandchildren, Thomas N. Karns, Jr., of Franklin, Ashley Hoover of Greensburg, Andrew Karns (Beth) of Greensburg, Mathew W. Sutton of Edinboro, Nathan A. Karns (Jennifer) of Dallas, TX, Amanda Taylor (Jason) of Arlington, TX; and his great-grandson, Brody Alan Karns of Dallas, TX.

Pat is further survived by his sister-in-law, Darlene Coberly (Craig) of Venice, FL; his brother-in-law, Ned M. Cole, Jr. (Carol) of Melhorn, FL; and by his three nieces, Kathryn Bellin (Clinton) Patricia Bellin (Robert), and Marilyn Baird.

In addition to his parents, Pat was preceded in death by his step-father, Donald Detrie; his sister, Viola P. “Sally” Smith; his brother-in-law, Calvin Smith; his wife’s parents, Ned M. and Evelyn A. Cole; and his nephew, Johnathan Cole.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin, PA 16323, from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm.

Funeral services for Patrick will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc. starting at 1, with Reverend Randy Kightlinger, Venango VNA Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.

Pat will be laid to rest at Franklin Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Pat’s name to the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House, 3945 Forbes Avenue, Box 240, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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