June 9, 1932 - April 15, 2012 EDMOND Richard S. Karam was born in Oklahoma City on June 9, 1932 to Ameen Salem Karam and Nellie Esther Adwan Karam. He passed away April 15, 2012 at the age of 79. After graduating from Classen High School in 1950, he served in the USMC, 7th Marines, from July, 1950 through March, 1952 in Korea during the Korean War. Upon discharge he attended Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1956. In 1959 he married Hannah B. Tharp, M.D. Together they enjoyed a wonderful life, blessed with their daughters Elizabeth "Lissa" Diane born July 13, 1964 and Sarah Julianna born July 25, 1965. From 1961 through 1964 Richard was employed in Oklahoma City by the IRS as an Internal Revenue Agent. During this same period he attended Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating in 1964. Upon graduation the family moved to Enid, Okla. where he practiced law. His and Hannah's wonderful marriage and delightful life together ended, in 1985, with Hannah's death. In 1985 Richard married Yvonne E. Pearce. In 1990 they moved to Oklahoma City to attend their parents and gradually move into retirement. Richard's and Yvonne's life was blessed with the loving acceptance of each other's children into a new family setting. During his retirement Richard continued his life long interest in sailing his sailboat at Lake Hefner. He renewed his interest in playing the tuba and enjoyed playing at all available occasions, including playing with the New Horizon's Band at OU, the Nichols Hills Band, his church orchestra, and various nursing homes. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Karam and his beloved daughters, Lissa and her husband Marc Renteria of Wichita, KS, Sarah and her husband Alan Sproles of Visalia, CA; his beloved step-children, Lyn Pearce of Oklahoma City, OK, Nikki Pearce of Pocatello, ID, and Jeff Pearce and his wife Toni of Santa Fe, N.M.; and his grandsons, Brady Sproles of Visalia, CA and Ted Warner and his wife Joanie of Wichita, KS; great-granddaughters, Alaira and Haven Warner of Wichita and Kaycie Miesen of St. Paul, MN; and his brother, Jerry Karam of Seattle, WA. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., April 21, 2012, at the Quail Springs United Methodist Church, 14617 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73134.
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Published in The Oklahoman on April 18, 2012