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Tracy S. Karst


1973 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Tracy S. Karst Obituary
Tracy Scott Karst, 38, of West Dauenhauer Street, died on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.
Born on Dec. 4, 1973, he was a son of Milton "Dan" and Gye J. Buddell Karst. A lifetime resident Tracy graduated from East Syracuse Minoa High School in 1991 and then served honorably in the United States Army from 1991 to 1999 in several combat zones while attached to the 10th Mountain Division of the 214th Infantry from Fort Drum, N.Y.
In 1992 Tracy was mobilized as the Task Force with the 10th Mountain Division to Homestead, Fla. in the wake of Hurricane Andrew for the disaster relief program.
Also in 1992 Tracy was deployed as part of the United Task Force for Operation Restore Hope that saw action in Somilia and was part of the ground forces infantry who rescued the Rangers who later became synonymous with the term and renowned movie of the title "Black Hawk Down" at the Somalian battle of Mogadishu.
In 1994 Tracy was deployed to Haiti and took part in "Operation Uphold Democracy" in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where the Mountain Division took, maintained and eventually turned over control to the 25th Infantry Division during that country's civil uprising.
Tracy's division was also deployed to Panama as part of a joint multi-national "Peace Keeping" mission and/or "Training Event"
Tracy married Christine Pastuf from Minoa on Aug. 8, 1998 and on Feb. 21, 2008 the couple was blessed with the birth of a daughter, Brooke Averi Karst.
Tracy had been a recent supervisor manager at Point Gain Communications and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bridgeport Post.
Surviving besides his wife and daughter of East Syracuse; his mother, Gye J. Buddell of Las Vegas, Nev.; his step-father, Steve Slingerland of Bridgeport; two brothers, Randy and Paul Karst, both of Oneida; his grandmother, Laura Karst of Cuba; his mother-in-law, Barbara Pastur and father-in-law, Ray Highbrown of Minoa; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephew and his dog, Shadow. Tracy was predeceased by his father, Milton "Dan" Karst.
Funeral services with military honors will be held 4:30 p.m., Thursday from Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc. 260 Main St., Oneida where the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Leo Wimett. Friends may call at the funeral home, 2-4 p.m., prior to the funeral service. Contributions, in his memory, may be made to an educational fund for his daughter, Brooke Averi. Envelopes for this fund may be obtained at the funeral home.
CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Oneida
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Feb. 29, 2012
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