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Nighorn, Richard L.

Richard L. Nighorn, a native of Green Bay, Wis., and former resident of Ashland, Ore. and Barrington, Ill., passed away at the age of 90 in his home in Phoenix, Ore. A memorial will be held celebrating his life on Nov. 1, 2013, at the Eagle Point, Oregon VA Cemetery followed by fellowship at the Clubhouse at the Creekside subdivision in Phoenix, Ore.

Richard was born in 1922 in Green Bay, Wis., to Louis F. and Lydia A. (Schoen) Nighorn. At a young age he worked hard in the family business of dairy farming during the years of the Great Depression. As a youngster, he served as a school crossing guard. His grade school teachers charged him not only with tutoring others but with opening a bank account for his classroom. He was profoundly influenced by the closure of the McCartney National Bank which swallowed the meager funds of the children whose nickels and dimes he and his teacher had put into the Bank for safekeeping. These events played a role in his life long desire to support careful, straightforward accounting and forethought on the part of government.

In a time during which people were glad for any employment he had a paper route for the Green Bay newspaper. This allowed him to provide necessities and a few luxuries for his family during the poverty of the Depression years. He knew and could recount the members of the Green Bay Packers and remembered being able to watch them through the wooden fence on the field. One customer on his paper route was Curley Lambeau. After graduating Green Bay East he managed a National Tea store in DePere. Later, he served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the U.S.S. Cavalier during which time that ship was involved in WWII military action in the South Pacific. He earned Good Conduct and Victory Medals in the American Campaign. He married his sweetheart, Catherine in 1946 and earned his Bachelor's degree while working and going to night school. He planned and built a home in Barrington, Ill., where they resided from 1960 to 1988.

Richard was employed by major firms including Motorola and Matsushita during which time, as head of the Audit Department he was charged with international oversight of internal audit. In this capacity he made trips to Hong Kong, the Honduras, Haiti, South America and many other locations.

After retirement, he and his wife, Catherine moved to Ashland, Ore., where he built their home and joined the Ashland Police as a volunteer member. Later he became a resident of Phoenix, Ore. and served on the city Budget Committee gaining recognition by the Mayor's Office for his service. He also served as a member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Rogue Valley (Asante) Hospital and Medford Medical Clinic.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; sisters, Arlis (Nighorn) Bloedorn and Leetta (Nighorn) Wendorf; niece, Donna Bloedorn; nephews, Arthur and Richard Bloedorn; and is survived by his daughter, Sharon Nighorn Schmidt; nieces, Jan (Bloedorn) Laszewski, Katherine Dianne (Bloedorn) Marchol; nephews, Ellis Bloedorn, Eldon Bloedorn, Robert Bloedorn and Lee Wendorf; cousins, Don Nighorn, Alan Nighorn, James Nighorn, Mary Nighorn, Irma Schoen, Judy (Schoen) Mehlberg, Donna (Schoen) Kohel, Kaye (Schoen) Hintz, Roxy (Schoen) Carly, Cindy (Schoen) Opichka, and Mark Schoen. His daughter thanks Mrs. Sylvia Kirk who was of great help to him.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Oct. 27, 2013
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