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Richard Stanley Korgan

March 2, 1947-
October 18, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce that Richard Korgan, the youngest son of George and Emilija Korgan, passed away on October 18 surrounded by loving family and friends. Richard was born in San Pedro, educated at Cabrillo Avenue, Dana Junior High and San Pedro High and was a proud member of ILWU, Local 13. He was shaped by his immigrant Croatian parents, by friendships forged in the town of his birth and by his personal interests and talents. He loved walking along Paseo del Mar, working out religiously, taking long uncharted road trips with his brother Larry, restoring classic cars and his 1920s home, jazz, "doo-wop" and oldies music and hanging out with the "Coastliners," a club he created with one rule: there are no rules, no dues and no meetings. Richard was a gifted humorist. Using his whole body and varied facial and vocal expressions, he could tell stories from his Pedro experiences that created howls of laughter no matter how often he repeated these accounts. He was a person everyone liked immediately because of his kind and natural ways, friendliness and warm personality. He met the challenges in his life with courage and honesty; he faced the up-hill climbs with stops along the way, yet he prevailed. He is survived by his two sons, John (Heidi) Korgan of Modesto and David Korgan of Istanbul, Turkey; two adored granddaughters, Taylor and McKenzie; brothers, Bob Korgan, Larry (Meg) Korgan of Atascadero and sister, Georgia K. Cordero; and devoted sweetheart, Dee Trapani. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Branka (Becky) Milosovich. The family extends thanks and appreciation to Larry and Meg Korgan, Patricia Russo, Dee Trapani, Charlie Enstedt, Dennis Hathaway, Christine Foster and all the neighbors and friends who gave support in Richard's final days. The family is particularly grateful for the services of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. A celebration of Richard's Life will be held at Point Fermin Park (at the stage in the main park across from Walker's Café) on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Reception immediately following at the park. Casual dress. In lieu of flowers, Richard requested donations be made to his favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. You are welcomed to leave the family a message or share memories at www.mcnerneysmortuary.com

Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 22, 2011
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