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George Thomas (Tom) Karnes


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George Thomas (Tom) Karnes Obituary
GEORGE THOMAS KARNES (TOM), 76, passed away peacefully, on June 15,2015. He was surrounded by his family at his home. Tom was born in Hiawatha, W. Va in 1939 and was raised by his parents in Matoaka, W. Va. with his brother and sister. He attended West Virginia University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. In 1960, he married his wife of 55 years, Mary Faith Karnes (Suzie) and joined the Navy. He served for four years as a lieutenant jg. In 1964 he began working for Shell Oil Co. as a petroleum engineer. During his 30 year career with Shell Oil, he and his family lived in New Orleans, Houston, and Ventura, Ca. Tom and Suzie had 3 children, Kathy, Kelly, and Kyle. Tom retired from Shell Oil after 30 years and he and Suzie moved to Temecula, Ca. Three granddaughters were born after Tom retired. During retirement he enjoyed making stained glass windows and carving wooden birds. He also very much enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters. Tom and Suzie recently relocated to San Diego, Ca due to Tom's health needs. He is survived by his wife Suzie; his three children Kathy Garces (Fred Garces), Kelly Karnes, and Kyle Karnes (Gina Karnes); his three granddaughters, Audrey Garces and Marina and Sophia Karnes, and his siblings Ed Karnes and Claudia Nesbit (Robert Nesbit and Karen Nesbit). We already miss him, but we are thankful that he is in heaven and no longer sick. Tom's memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Linfield Christian School, 31950 Pauba Road Temecula, CA 92152. The service will be held outdoors, so please dress casually. Tom would want it that way. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, Liver Research Fund, in memory of Tom. Donations can be made online at aasld.org/donatenow or mailed to AASLD Office of Development, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314.


Published in Press-Enterprise on June 24, 2015
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