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Kenneth J. Carah

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Carah, Kenneth J.

Kenneth J. Carah, age 89, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Private family services will be held.

Kenneth was born May 10, 1928 in Birchwood, WI to Paul and Alice (Dakin) Carah. He graduated from Rice Lake High School in May 1946. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin- Madison where he attained a Bachelor's Degree in Geology in 1951. Kenneth married Marilyn Mason on September 4, 1956 in Richmond, VA. She preceded him in death on September 18, 2013.

Kenneth enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and served with the occupational forces in Japan at the end of World War II. While there he had the opportunity to climb Mt. Fuji. He obtained his commission in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt. in 1951. Kenneth served his country honorably for 22 years and earned several decorations including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal (3 Devices), RVN Armed Forces Honor Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Kenneth retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) in 1972. As part of his service, Kenneth served in Iceland, Japan, and Germany on two different occasions and stateside which included assignments at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland and at Fort Monroe in Virginia. During his time in Maryland, he functioned as the Maryland Port Authority Chief of Administrative Service.

After his retirement, Kenneth returned to Rice Lake in 1976 and was employed as a real estate agent with Century 21. He was named the 1982 "Realtor of the Year." In addition to his work, Kenneth served the Rice Lake community as the 3rd Ward Alderman. Kenneth would go on to serve as the director of the Melbourne-Tillman Water Control District Board in Melbourne, Florida and as President of the Port Malabar Lions Club from 1990-1991. He returned to Wisconsin Rapids in 2007 to be closer to family and friends.

Throughout his life, Ken enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, skeet and trap shooting.

Kenneth is survived by two children, Jean (Rodger) Erdman of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Paul (Julie) Carah of Phoenix, AZ; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marilyn and two brothers, Paul and Raymond.

Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on June 5, 2017
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