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Lawrence “Larry” J. Karnowski

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Lawrence ‘Larry’ J. Karnowski died Oct. 8, 2012. Born Oct. 5, 1935, the second of 10 children in Brainerd, Minn. He joined the Navy in 1955. In 1957 he won appointments to the Air Force and Naval academies; he chose the Air Force in order to become a pilot. He graduated class president, wing commander and captain of the golf team in 1961. He was an Ohmstead and Rhodes scholar candidate. He married Patricia Legters while he was stationed in Chateauroux, France. He later attended Northwestern University and received a masters in economics and then taught economics at the AF Academy. He then flew a C-118 in Vietnam and later in Belgium. In 1977 he was assigned to WPAFB where he retired in 1980 as a Lt. Colonel. After retirement he worked at the Mound Defense Plant as a quality control engineer until he retired in 1989. He spent his remaining years at “Polish Pond” doing what he loved: golfing, fishing and mowing. He is survived by his sons, Mike, Mark and Eric; their wives and his grandchildren; also his brothers, Jack, Joe, David, Ron, Chuck and Tom; and sisters, Janet, Irene and Mary. In lieu of flowers, Larry wanted you to buy a bottle of good booze and have a drink on him. He will miss you all.

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