LTC Martin Robert Karig III

LTC Martin Robert Karig III

Middletown, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 2 Nov 2012 (aged 66)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 66, Site 6479
Memorial ID 100260425 · View Source
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Lt. Col. Martin Robert Karig, III (Army, retired), 66, of Lancaster, PA, died suddenly surrounded by his family in San Antonio, TX, on Friday, November 2, 2012. Bob was in San Antonio attending an alumni association reunion of Alpha Troop 2nd Squadron / 17th Calvary 101st Airborne Division (Air Mobile/Assault), of which he was a founding father and driving force in the association.

Born in Middletown, NY, he was the son of the late Martin R. Karig, Jr. and Dorothy Kortright Karig. He held a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Alfred University, a master's degree in business administration from Georgetown University, and had studied international business at Oxford University.

Bob was a career Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, before retiring from active military duty in 1989. Among his medals and citations were the Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and two Air Medals, one awarded for valor. Bob worked in the Pentagon while in the army and then as a civilian for the University of Maryland and also served on a consortium for Lockheed Martin.

After retiring from industry as a research and development program manager, Bob moved to Lancaster where he volunteered as a researcher and docent at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. He also volunteered for the Ontario & Western Railways in Middletown, NY, Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster and Habitat for Humanity. Bob was a former member of the East Hempfield Township Planning Commission. He attended Faith United Methodist Church in Lancaster.

An author, Bob's first two books: "Hard Coal and Coal Dust" and "Coal Cars: The First Three Hundred Years", dealt with the history of freight car technology. He was currently working on a third book, "From West Shore to Coal Fields", which traces the business histories of the New York, West Shore & Buffalo and the New York, Ontario & Western Railways, and a novel, "Pennies From Heaven".

Bob will be lovingly missed by his fiancée Dolores (Dolly) L. Bankert of Lititz, PA, his sister Lynda Karig Hohmann, MD of Albany, NY, his brother Thomas W. Karig, husband of Laurie of Port Huron, MI, his stepchildren Robert Harvey and Rhett Price, his granddaughters Hillary Brindley and Hope Price, his Aunt Helen O'Leary, his Uncle Don Kortright (Merle), his Uncle Dick, and several nieces and nephews and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Peter Allen Karig.

The Funeral Service will take place 11 AM Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543, with The Rev. Kent E. Kroehler officiating. A Visitation will be held 9-11 AM on Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or To send the family online condolences, please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

(Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era 11/6/2012)

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