Gene Raymond “Karch” Karcher

October 11, 1944 - April 11, 2016
Gene Raymond “Karch” Karcher

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Gene Raymond “Karch” Karcher, 71 passed away at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Monday, April 11, 2016 following a lengthy illness.

He was born in East Liverpool on October 11, 1944 a son to the late Donald and Ida (Rogers) Karcher. Living his entire life in this area, he was a 1963 graduate of East Liverpool High School and worked as a Machinist for Jeffco before retiring in 2000.  Gene was a Veteran of the United States Navy, loved being outdoors fishing with his favorite “Co-pilot” Donnie Petrie, who was like a son, camping with family and hunting.  He loved playing cards until all hours of the night, playing the guitar and painting.

He is survived by a devoted daughter: Donna Karcher of East Liverpool, OH; one sister:  Nancy Sue Hissam of Lisbon, OH; many nieces and nephews along with two special great nieces and one special great nephew Makenzie, Mollie and Mason along with their mother Jennifer Petrie who were like his grandchildren whom brought joy and laughter to his life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Linda “Kookie” Karcher whom he married June 22, 1968 and a sister: Sandy Smith.

Services will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Kenny Cowdery officiating. Burial will follow in Columbiana County Memorial Park where the Tri-State Burial Group will accord full military honors.  A luncheon will follow at the Glenmoor American Legion.

Family will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers family requests memorial donations be made to help with final expenses.  Donations may be made at


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
12:00 AM

Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Calcutta Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, Ohio 43920


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Columbiana County Memorial Park - Directions
16078 Irish Ridge Road
East Liverpool, Ohio 43920


Tuesday, April 19, 2016
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Calcutta Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, Ohio 43920

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  • April 13, 2016
    Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard says:
    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Gene Raymond "Karch" Karcher, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete. I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of..... US Navy Veteran, Gene Raymond Karch Karcher, “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  • April 18, 2016
    Jp says:
    Much love uncle..give auntie some love.... Donna Turk.....and the rest of the family stay strong... Much love The Cali Family...