Raymond Kargard, 98, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a former resident of Marinette, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at the Luther Home. He was born February 15, 1914, to the late Peter and Marie (Thorsen) Kargard in Chicago, Ill.
Raymond moved to Marinette in 1942, to become employed by the Marinette Marine Co. during its start-up as a World War II shipyard. He was responsible for the supervision of lofting and as technical liaison for the company with the design and inspection agencies. In 1944, along with his father and brother, Allen, he formed the Kargard Boat and Engine Co. to engage in Maritime Commission and Navy construction projects as well as the manufacture of small sailing craft. The name of the company was changed to The Kargard Co.  currently known as Silvan Industries, when it diversified into the manufacture of tanks, pressure vessels, and other industrial products. After selling the company in 1970, Raymond was self employed as a consultant until 1979, when he became the founding president and chairman of Fire Combat Inc. a manufacturer of fire protection equipment. He retired from active participation in the management of that company in 1995. Ray was a registered Professional Engineer and a life member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, a member of St. James Lutheran Church and Church of the Seas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Raymond married Charity Elnora Popke on June 29, 1946; she preceded him in death in 1991.
Raymond was also preceded in death by his brother, Allen, in 1986. Raymond is survived by a niece, Ann Marie (Dan) Heider of Marinette and a nephew, Peter Edward (Mari) Kargard of Delafield and their families and a special friend Janice Williams.
Friends may call at the Thielen Funeral Home on Friday, December 28th from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 6 p.m. with Chaplain Darrel Diers officiating.
Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established for St. James Lutheran Church.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Luther Home and Dr. Michael Post for the wonderful care Raymond received.