Richard W. Karing


Richard W. Karing of West Middlesex, formerly of Sharon, died on Monday, May 13, 2019, in Sharon Regional Health Medical Center of pancreatic cancer. He was 66.
Here is my story: One thing I was really proud of was making it through my life without a cellphone or computer. I loved keeping "Big Brother" on the run.
I graduated from Sharon High School in 1971, where I participated in football and track and field. I tried my best.
During high school I worked at the Columbia Theater and Mott Robertson's Ice Cream plant. After that I went to National Castings, Sharon Steel and Joy Cone before I found my permanent home at Wheatland Tube for 41 years.
I helped coach midget football in West Middlesex for 15 years, but my greatest passion was coaching the Yourga Indians in West Middlesex Little League for 30 years. I really enjoyed teaching the kids how to play the game and have some fun, too! I say thanks to all the kids and my coaches for making it one of the highlights of my life. Remember, 10 in a row; come on, throw strikes; and, show time!
I also had a Pirate season ticket since 1997 and enjoyed going to the games when I could.
Next, the guys I worked with at Wheatland Tube. Let me say you made it interesting, frustrating and fun. I enjoyed every minute of it. I truly enjoyed my job and being around all you guys.
But I would have to say that the group of guys I worked with the closest in my last four years were the best. Thanks Tim, Mike, Spiro, Gary, Ray, Scott, Greg, Mark, Fred, Bill, Kenny and Mike; a privilege for sure. Hey, guys, don't throw any couplings, and please pick up the caps.
I especially want to thank my wife, Terri, whom I married in 2004, for doing her best with her son Mark's help till the very end. Luv ya! And to our five cats, Maynard, Peanut, Sam, Magic and Caligirl for their companionship too.
I am survived by my wife, Terri, at home, step-sons, Stephen (Jennifer) Matasic of Coitsville, Ohio, Mark Matasic in Campbell, Ohio, Michelle (Jonathan) Burnett of Dublin, Ohio; grandchildren Michael and Sophia Matasic, Berlin and Sabastian Burnett; three brothers, Paul of Mercer, Brian, in Hermitage and Chris (Angela) of Sharon; and my nephew, Nicholas Karing of Greenville.
Predeceased by my parents, Edward and Freda Karing.
A very special thanks to: my baseball buddy, Joan D'Urso; friend and fellow workers Brian Ruffo, Earl Wiley, Jeff Grande, Mark Freind, Gary McIlhinney, Gianni Ruffo, Mike Ruffo, Gary and Travis Wojtalik, George Burns, Mark Marcucci, and Mark Mikulski. Jeff Miodrag, Patte Thornburg and Amy Tuscano. Awesome guys, Thanks! Darlene and Ann Ruffo for help with my antibiotics. Our neighbors Brittany and Shone for the help, meals and prayers. Eric and Lori for cutting the grass and their thoughts also. Frannie and retirees at the diner and to Dr. Shasdeva, Dr. Vallub, Dr. Hassan, Dr. Khurana and nurses Sherrie and Kim, in Hermitage and Cleveland, for keeping me going as long as they could
Well, I guess that's it. All that's left to say is that it was one heck of a ride, and I'll see you again on the other side!

Richard W., 66, of West Middlesex.
No calling hours or service, per his request.
A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell is in charge of arrangements.
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May 20, 2019
A hell of a read, hell of a life .
Hope I can do this too. To
Family , Paul 2 , my condolences.
See u next time
Tracy Thompson
May 16, 2019
Rick helped develop a few young men for sure...He will surely be missed by WM.
Brenda Morella Johns
May 15, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Rick's family, he was one of akind!! The love he had for coaching the Indians and he made a impact on every boy he coached!! I have alot of wonderful memories that I will cherish. Praying for all of you.
DJ And Sally Puskar
May 15, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to Rick’s family. A truly selfless person that was a great influence on so many. A great coach who taught me to play the game of baseball the right way and I will never forget that. 10 in a row!!! RIP Rick
Shawn & Donna Wingard
May 15, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to Rick’s family! He will be missed by so many!
Jeff Puskar
May 15, 2019
My thoughts and prayers to all of Ricks family. I will never forget his kindness and everything thing he did for all of us like letting us use his trans am for prom and the many pirate games he took us to when we were younger. Way too many to put here but he will never be forgotten. Yourga Indians for life. RIP my friend
Marcus Orendi
May 15, 2019
Paul,Brian and Chris my Sympathy to you guys.
Ricky White
May 15, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Rick’s family. He will truely be missed. I will always carry the memories I have of Rick and my interactions with him. For 30 years he kept the Sweesy Baseball field in tip top shape. It was definetly the best field in Mercer county hands down because of his dedication. He was a great coach, mentor, big brother, and father figure to so many kids growing up in the West Middlesex little league organization. 10 in a row is definitely one of many things I will never forget from him. I will always cherish the time I got to spend with him on and off the field. Rest In Peace cousin and will see you again someday.
Debbie Hopkins DiCarlo
May 15, 2019
To Rick's beautiful family My. Deepest Sympathy. I remember Rick in my Study hall always fun, always with a smile and always a pure gentleman. Such a loss for our Class of '71. Debbie Hopkins-DiCarlo.
Todd Jordan
May 15, 2019
To Chris, Brian, Paul and the Karing was with deep saddness in hearing about Rick. I remember him always smiling all those years when I was hanging around the house. He was so nice to talk to and I remember getting to go to some Pirates games using his tickets. God bless. Rest in peace Rick until we meet again.
Frank Neumann
May 15, 2019
I worked with Rick for eight years. Going to miss seeing you out and about with your purple Mustang. The world's not going to be the same without you, brother.
Robyn Churko
May 15, 2019
This man with such a huge heart will be missed by so many. Sending condolences, prayers to Rick's friends and family as we hold fond memories in our hearts. We are all thankful to have known Rick for so long ... good times began as YOURGA INDIANS!
With Sympathy,
The Yourga Family
Beverly, Daphne,
Marc, Geoff, Lainy, Robyn and Marcie
(Buskirks and Churkos ... where the nickname "Buzzy" got started!)
Bill Kerins
May 15, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Rick was a great person and always greeted people with a big smile. He was kind and compassionate and a dedicated worker at Wheatland Tube. May God grant him eternal rest.
Randall Carroll
May 15, 2019
Rick it was a pleasure working with you and knowing you. You were a terrific person always willing to help and a dedicated worker. We will all miss you. God bless you and rest in peace.