Paul M. Karcher

December 13, 2018 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Paul Michael Karcher died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Tucson after a courageous 12-year battle against cancer, with his wife of 61 years at his side.

He was born Jan. 18, 1936, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the late Frances (Novak) and Paul Karcher. In 1946, the family moved to Watertown, Wisconsin, when his father purchased the Quality Bake Shop. Paul graduated from Watertown High School, where he was active in athletics. He was high scorer and captain of the basketball team, and as a junior in high school pitched a no-hitter for the American Legion team. In 1957 he received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He married Cynthia Northrop, daughter of Sidney and Marie Schmutzler Northrop, on June 29, 1957. Paul served as a U.S. Army pilot for four years.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, David, John (Teri) and Tom; five grandsons, Owen, Max, Ian, Hayden and Ethan; a granddaughter, Sara Boyle; and a great-grandson, Will. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard (Arend) of Amsterdam, Holland; Eugene (Gail) of Apex, North Carolina; Fred (Cinet) of Emporia, Kansas; and his sister Frances (Jerry) Bonewitz of Tucson.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley. Memorial donations may be made to UAF/Arizona Cancer Center, Sarcoma Research, PO Box 24518, Tucson, Arizona 85775-2101 (www.uafoundation.org/support-ua/cancercenter).

To leave a condolence, please visit Paul’s memorial page at www.VistosoFH.com.

Vistoso Funeral Home

2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Oro Valley, Arizona