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Richard “Dick” Caraway

September 22, 2017

Richard C. “Dick” Caraway 82, died Friday, September 22, 2017 at Wesley on Woodlawn Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.  He was born July 24, 1935 in Simpson, Kansas to William Guy and Ethel (Grace) Caraway. He was preceded in death by two wives: Betty L. (Brott) Caraway and Sandra (Lundquist) Caraway. Dick was a 1955 graduate of Beloit High School.  He worked 15 years at IML Freight, and as a desk manager at motel 6. Dick also worked for several years as a greeter at the Newton Walmart where he made many friends and community connections. He greatly enjoyed his time at Walmart and looked forward to going to work.  He served his country in the National Guard from 1952 to 1961 earning an honorable discharge.


Dick enjoyed growing up in Beloit and spending time with his brothers fishing in the Solomon River.  In his adult years he looked forward to trips to Nebraska to see his brother Bob. Dick was also loyal in his visits to the cemetery to place flowers on his brother William and other family member’s graves. He looked forward to time with his family and sharing stories and memories of growing up around Beloit.  He relaxed by carving wood and sharing his creations he also enjoyed the company of his favorite dog lady.


Dick is survived by his brother Robert of Ogallala, NE; daughter Elizabeth (Gary) Gatz of Newton, KS; Janet (Dave) Wallace of Newton, KS; Sallie (Dave) Schroeder of Twin Falls, ID.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents, two wives, and brother William.


Graveside committal service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Elmwood Cemetery in Beloit.  Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Memorials are suggested to Davita Dialysis in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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16 thoughts on “Richard “Dick” Caraway

  1. Buffy & Family,
    Sorry for the loss of your dad. He always had a smile for us when we would go to Walmart. We will miss seeing him on our shopping trips.

  2. I enjoyed working with Richard. When he had a CBL to do in personnel, he’d slap down the back of his badge with his log in information, wait for us to get him in the system, and with that cute little smile always thank us for helping us get him going.

    He never complained even when he was hurting.
    He was a special guy.

  3. Rest In Peace! You were a great man and I loved our conversations we had, gonna miss those, and most of all gonna miss you! Your Walmart family loved you very much!

  4. Richard was a beautiful soul…i know him from work…He always had a smile and a hello for me. I always gave home a fun hard time about his snacks…”Richard,whats in that bag today? Do you have chocolate??” He would laugh and most of the time say”well,maybe”
    I am going to miss my friend,and that smile:)

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. I only know of him from Walmart. Will miss seeing him and chatting.

  6. I remember when a little family almost got away with walking out of lawn and garden without for an item, but Richard shut that down when they tried to get passed him without a receipt! Had a good laugh about that afterwards lol! Rest In Peace Richard.

  7. prayers and thoughts to the family and he always had a great smile and he was a really close friend to me and Dalton Miller and he loved to pick on both Dalton Miller and I when walking into Walmart and he also love to talk and cheer Dalton and I up .

  8. I enjoyed richards time. I work in produce so he would call me bananna king! Seemed like he always got chicken mashed potatoes and coleslaw in his deli meal. I sat with him many times on the benches and in the breakroom. I wont soon forget him!

  9. I will miss Richard’s smiling face and positive attitude!! I have enjoyed working with him over the years. He loved his job and everyone he met coming thru the door.

  10. Rest Richard, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

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