Below are condolences RollaNet has received concerning the recent Carnahan tragedy:
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Bob and Oma Carnahan
Ray and I moved to Rolla in the summer of 1963. We bought an unfinished new house in a subdivision and proceeded to finish it the way we wanted it by changing the planned garage to a family room and adding a carport on the back. Mel Carnahan was the lawyer who helped us with the title search and with all the details of the purchase of the lot and house. The house was purchased through the real estate company that was, at that time, owned by Bob Carnahan, Mel's brother. Shortly after we were settled in our house Mel and Jean bought the house right across the street from ours. The Carnahan's house faced the street that ran next to our house so our picture window faced their garage. I remember Ray telling everyone he knew Mel would be a good State Treasurer, during his campaign for that office, because he would get out every Tuesday morning before the trash was picked up and jump up and down in his trash can to compact the trash so he would not have to buy a sticker for another trash container. Ray would say if he is that careful with his own money he will be careful with the state's money as well.
Mel and Jean had three boys and one girl. Ray and I had three boys and one girl. Each of Jean and Mel's kids were a couple of years older than ours so that our daughter had a few dates with Tom, their youngest, and even when they weren't dating Clara considered Tom to be a friend. As Mel moved up the political ladder his oldest son Randy came into the law practice and began to help his dad with the work there. I believe that each of his children, Roger (Randy), Rusty, Robin and Tom are all lawyers and Rusty has from time to time run for political office. As the years have gone by Randy has taken care of more and more of our personal and business affairs. Just a few weeks ago we consulted him on a matter concerning an issue with the University. Following Randy's suggestions took care of what could have been a very sticky situation.
When Karen and I decided to form an organization called the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners (MFAO) we wanted to secure the assistance of a good lawyer to help with the incorporation, and writing the constitution and by laws. Needless to say, we turned to the Carnahan law firm. Randy, in his relaxed and thoughtful way, assured us that the ideas that we had could, in deed, be incorporated into this unusual organization. He has been there for us any time we have called upon him ever since.
Both personally and professionally, Mel and Randy Carnahan will be missed by this family and by the MFAO more than words can ever tell. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Jean, Russ, Robin, and Tom and Mel's brother, Bob, and their families from Karen and Lewis Strange, our children, Doyle, Kevin, Clara, Shawn and Ray and I.
George & Pat Hanson
Rev. Steve Cecil
John & Vicki Black