Karns, Terry G., age 81, of Mt. Arlington, NJ, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice following a stroke and many years of ongoing health issues. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, Terry moved several times while in the Navy and then relocated his family to New Jersey in 1973; settling in Stanhope, where he lived until 2019.
Terry was a graduate of Louisiana State University, a die-hard LSU fan (Geaux Tigers!) and a proud member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After ROTC and OCS, he served as a Lieutenant JG in the United States Navy from 1962-1966 on the USS Cavalier and in the Public Affairs Office at the Naval Air Station-Pensacola, FL. After being honorably discharged, he worked for BASF Corporation in the Human Resources Department for 30 years until his retirement in 1998, then for W. Kodak Jewelers. As a volunteer with the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation, Terry helped many young women pursue their dreams of holding local, state and national titles which would allow them to have a platform to enact change in themselves and the world. He enjoyed theater (both performing and watching others), playing cards and games, travelling (especially cruises and the Great Smoky Mountains) and good conversations with those he cared about. Terry was both an ordained Elder and Deacon and was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church, Flanders, where he participated in the men’s Bible study group and briefly served on the Board for Fun ‘N Friends Preschool.
Terry was the son of the late BT and Agnes Karns (Lockhart). Survivors include his beloved wife of 58 years, Willadene (Oglesby), his daughters Kelli Taggart (Jim) of Phoenix, AZ, Gennifer Otinsky of Lake Hiawatha, and Sara Mc Hugh (Steven, Sr.) of Byram, as well as his cherished grandchildren Steven Mc Hugh, Jr., Kyle Mc Hugh, Madeleine Otinsky, Cooper Otinsky, and countless other extended family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held in late December at UPC, Flanders. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Terry’s name to The Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude’s Hospital. Arrangements and online condolences through Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.