Richard L. Nighorn, a native of Green Bay, Wis., and former resident of Ashland, Ore. and Barrington, Ill. passed away at the age of 90 in his home in Phoenix, Ore. A memorial will be held celebrating his life November 1, 2013. Those who knew him are invited to the November 1, 2013, 1:00 p.m. ceremony at Eagle Point National Cemetery which will be followed by fellowship including live music and food at 3:00 p.m. at the Clubhouse at the Creekside subdivision in Phoenix, Ore.
Richard was born in 1922 in Green Bay, Wis. to Louis F. and Lydia A. (Schoen) Nighorn. During the Great Depression, when people were grateful for any employment, he had a paper route for the Green Bay newspaper. He knew and could recount members of the Green Bay Packers and remembered watching them through the wooden fence on the field. One of the customers on his paper route was Curley Lambeau. After graduation from Green Bay East he managed a National Tea store in DePere. Later, he served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the U.S.S. Cavalier during which time that ship was involved in WWII military action in the South Pacific, earning Victory Medals from the American Campaign. He married his sweetheart, Catherine, in 1946 and earned a Bachelor's degree.
Richard was employed by major firms including Motorola and Matsushita during which time he was Chief of Internal Audit at an international level. In this capacity he made trips to Hong Kong, Honduras, Haiti, South America and many other locations.
After retirement he and his wife, Catherine, moved to Ashland, Ore. where he joined the Police as a volunteer and later served on the Phoenix Budget Committee where he was recognized for his service by the Mayor's Office. He also served as a member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Rogue Valley (Asante) Hospital and Medford Medical Clinic.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; sisters, Arlis (Nighorn) Bloedorn and Leetta (Nighorn) Wendorf; niece, Donna Bloedorn; and nephews, Arthur and Richard Bloedorn. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Nighorn Schmidt; nieces, Jan (Bloedorn) Laszewski and Katherine Dianne (Bloedorn) Marchol; nephews, Ellis Bloedorn, Eldon Bloedorn, Robert Bloedorn and Lee Wendorf; cousins, Don Nighorn, Alan Nighorn, James Nighorn, Mary Nighorn, Irma Schoen, Judy (Schoen) Mehlberg, Donna (Schoen) Kohel, Kaye (Schoen) Hintz, Roxy (Schoen) Carly, Cindy (Schoen) Opichka, and Mark Schoen. His daughter thanks Mrs. Sylvia Kirk who was of great help to him.