Robert A. Locarni, 81, Carthage, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at his home in Carthage.
Robert A. Locarni was born November 24, 1931 in Carthage, the son of Alfred D. Locarni and Freda Nyberg Locarni. He attended Mark Twain Elementary through the 8th grade and was a 1949 graduate of Carthage Senior High School. As a quiet young man with a quick mind, Robert was recognized by members of his high school class as being very intelligent with particular skills in mathematics and business. He was active in Saber Chain & Company B of the CHS Reserve Officer Training Corp and a member of the National Honor Society. Robert entered the University of Missouri and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1954. As a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, he was active in campus activities and his fraternity’s philanthropic activities. Robert’s interaction with others and service to the college community was marked by a quiet serenity. Robert’s father began work at the Arnosti Marble Company in 1926 and took control of the company with Kent Steadley in 1931. The Arnosti Marble Company was liquidated in 1943 due to personnel and material shortages during World War II. The company reopened in 1946 under the name of Locarni Marble. A short eight years later, Robert joined Locarni Marble as its treasurer. In time, Robert came to lead Locarni Marble as president and Chief Executive Officer. Under his tenure, the plant prospered, and at one time employed three daily shifts of 50 people. With Robert’s leadership, Locarni Marble became a member of the prestigious Marble Institute of America and was ranked as one of the top Natural Stone Fabricators in the USA. After 51 years of leadership in Locarni Marble, Robert sold the company in 2005. Even though a quiet man, who avoided the limelight, community service has been a hallmark of Robert’s life. He served on the boards of the Steadley Trust and the Bank of Carthage for many years. Robert has been a major donor to the Fair Acres Family YMCA and McCune Brooks Hospital. Robert was a strong contributor to the community through financial support for the Midwest Gathering of Artists, Art Central of Carthage, Carthage Council of the Arts, Carthage Music Devotees and the Boy Scouts of America. Robert has supported and helped many persons in need through personal acts of kindness that are always done privately. The community may never know just how many people this Quiet Carthage Hero has helped.
Survivors include two nieces, Shelley Rush, Carthage and Sarah Lashley and husband, Jeff, Overland Park, KS; a nephew, Rick Locarni, Sedalia, MO; a sister-in-law, Ida Ruth Locarni, Carthage; special caregivers, Kelly Heidlage and Sylvia Sprenkle, and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 29 at Grace Epsicopal Church, Carthage. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Grace Episcopal Church or the Grace Episcopal Garden Fund. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage.