U of I Livestock Specialist Carlisle Dies

During his 30 years as University of Illinois Extension livestock specialist, Dick Carlisle received many awards and was named an honorary Prairie Farmer Master Farmer in 1978.

George Richard "Dick" Carlisle, 85, died Sept. 7 in Tulsa, Okla. Carlisle spent 30 years as a University of Illinois Extension livestock specialist.

Over the course of his career, he earned a number of awards including the Prairie Farmer Honorary Master Farmer Award, Illinois Extension Advisor Association Hall of Fame Award, the Pfizer Extension Award, the American Society of Animal Sciences Fellow Award, the National Hog Farmer Magazine Distinguish Service Award, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Distinguished Service Award, the Illinois Purebred Swine Council Distinguished Service Award, and the University of Illinois College of Agriculture Funk Award.

He was raised on a family farm near Carthage, and received a bachelor's and master's degree in animal science from the University of Illinois.

Carlisle is survived by his second wife, Connie of Willis, Texas, his son George R. Jr., and his daughter, Debra (Kenneth) and granddaughter, Kelly, all of Tulsa, Okla. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rene.

A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Carthage United Methodist Church in Carthage. A memorial service is being planned in Urbana at Wesley United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the G.R. Carlisle Extension Teaching Award through the University of Illinois Foundation or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

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