William Phillip Karr, the son of William and Dora Baker Karr, was born February 20, 1893 at Blue Hill, Nebraska. He departed this life on Thursday, May 19, 1968 at the Grandview Manor in Campbell, Nebraska at the age of 95 years, 2 months and 29 days.
Bill grew up in the Blue Hill area and received his education attending the Sunny Slope rural School. On February 25, 1920 he was united in marriage to Mathilda D. Schulz at Red Cloud. This union was blessed with three sons, Clayton, Norman and Dever; and two daughters, Delores and LaVeda. They made their home in the Bladen area where they farmed and raised livestock.
Bill always maintained a strong work ethic and enjoyed the time he spent working the land and raising his livestock. He had a particular fondness of horses. In later years, Bill looked forward to taking Sunday rides in the car and spending time visiting with his friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mathilda on February 20, 1982; two sons, Clayton and Norman; and two sisters, Blanche Schulz and Hester Schulz.
Left to treasure his memory are his son, Dever Karr and wife, Arlene of Bladen; daughters, Mrs. Delores Krichau and husband, Russell of Bladen and Mrs. LaVeda Berns and husband, Ken of Blue Hill; two daughters-in-law, Betty Karr of Bladen; and Regina Karr of Blue Hill; 19 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; other relatives and his many friends.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, may 21, 1988 from the United Methodist Church in Bladen with the Rev. Lyle Linder officiating. Gretchen Lovejoy sang “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross” accompanied by Marjorie Lockhart, organist. The casket bearers were Darrell Karr, Kevin Karr, Garold Karr, Karl Berns, Jim Karr and Keith Pavelka. Interment was in the East Lawn Cemetery with the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud in charge of the arrangements.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends, neighbors and relatives for all the kind deeds and expression of sympathy shown to us in the loss of our loved one, William Karr. A special thanks to Rev. Linder and to the staff at Grandview Manor for all their care and kindness. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. -Mr. and Mrs. Dever Karr and family, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Krichau and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Berns and family, Mrs. Betty Karr and family and Mrs. Regina Karr and family.