John R. Karels, 94
Blue Earth John Karels, age 94, of Blue Earth passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at St. Luke’s Care Center. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the St. Luke’s Chapel, Rev. Jan Redman officiated. Visitation was one hour before the service. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Winnebago. Online condolences can be left at www.pattonfh.com
John Raymond Karels was born on Aug. 17, 1925, to Heiko and Johanna (Klooster) Karels, in Blainsburg, Iowa. In fifth grade he and his family moved to Ledyard, Iowa where they remained for the next 17 years. He graduated from Grant Consolidated Country School in 1944. John went on to enlist in the United States Army and served from 1944-1946 in WWII and the Korean War as part of the Infantry Division.
After returning home, John lived with his dad and farmed for many years. He was also a plumber for many years. John met and married the love of his life, Merna Karels, Aug. 17, 1972, in Blue Earth. They were married for 46 years. John enjoyed gardening, puzzles and fishing. In his later years, his grandchildren and great grandchildren gave him the most joy. He was very proud to have served his country and may have been the most patriotic person you knew. John was a member of the Blue Earth Legion and Morris and Arrio VFW in Mankato.
John is survived by three step-daughters, Sharon (Larry) Hagge, of Lake Crystal, Marlene (Chuck) Heins, of Redwood Falls and Julie Danks, of Redwood Falls; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; as well as many nephews and nieces.
John is proceeded in death by his wife; parents; two sisters, Annetta Johnson and Agnes Patterson; five brothers, Karl, Henry, Andrew, Bernard and Richard Karels.