John Karr

John Karr

Wednesday, June 3rd, 1936 - Saturday, July 11th, 2020
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On Saturday, July 11, 2020, John Karr, a loving and
devoted Husband, Dad, Papa, Grandfather, Great
Grandfather and friend, passed away at the age of

John was born on June 3, 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois
to his mother Bernice and to his father John.

In John’s early years, he served in the Air Force.
Through his lifetime, he held various positions. John
then retired after 29 years, from the State of Florida
as a South Regional Administrator for Pari-Mutual
Operations in August 2015.

John was known for his quick wit, his infectious
smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He
was always known as the go-to guy.

John was a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs and Da
Bears. Football in general was his favorite passion.
He also enjoyed cruising through the Caribbean and
trying his luck at different casinos.

John is survived by his wife Pam of over 40 years,
his daughters Barbara/Mike, Debbie, his brother
Bob, his grandchildren Danielle/Rob, Bobby/Ashley,
Tiffany, and Mikey, his great grandchildren Logan,
Evan, and Ella Rose, and several nieces and

Due to COVID-19, we regret to inform you that we
are unable to have a memorial service at this time.

In John’s honor, donations to the Make a Wish
Foundation would be appreciated.
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Lynn Karkowski

Posted at 10:26pm
It was always a Joy ride in Uncle John's car. You never ran late.
Our greatest gift you gave us was Barbara.
You always trusted me to watch out for the younger cousins you had an intuition that was spot on to knowing when someone was not where they said they would be.
You gave me the encouragement that I needed for my life decisions and always had my back.
You disliked the way I carry around money for it was not neat and pressed and facing the same way. When I pull out Money I always think of you.
You would always let me know what I could or couldn't share with Grandma.
All the fun with drinking card games. Going to the Racetrack, explaining how to bet in Football pools. Playing blackjack. Restaurant gatherings.
Always fun family trips Wisconsin, Anchorage, Illinois, Las Vegas, Florida.
Uncle John gave many compliments about my children which I appreciated because it came from him.
I'm Thankful you met Auntie Pam she took such good care of you. Your Love and devotion for each other ensured years of memories with you which I will always treasure. We love our extended family.
We know you did it you way!

Forever in our hearts. We will Miss you Uncle John Love You

Robert Jacobs

Posted at 11:51pm
Some people called him John or Uncle John or Grandpa but he will always be Papa to me. I didn’t grow up with any of my grandparents around. Little did I know, about a decade ago when I met my wife, that I would also meet a man who would become a Grandfather to me.

I feel so blessed to have been able to spend a lot of time with Papa over the years. From regular weekend visits to holidays to ball games, we created a lot of memories together. One of my favorite memories is one from not that long ago. I got to spend my first Father’s Day as a father with him. He would often ask me to have, what he called “libations” with him, and I would mostly decline. But on Father’s Day I decided to just sit down, have a few libations, and have some great conversation time with him. It was such a great first Father’s Day and I will cherish that day for the rest of my life.

I’m going to miss him so much. Im going to miss talking sports with him. I’m going to miss watching Ella crawl all over him. I’m going to miss walking in the house and him saying “How you doing fella?”, followed by “Let’s get you a Coke”. Most of all, I’m going to miss the positive energy that he always had. No matter how he was feeling, he always stayed positive. I can only hope that I have the ability to spread that same positive energy the way he did.

I love you Papa. You will live forever in my heart.

Susan Milburn

Posted at 10:06pm
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