Louis Karl, 72
Louis Karl Louis Leland Karl Jr., 72, of Akeley died Friday, April 7, 2006 at SCCI Hospital in Fargo. He was born March 16, 1934 to Louis Sr. and Margaret (Pickar) Karl in Litchville, ND. He attended country school in Litchville, until moving to ...
Louis Leland Karl Jr., 72, of Akeley died Friday, April 7, 2006 at SCCI Hospital in Fargo.
He was born March 16, 1934 to Louis Sr. and Margaret (Pickar) Karl in Litchville, ND. He attended country school in Litchville, until moving to Akeley with his family in 1947. He graduated from Akeley High School in 1952. He worked in road construction four years on the Iron Range. In 1956, he was drafted into the US Army. He served two years active duty service and four years inactive duty service. He was honorably discharged in December 1962.
He married Judy L. Sitz June 25, 1960 in Park Rapids. They lived in Fridley and he worked for Lund's Ski Manufacturing in St. Paul. While at Lund's, he sanded all the jumper skis for the 1964 Winter Olympics. In the fall of 1964, they moved to Akeley. From 1965-70, he sold and delivered beer for Hamm's Distributing of Park Rapids. From 1970-90, he drove school bus for the Akeley School District and Walker-Hackensack School District.
He served as mayor of Akeley from 1970-82, was a long-time volunteer fireman for the Akeley Fire Department, 20-year charter member of the Akeley Lions Club and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow for humanitarian services in 1995. He also served as clerk for Akeley Township for six years, served 20 years on the St. John's Church Council, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis.
He is survived by his wife, six children, Kimberly (Mick Vredenberg) Hill of Dayton; Scott (Jodie), Shawn (Brenda), Jody (John), Stacy and Meri Beth (Brett), all of Akeley; two sisters, Doris (Donald) Beckerleg and Maxine (George) McFarren, both of Park Rapids; sister-in-law, Karen Karl of Park Rapids; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Rod-ney; and two sisters, Luella Schueler and Elsie Beckerleg.
Memorial Mass: Tuesday, April 11 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Nevis with Celebrant Father Duane Pribula.
Honorary casketbearers: His grandchildren, Jamie, Jordan, Kaitlin, Tanya, Bryan, Stephanie, Maggie Mae, Kristina, Erin, Valarie, Rhiannon and Isabelle.
Inurnment: Akeley City Cemetery.
Military honors were provided by the All Veterans Ceremonial Burial Team. Military Taps was played by Raymond Vaadeland.