Obituaries Dan Karr

Dan Karr


OVERBROOK — Dan Karr, 87, Overbrook, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Ruble Ranch, Overbrook.

He was born May 21, 1934, in rural Miami County, the son of Ira and Flo (Litson) Karr. He grew up in the Paola area, graduating from Paola High School with the Class of 1952.

Dan was united in marriage to Shirley Knowles Aug. 8, 1954, at Emerson Park Christian Church in Kansas City. They shared 65 years of loving marriage until Shirley’s death in 2019.

He was a full-time member of the Kansas National Guard from 1954 to 1990, retiring as a Brigadier General of the 69th Infantry Brigade, and leading the Kansas National Guard in emergency preparedness division. He also served his country for a full year in Vietnam, when his division was called up in the Vietnam War.

Dan loved spending time with his grandchildren in his retirement, and always looked forward to their next adventure.

He was very active in the Overbrook Rotary Club, was a member of Post #239 American Legion of Overbrook, and spent many years going to meetings and participating in S.U.V.

In his youth, Dan was an avid hunter, rarely missing a weekend to be out in nature.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Karr; his parents; and a brother, Don Karr.

Dan is survived by three children, Diane Lang (Tom), Michigan Valley, Brett Karr, Overbrook, and Linda Garhart (Jeff), Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Doris Johnson, Oak Grove, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Jacob, Michael, Dustin, Taren, MaKenzie, Ashley and Nicholas; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Overbrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Guard Museum, Miami County Historical Museum, or Post 239 Overbrook American Legion, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524.

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