Weston Karr, 83, of Le Mars, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Weston Randall Karr was born Sept. 29, 1920, on the family farm near Ireton, the son of J. Randall and Mary Mae (Johnston) Karr. Weston graduated from Ireton High School in 1938. He attended the American Institute of Business (AIB) in Des Moines. He later completed courses with La Salle University in Chicago, Ill., and in 1941 he began working at Hendrie and Bolthoff in Denver, Colo. Weston was united in marriage to Edna Ione DeRaad on Aug. 29, 1941, at Denver, Colo. Weston and Edna returned to Iowa when he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942.
Weston served his country from early 1942 until his honorable discharge in December 1945. During World War II, he served in the CBI Theater-China-Burma-India. Upon his discharge, they returned to Colorado.
They moved to Le Mars in 1946 where they have since made there home. He worked as office manager at Lampert Yards in Le Mars from 1946 to 1948 before joining Plymouth Electric Cooperative in Le Mars. He had served as the office manager and general manager for 40 years, retiring in 1987.
Weston was a longtime member of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ, Le Mars Lion's Club, Elk's Club, Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars and had served as a peer counselor for several years.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Edna of Le Mars; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kendall and Karen of Craig, and Douglas and Linda of Petaluma, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kari Van Dam, Kory Karr, John Karr, and David Karr; and six great-grandchildren, Emily R., Peter, Tyler, Emily J., Brody, and Jaelyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Randall and Mary Karr; and five brothers, Hollis, Leland, Thurlow, Lyman, and Kenyon Karr.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ with the Rev. Dean Goebel officiating. Interment will be at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present to greet friends after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be John Karr, Leah Karr, Kari Van Dam, Rich Van Dam, Kory Karr, Lisa Ludwigs, David Karr, and Angie Scharff.