Donald Karr

Funeral services for Donald L. Karr, 84, Lawrence will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. at Graceland Cemetery in Burlington, KS.  Donald died October 20, 2011 at his home in Lawrence.

Donald was born on September 13, 1927 in Burlington, KS the son of John William and Addene Pearl Traylor Karr.  

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the World War II serving in the South Pacific on the USS Washburn.                           

He was a member of VFW Local Post #852 where he has held several office positions since 1950.  He was also a member of Local Union IBEW #226, Topeka. 

Donald was an electrician for Norris Brothers and retired from the local union in 1988.  He later worked for the University of Kansas in the Electrical Department until he retired in 1992.

He married Elizabeth “Pearl” Knoblock on March 5, 1949 in Emporia, KS.  She preceded him in death December 2, 1992. 

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Karr and Jerald Karr, both of Lawrence, Donald L. Karr, Jr., and wife, Cynthia, Topeka, KS; three grandchildren, John T. Karr, Travis J. Karr, and Erica S. Griffin; and two sisters, Lucille Reed, Topeka, KS, and Mary Ellis, Olathe, KS.

The family will receive friends from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to VFW Local Post #852 and may be sent in care of the mortuary. 



7 Condolences

  1. David Fallon on October 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

    My condolence to you and your family. It is never easy to lose a parent, I lost my Dad 10 years ago.
    5/46, Alpha 1969

  2. Don Harrell on October 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Jerry, Kenny, and JR:
    I don’t know if you heard that my mother passed away yesterday, too. I hold so many wonderful memories growing up beside you boys and your parents on Madeline Lane. My earliest memory of your dad was that he was extremely proud to have served in the Navy. I’ve thought about you guys and your mom and dad many times over the years. My heart is with you.

  3. Joyce Rose on October 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Don. May he rest in peace.

  4. Joe Blede on October 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Friend of Jerald Karr Sorry guy.Remember when you and him fixed yellow Chevy you had way back then. Joe Blede

  5. dee & willie holladay on October 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    great man

  6. Connie and Bill Boring on October 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Bill and I have not seen Don in some time, but we remember fondly playing shuffleboard at the VFW. Bill and I always enjoyed Don’s sense of humor. May you find comfort in your memories.

  7. Dave Harrell on October 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Jerry, Kenny and J.R,

    Sorry to hear about your dad. I don’t know much else to say. Y’all take care.


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