Frank Karber, 75, of Reno, Nevada, died
Sunday, April 29, 2001 at his home.
Karber was born on May 22, 1925 to George and
Nellie McGinnis Karber in Rosiclare, Illinois.
He was the youngest of six siblings.
Karber was a World War II Navy veteran, having
trained as a radio operator at Northwest
University in Evanston, Illinois. He was among
the first troops to land on Utah beach on
D-Day. After the war, he worked for father's
construction business. He later obtained his
journeyman's card as a bricklayer and worked
in various locations around the country,
including Las Vegas, Nev. where he helped
build several of the large casinos in the
50's. In the 60's, he joined the merchant
Marines as a radio officer and served on many
ships which went to southeast Asia during the
Vietnam war. He moved to Reno in 1980 and was
active for many years as a ham radio operator.
He was a member of the Society of Wireless
Pioneers. He was, as many of his generation,
fiercely patriotic throughout his life.
Karber was preceded in death by his parents
and three sisters, Nell Karber and Melba Stone
of Rosiclare and Maxine Tucker of Springfield,
survived by two sisters, Mary Webster and
Marie Lane of Rosiclare, two daughters, Carole
Reid of California and Kay Pethtel of Tomball,
Texas a son, George Karber of Tomball, Texas
six grandchildren, Erik, Kurt, Ryan and Joshua
Cornell, Ryan Fischbeck and Shannon Karber and
four great grandchildren.
memorial service will be held on Saturday, May
5, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. at VA Medical Center's
Chapel, 1000 Locust St., Reno, Nevada.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reno
Gazette-Journal (NV) - May 4, 2001