Kenneth Frank Karber

Kenneth Frank Karber, 75, of Reno, Nevada, died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at his home. 

Mr. Karber was born on May 22, 1925 to George and Nellie McGinnis Karber in Rosiclare, Illinois. He was the youngest of six siblings. 

Mr. 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. 

Mr. Karber was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Nell Karber and Melba Stone of Rosiclare and Maxine Tucker of Springfield, Illinois. 

He is 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. 

A 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 Memorial.


Reno Gazette-Journal (NV) - May 4, 2001


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