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Gary W. Karns

August 22, 1938 - May 25, 2012

Obituary


Gary W. Karns of Hayward, WI passed away on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Gary William Karns was born August 22, 1938, the son of Delbert and Gladys (Dunlap) Karns. He grew up in Menomonie, WI where he developed deep and enduring friendships with many of his high school classmates. After graduating from Menomonie High School, Gary joined the US Air Force on September 18, 1956. He served his country until his honorable discharge on January 7, 1959. After his time in the service he attended UW Stout for...

Gary W. Karns of Hayward, WI passed away on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Gary William Karns was born August 22, 1938, the son of Delbert and Gladys (Dunlap) Karns. He grew up in Menomonie, WI where he developed deep and enduring friendships with many of his high school classmates. After graduating from Menomonie High School, Gary joined the US Air Force on September 18, 1956. He served his country until his honorable discharge on January 7, 1959. After his time in the service he attended UW Stout for a few semesters then transferred to UW Madison and graduated with a degree in finance. On November 11, 1978 Gary was joined in marriage to Marilyn Belknap in Madison, WI. After working in business in Madison for many years, he and his wife Marilyn moved to the Hayward area in 1991 to fulfill their lifelong dream of building their own house on Moose Lake. Gary became very active in the community. He was a member of the Town of Round Lake Volunteer Fire Department and a First Responder for 15 years. He was a charter member of the Chequamegon Lions Club. Gary was a Town of Round Lake Supervisor for four years and became Town Chairman in 2007. He held this position until the time of his death. Nothing brought him more joy then serving his community, of which he was so proud to be a member.

Gary is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marilyn; one sister, Lita Peterson of Port Washington, two brothers, Bill (Ruth) Karns of Monona, Jack (Sheri) Karns of Brooklyn; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Karen Karns; one sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Vern Green; one brother-in-law, Bob Peterson.

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