Olen William Karl, 83, of Independence, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Carmel Hills Living Center in Independence, Mo.

Olen William Karl, 83, of Independence, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Carmel Hills Living Center in Independence, Mo.

Olen was born December 1, 1928, in Emma, Mo., to Paul and Emma (Kuecker) Karl. He grew up in Emma, Mo., and attended public schools there, and had worked for the Emma Grain Elevator prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army, and proudly served during the Korean Conflict. Upon discharge from the Army, he spent a short time in Emma before moving to Independence to work as a truck driver for Santa Fe Truck Line until he retired after 30 years in 1984. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Teamster’s Union Local No. 41, the Kansas City Ararat Shrine and the Masonic Lodge No. 76 AF&AM. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marguerite, of the home; two daughters, Phyllis Hughes and husband, Lee, of Oak Grove, Mo., and Wanda McGonigle and husband, Jeff, of Independence, Mo.; grandsons, Richard Hughes, Brian Hughes, Christopher Arnone and Paul Arnone; great-granddaughters, Julie Hughes and Amelia O’Banion.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, near Emma, Mo. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel.

Donations may be made in his name to the St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 727 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.

Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel, 816-373-3600.

 

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