Lloyd De Wayne Karnes died peacefully, Saturday, April 25th in the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Mishawaka. He lived in this area all of his life. Lloyd was born 91 years ago in Osceola to Rolley and Trella (Freed) Karnes. He was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers, William, Donald, and Robert, and two nephews, Scott A. Eiler and Robert L. Karnes.
Lloyd married Virginia M. Eiler, his sweetheart, who survives him, on June 29, 1946. Lloyd is also survived by his three children, Pam (Tom) Jozwiak, Kevin (Betsy) Karnes, and Kim Karnes. Lloyd is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Trisha (J.R.) Peare, Courtney (Tim) Comstock, and Kevin “Scott” (Charity) Karnes. He also took great pride in his four great-grandchildren; Cole Karnes, Josie Comstock, Ellie Comstock, and Cade Karnes.
Lloyd was very proud of serving for 29 months in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the Pacific theater for 19 of those months, during WWII. Lloyd was a shortstop for an All-Star game in the Midwest once, which was a favorite memory of his. He worked at Dodge Manufacturing Co., as a machinist when he got married. Later, he was a Mishawaka Firefighter until he got polio in his twenties. He was a business manager at the Mishawaka Times and also a credit manager at the Elkhart Truth. While at the Truth he acted as Union President, a position he thoroughly enjoyed. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, who attended Kenny Holtzman’s no-hitter on August 19, 1969. He also loved Notre Dame and Chicago Bear football. Lloyd was a funny, smart, and courageous man. He was a self-made man, a family man. He believed in the blessings of God (Ephesians 2:7). Virginia will be happy when she meets Lloyd in heaven. Lloyd will be deeply missed.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, April 29th from 5 until 7:00 pm, in the Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. A service celebrating Lloyd’s life will be held in the funeral chapel on Thursday, April 30th at 11:00 am, with Pastor Pete Jones officiating. He will be laid to rest in the St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mishawaka, 724 N. Main St., Mishawaka, Indiana 46545.