1917 - 2012
Floyd Karr, Walla Walla, formerly of Milton-Freewater, passed away Oct. 8, 2012, at his home at the age of 95 years. Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Chaplain Steve Cromwell officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home.
Mr. Karr was born May 1, 1917, in Overton, Neb., the son of Joseph G. and Olive B. Batie Karr. He grew up on a farm where he milked cows, stacked hay, mowed hay and learned to drive a team of horses. He began school at 5 years of age. While in high school, he played football (playing on a team that went to state), basketball, baseball and track. After his graduation from high school he continued working on a farm. Mr. Karr later moved with his parents and brother to Freewater. When arriving he worked planting tomatoes, at the Milton Box Factory, on a dairy, Rogers Walla Walla Cannery, Empire Brewer, and as a carpenter helping build houses and grain elevators.
He married Patricia Cockburn in Walla Walla on April 4, 1942. At the beginning of World War II he was turned down serving with the Army. He then moved to the Portland area where he began working in the shipyards. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to the European Theatre of Operations. After his discharge from the military, he began working in the parts department of a Ford garage. This became his occupation in many different areas, retiring in 1982. Mr. Karr was a member of Milton Lodge 96 A.F.&A.M., Walla Walla Elks Lodge 287 and the American Legion Post 24.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Karr, at the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Erik Martinson of Maple Valley, Wash.; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.