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Darrell G. Karnes, 62, Kokomo, passed away at 5:46 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 at his residence. He was born Oct. 17, 1954 in Kokomo to the late Ewing Karnes and Betty (Kline) Albertini. He married Karen (Davis) Karnes, the love of his life, on Sept. 14, 1991, and she survives.
After Darrell graduated Haworth High School, he enlisted with the U.S. Army to serve his country. He was stationed in Fort Dix, New Jersey and earned the National Defense Service Medal as a Marksman of the M16.
After his military career, he worked for Kokomo Academy as a transport driver. Darrell enjoyed fishing and playing euchre with his family. He was also an avid fan of the Cubs, Colts and Notre Dame. There was nothing more important to him than his loving family, especially his grandchildren. Darrell was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Kokomo.
Surviving is his loving wife of 25 years, Karen; son, Josh Karnes; daughter, April (Keith) Bentley and Sarah (Chad Plank) Janssen; two stepdaughters, Jennifer (Brad) Pollock and Amber (Jason) Laffoon; four grandchildren, Anna Haworth, Brayden Laffoon, Audrey Laffoon, and Samuel Bentley; soon-to-be-grandchild, Isaac Bentley; three brothers, Wayne (Joy) Karnes, Les (Cheryl) Karnes, and John (Tina) Albertini; sister, Anita (Mike) Paulo; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
A funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Ellers Mortuary Webster Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with Pastor Bob Clark officiating. The family will have a time of visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, April 10, also at the mortuary. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden. Full military rites will be conducted by the U.S. Army and the VFW Post #1152 Military Rites Team.
You are invited to read Darrell's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com where you may share an online condolence. Ellers Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
Published on April 8, 2017
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