Mark J. Karle, 62, Topeka: Sept. 20, 1955 – March 28, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Mark Joseph Karle, 62, of Topeka, Kan., passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Stormont Vail Hospital. Mark was born Sept. 20, 1955, the son of Henry and Betty James Karle.

He grew up in Topeka, graduating from Jefferson County North High School. He married Deanna Whalen Aug. 12, 1978, in Topeka. He worked at the Highland Park Pharmacy and later at Dillons on Huntoon for several years. In 1986, Mark went to work at Blue Cross Blue Shield for 28 years, retiring 2015. He was an active volleyball and basketball official. He served as the UIC at the Ken Berry baseball complex for several years. Mark was the National Federation of High School Association Volleyball official of the year in 2009, and was inducted into the Kansas Volleyball Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Mark enjoyed playing golf and was a big KU fan.

Mark is survived by his wife of more than 39 years, Deanna; two sons, Ryan (Kimberly) Karle and Tyler Karle, both of Topeka; two brothers, Tim (Joyce) of Jefferson City, Mo., and John (Keri) of Columbia, Mo.; two sisters, Connie and Jeanie; a very much loved granddaughter, Madi; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 600 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka KS 66603. Please use the west entrance into the celebration room at the church. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Osage City Cemetery. There will be a celebration of life 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Landing Restaurant, 2920 SE Croco Road, Topeka.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mark Karle Memorial Volleyball Scholarship, to be awarded to a deserving Kansas High School senior girl going on to play college volleyball, and sent in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66608-1241. See www.davidsonfuneral.com.

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