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Dan Karr, 87, Overbrook: May 21, 1934 – Oct. 8, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Dan Karr, age 87 of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Oct. 8, 2021, at Ruble Ranch, Overbrook. He was born May 21, 1934, in rural Miami County, Kansas, the son of Ira Karr and Flo (Litson) Karr.

Dan grew up in the Paola, Kan., area graduating from Paola High School with the class of 1952.

On Aug. 8, 1954, Dan was united in marriage to Shirley Knowles, at Emerson Park Christian Church, Kansas City, Kan. They shared 65 years of loving marriage until Shirley’s death in 2019.

Dan was a full-time member of the Kansas National Guard from 1954 to 1990, retiring as a brigadier general of the 69th Infantry Brigade and leading the Kansas National Guard in the emergency preparedness division. Dan also served his country for a full year in Vietnam when his division was called up in the Vietnam War.

Dan loved spending time with his grandchildren in his retirement. He was always looking forward to their next adventure. Dan was very active in the Overbrook Rotary Club. He was also a member of American Legion Post 239, Overbrook, and for many years went to meetings and participated in S.U.V. In his youth Dan was an avid hunter, rarely missing a weekend to be out in nature.

Dan is survived by three children, Diane Lang and her husband, Tom, Michigan Valley, Kan., Brett Karr, Overbrook, Linda Garhart, and her husband, Jeff, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Doris Johnson, Oak Grove, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Jacob, Michael, Dustin, Taren, MaKenzie, Ashley, Nicholas; and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Karr; his parents; and a brother, Don Karr.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Overbrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the National Guard Museum, Miami County Historical Museum, or American Legion Post 239, Overbrook, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences can be left at www.lamb-roberts.com.

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