Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home

1010 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA


Wayne Jerome Karel

17 July, 194121 July, 2020

Wayne Jerome Karel was born on July 17, 1941 in Crookston, Minnesota to Genevieve Karel and Lawrence Karel.

Wayne passed away peacefully at the age of 79 years old, on July 21, 2020 at his family home in Yakima, Washington.

He was the youngest of 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Karel, and his children: Nona Karel-Vasquez, Leslie Karel, Tony Karel, and Tina Karel, 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces & nephews, including his nephew Dick Karel, who was more like a brother to him.

Wayne was preceded in death by his youngest son Timothy Dell Karel.

Per Wayne’s request, no services will be held.

Always remembered, he will be forever in our hearts.

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Mary Frances (Torrez) McLaughlin

26 July 2020

Just so everyone knows, we (Mary Frances McLaughlin and Mary Karel are cousins. Mary Frances' Grandfather and Mary's Father are brothers . When we were children we spent time together at family functions Very fond memories. Also, my husband, Roland, was good friends with Francis (Babe) Sauve , who was Wayne's Nephew, although they were the same age. My husband spent time with them when they owned Yakima Battery and were located on East Nob Hill.

Rick Lizotte

26 July 2020

My greatest memories of Uncle Wayne stem from my childhood. I remember watching Monday Night Football at his feet as I sat on the floor while the Steelers and the Cowboys played. I remember him showing up at Grandma Jo’s and visiting. I remember the family reunions. I remember him working at Yakima Battery. He was a great man! Much love to the family, especially Aunt Mary, at this time. May you be surrounded with love and blessed with many more beautiful memories.

Roland & Mary Fran (Torrez) McLaughlin

26 July 2020

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your husband and father. We still remember the New Year's Eve party we spent together in 1962. A life time ago when we were young and full of energy. We hope that Mary and the family will be comforted by our Heavenly Father.

Mia Karel

22 July 2020

One of my first memories is about when I was 7 years old, I would go to my Dads. He would take us to see his parents. My Father went usually on Sundays. My sister and I would ask for the puzzles. I remember when we would first get there we would always hug my Grandma and Grandpa. I remember my Grandpa’s beard scratching you on the cheek when you’d hug him. I cannot believe I will never smell the way he smells again, as I hugged him. I know that sounds weird. He had a very distinctive smell lol. I will miss him. I love him very much and Grandma Mary too. It comforts me to know that him and my Daddy are together in Heaven now though..


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