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COL. Robert Howard Karre, USAF (Ret)

16 agosto , 193813 febrero , 2021
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Robert “Bob” Karre was born on August 16, 1938 in Horace (Greeley County), Nebraska to Howard Gailard Karre and Gladys Snell Karre and “flew west” from this life on February 13, 2021 at the age of 82 years and 6 months.

Bob grew up in north central Nebraska as the first of five children. He graduated from Burwell High School in 1955 and convinced his parents to let him enlist in the U.S. Air Force on March 13, 1956 at the age of seventeen. After basic training, he became an air traffic controller. Seven years later he entered Officer Candidate School from Chateauroux, France. After he graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant, he earned his pilot wings at Laughlin AFB, TX on March 18, 1964.

Bob faithfully served his country. Following pilot training, he remained at Laughlin as an instructor pilot for 4 years. In 1968, he was assigned to fly the A-1 Skyraider in Southeast Asia and flew over 250 missions. After finishing his Vietnam tour in March 1970, Bob rose up the officer ranks as a T-39 and T-38 instructor pilot, Air Liaison Officer (ALO), and NATO exercise planner to include two European tours at HQ V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany and HQ Allied Forces Central Europe in Brunssum, the Netherlands. After 6 years in Europe, he returned to Shaw AFB, SC, as an Air Liaison Officer assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. In preparation for that tour, he attended jump school and made 30 parachute jumps with various Army units. Bob retired as a Colonel after 31 years of honorable service.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with three silver oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation, AF Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters & valor device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, and parachutist badge.

Bob married Janice Richards, an Air Force nurse from Hialeah, FL, on March 19, 1964 - the day after graduating from pilot training. They enjoyed nearly 57 years together and raised three children. During that time, they moved often as they followed his various assignments in the Air Force. After Bob retired in 1987, they returned to their home in Converse, TX.

Bob continued to serve after his military career as a teacher for special needs children for 8 years, as the editor/publisher for the Order of Daedalians, a fraternal order of military pilots, and on scholarship committees for Kiwanis and various other organizations and on the City Council of Converse, Texas. In December 2009, Bob and Janice moved next door to the Army Residential Community in San Antonio, TX, and were much-loved members of the ARC family.

Bob loved his family and serving others in his community. Bob was the guy who would always help others when he saw a need. He was beloved by all who were blessed to know him.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents Howard and Gladys Karre, and his brother Henry Karre. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Janice, of 56 years; his sister, Ruby Ogden; his brothers, Gerald Karre and Dennis Karre and wife, Toni; his daughter, Debra Mathews and husband, Jeff; his sons, Raymond Karre and wife, Beckie and Howard Karre and wife, Kasia; and grandchildren, Robert Karre, Jared Mathews, Jordan Mathews, Brittany Karre, Jacob Karre, and Kayleigh Karre; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:30am-12:30pm on Thursday, March 18th, at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Rd, Universal City, TX, with the funeral service immediately following at 12:30pm. Father Charles Henderson and Lt Gen (Ret) Brett Dula will be presiding. Burial with full military honors will follow at 2:15pm, Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX. Services will be livestreamed -please refer to www.colonialuniversal.com for further details on joining the services virtually.

The family extends a special thanks for the wonderful care and support of the medical teams and staffs of the Army Residential Community and Brooke Army Medical Center. If desired, friends can make memorial contributions to the ARC Kiwanis Foundation, C/O Charlet Little, 8116 Quebec Drive, San Antonio, TX, 78239-3010. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.colonialuniversal.com.

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Mary McGreevy Keating

18 marzo , 2021

I am a cousin of the Karres. Gladys was my mother Helen's sister and the maid of honor at my parents' wedding (John and Helen McGreevy) in 1936 in Omaha. My mom loved Gladys and cherished all of you . I know Helen always grieved for Gladys after she passed.
I am very moved to read Bob's obituary and feel grateful for all that he did to serve our country and his community. His life story is an inspiration. I wish all young people could know of his remarkable life and accomplishments.
Please know that I hold you all in my heart and prayers.
I did see some of you at the Snell reunion in Greeley some years ago. A memory I treasure.

Patrick McGreevy

12 marzo , 2021

Dear Karre family,
I am writing to express my condolences on the death of Bob, my cousin. I was born on March 17, 1937 (St. Patrick's Day), in Omaha. My mother was Helen Snell McGreevy from Greeley, Nebraska. Bob's mother Gladys was my mother's sister, one of the 12 children in the Snell family. Gladys was maid of honor at my parents' wedding in Omaha in 1936. When I was a small child, we would go from our home in Sioux Falls to Greeley to visit the Snell family. We always made a day-trip to Burwell to visit the Karre family, and I remember Bob from those days. The last time I saw him was in 2007 when there was a Snell family reunion in Greeley. I know Bob was very much involved in planning that reunion. Gary sent me Bob's obituary; I knew he was in the Air Force but I had no idea what an impressive career he had. Indeed, much to be proud of. Bob and the Karre family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, Pat McGreevy

Dan Karre

12 marzo , 2021

My wife, Connie and I would like give you our deepest sympathy for your loss. As you remember and mourn your loss, know that you are being thought of with warmth and sympathy.

The obituary appeared in our local hometown newspaper, "The Greeley Citizen". It was a very nice tribute to Robert.

How we are related?
I am a 1st cousin, my parents were Horace and Monica Karre. there are only 6 children out of 9 left in the family. I have contacted my siblings here in Nebraska, to make sure they know.
I remember we all had a wonderful time at Karre Reunion that was held in Ord , NE. It is hard to believe that was ten years ago already. Robert gets all the credit for making that event happen.

Day by day, may the light of your memories heal your sorrow and bring you peace.
With sympathy

Dan & Connie Karre
4318 Michigan Ave
Grand Island, NE 68803

pat williams (Boyd)

6 marzo , 2021

Knew that Bob had health issues. Am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great guy who always showed compassion for his WAF charges in Officer Candidate School. Our gentle giant.

He had a successful and full life and the best part, a happy one.

He will be missed. Miss Boyd, OCS 63 D

Debbie Mathews

3 marzo , 2021

Dad... one of my favorite memories...when I was little, you would take me to the local nursery with you to pick out flowers and plants that you would plant in our yard. I still love planting flowers and being outside❤️ Thank you for always being a great Dad... I will miss you but look forward to planting more flowers with you someday in heaven. 🌻 🌸🌷

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"A Life Well Lived..."

Robert "Bob" Karre

Aug 16, 1938 - Feb 13, 2021

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Robert "Bob" Karre

Aug 16, 1938 - Feb 13, 2021

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