Ben Karpe Sr.

September 10, 1920March 19, 2014
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Ben Karpe Sr. age 93 of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, passed away March 19, 2014.

Survived by wife, Phyllis Claire Karpe; sons, Ben A. Karpe Jr. (Debra) and Ronald Eugene Karpe (Toni); 7 grandchildren, David Eugene Karpe, John Martin Karpe, James Allen Karpe, Anna Marie Spah, Tamera Lynn Woodard, Jason Henry Karpe and Aaron Kyle Karpe; 7 great-grandchildren, Gavin James Karpe, Kaia Lily Karpe, Zoey Lynn Spah, Brooke Marie Spah, Lewis Reed Karpe, Alison Page Woodard and Audrey Ann Woodard; Brothers, Earl Karpe and Gene Karpe; sister, Ruth Wonker; Nieces and Nephews, Cynthia Karpe, Dale Karpe, Carol Wonker, Laurel Wonker, Peter Karpe and Mary Jane Nelson.

~Visitation~ Sunday, March 23, 2014 5 pm to 7 pm Gearhart Funeral Home Coon Rapids, MN

~Funeral Service~ Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11 am Gearhart Funeral Home Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Visitation one hour prior to service on Monday.

~Interment~ Morningside Memorial Gardens Coon Rapids, MN

Gearhart Funeral Home (763) 755-6300


  • Visitation Sunday, March 23, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 24, 2014

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John Karpe

December 5, 2017

I miss you Grandpa! Thank you again for all your years of love and guidance. I'll see you soon!!

Kathie Vanaugh

March 27, 2014

To all the Karpe immediate and extended family - my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the loving memories of Ben Sr. bring you lasting joy, and your faith in the Lord bring you peace and comfort. The pictures in the memorial gallery are wonderful. He will be missed. Praying God will hold you close and gently ease your sorrow. A friend always, Kathie

Jodi Jones

March 26, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your loss

Karen Hassell

March 25, 2014

I never met Ben & Phyllis in person, but feel I knew them well from all the contact my children & myself shared with grandson David. Dave loved, deeply respected, and always spoke kindly and often about how great his grandparents who raised him were. Thank you both for providing a very respectable friend and example for my children to be with. Ben rest in peace for a job you and Phyllis accomplished by teaching a child great human kindness and respect along with many other valued traits.. Thank you both for your part in providing an outstanding contribution to a better world.

David Karpe

March 24, 2014

With all our love...

Wayne Howe

March 24, 2014

Mr Karpe was one of the kindest guys that I have ever known. I will truly miss seeing him next door and visiting him at the fence. Until we meet again,

David Karpe

March 22, 2014

God speed, Grandpa! Thank you for everything you ever did and what you have inspired me to be. I love you - we'll see each other again.