Edward R. Karrmann

December 20, 1943October 9, 2020

Indianapolis - Edward R. Karrmann passed away October 9, 2020. He was born December 20, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. He attended North Central High School and participated in JROTC and the Golf Team. Ed studied business at Indiana University and was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Ed had a full career working for over 40 years in the health insurance industry, commencing at American United Life Insurance.

Ed’s military career began at Myrtle Beach AFB, SC where he became a fully rated Air Traffic Control officer, followed by assignment in Osan Air Base in South Korea as Chief of Air Traffic Control Operations and finally K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI. He joined the Indiana Air National Guard in 1973 as Chief of ATC for the 235th Air Traffic Control Flight. Ed rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as Commander of the unit until his retirement in 1987. Ed received many awards and decorations including: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Readiness Award and the Indiana Commendation Medal. Ed was proud to serve his country and loved working in the Air Traffic Control environment. He was a great leader, respected by his peers and yet always found a way to have fun.

Ed was also well-known for being a scratch golfer, sharing his love for nature, cheering on Hoosier basketball and enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Those who knew him will greatly miss his sense of humor, gentle spirit and his knack for storytelling. His daughters will remember him most for his involvement and support of First Baptist athletics and North Central High School sports, hikes in Indiana State Parks, at home pranks and finding patience to raise four daughters.

Ed is survived by Jana Karrmann and her daughter Hannah Walley, former wife and lifelong friend Joyce Karrmann; sister, Jane Hensel; daughters, Kris (Chris), Kerry (Fabio), Katy (Raul) and Kelly (Adam); grandchildren, Nick, Quinn, Parker and Blake. A private memorial service will be held October 22, 2020 at Crown HIll Cemetery. A Birthday Memorial will be held on December 20, 2020 at George’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill from 5-8.


20 December

Birthday Memorial

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

George's Neighborhood Grill

6935 Lake Plaza Dr
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220


  • Interment

    Thursday, October 22, 2020


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Chris Wu

October 23, 2020

R.I.P., Ed. I've been eternally grateful to Ed for welcoming me into his home and family 30 years ago. I enjoy watching innumerable IU Hoosier Basketball games and golf tournaments on the couch together. Ed introduced me to the cheese ball and was great on the grill. We played many round of golf together and he always took time to sprinkle in golf tips and life observations. I clearly remember meeting Ed in the laundry room at 8181 Lincoln in 1999 when I showed him the engagement ring I had purchased for Kris. I asked for his blessing and he couldn't have been more gracious. Ed, we'll keep your legacy of thoughtfulness, light heartedness, and joking spirit with us.

Gary Hinkle

October 21, 2020

Ed was a dear friend, work colleague, & golf buddy for over 40 years.

He was a mentor to many and had a reassuring manner. He was a caring person with a strong sense of responsibility.

Condolences to his family. I will miss him and so will many others. Rest in peace ‘pards’.

Maggie Moss

October 21, 2020

I worked with Ed at Advantage Health. He was very kind, knowledgeable and a joy to work with. Bless his family during this difficult time.

Frank Wu

October 21, 2020

We miss Ed. He was a real gentleman and a dear friend. He was good at golf. For years I (Frank) tried hard to play the game, but didn’t amount much. All I got was a golf shoulder! He coached me and was always patient with me so that I won’t miss hitting the ball. I remember his smiles and the good time we had when we got together on and off the golf course and shared a drink. Ed, we miss you and RIP.
Frank & Grace

Katy Karrmann-Palomino

October 18, 2020

Dad, I can’t believe you are gone. I know you are in a better, peaceful place now, and this is what helps me grieve.
Growing up, you always made us laugh. You were a prankster at heart and you loved your 4 daughters. Whether it was practicing softball with us, watching golf together, helping to create a love for scary movies like “It “and “Poltergeist” , “The Birds” or watching Night Court or Seinfeld, you were there. Playing cards and board games , adventures at Eagle Creek, spending holidays together , many trips to Sanibel Island and watching every IU basketball game in the days of your favorite, Bobby Knight. made our childhood exciting. You taught us how to appreciate great music such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. I am so glad that in the past five years I was able to travel with you to French Lick & West Baden Springs and Reddington Beach, Fl. I will cherish all of those special memories. I will never forget our precious time together.Love you and miss you Dad , Katy

Rich & Deb Polk

October 18, 2020

Ed was a dear friend and a truly nice man. We served together for many years in the Indiana Air National Guard and enjoyed following Bob Knight and his Hoosiers! Have fond memories of our many fishing excursions, cook outs and drinking wine at the Pizza Hut (and other fine establishments!) We miss him! Our condolences to his Family.

Richard Sutton

October 18, 2020

Father Ed was my friend and a mentor. One of the best. RIP buddy.

Sharon Sutton

October 18, 2020

I was lucky to work closely with Ed for many years. He was kind, funny and got work done. So many serious talks with him about what life would bring. We should all have a glass of Chablis in his memory.

Debbie Hayden

October 18, 2020

I was sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I enjoyed working with him many years ago. Very fond memories. RIP Father Ed.

Steve & Gina Horton

October 18, 2020

Edwardo , you were always upbeat and positive. Enjoyed our days together in Brokerage Sales !
Everytime we raise a glass of your favorite beverage , we’ll think of you 🍷 RIP, Ed.....


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