James Karoly (1926 - 2014)

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James Edward "Jim"

James Edward "Jim" Karoly, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, passed away August 23, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Jim was born December 3, 1926, to Mary Buyaki Karoly and Balint Karoly, both of whom immigrated to the U.S. from Hungary in the early 1900s.

Jim was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Toledo and graduated from Waite High School in 1944. His uncle, a Navy radio instructor, influenced Jim's interest in radio technology and while in high school, Jim took the U.S. Navy's test to become a radio technician. Since Jim was the only child of a widowed mother, he didn't enlist; instead he was drafted near the end of WWII. Jim loved to tell the story of returning from a march in boot camp at the Naval Training Center in Chicago to the sight of jubilant sailors yelling from all the windows of the barracks the news that WWII had ended. He knew he was lucky that he never saw action in the Pacific.

After being discharged from the Navy, Jim took over his dad's barber shop, married Patricia LaCourse, and had a family while watching the rise of the American automobile industry at its zenith in the Toledo/Detroit area. Jim retired from his beloved barber shop but never stopped being a barber. He cut his son's and grandsons' hair and even served as volunteer barber at his assisted living residence in Austin. His young male caregivers let Jim cut their hair and shave them!

Jim loved dancing with the Young at Heart Club at the Fraternal Order of Eagles and VFW Post #606 in Toledo and got to country western dance at the world famous Broken Spoke Dance Hall in Austin.

Jim's family thanks Hill Country Care Providers whose caregivers became our adopted family. The staff at Bridges Rehab at Marbridge brought peace of mind that Jim was getting great care. There are not enough words to thank Hospice Austin for their compassionate care in Jim's final days.

In Toledo, the family wishes to thank Jim's Ohio attorney, Joanne Gall and his Geriatric Care Manager, Debra Roidl of Independent Care Solutions.

Jim leaves behind two sons, David Karoly (Elloa Mathews) of Austin and Alan Karoly (Diane) of Toledo and one grandson, Alex Karoly of Oxford, Ohio.

Jim's ashes will be interred at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio. A celebration of Jim's life will be held in Austin in the fall. Memorial contributions may be made in Jim's memory to Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio, Inc., for their senior nutrition program at 2155 Arlington, Toledo, Ohio, 43609 or to

Published in Toledo Blade on Aug. 29, 2014
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