Glenn R. Karnes

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Glenn R. Karnes
Glenn R. Karnes, 85, of Parker passed away peacefully at his home at 7 a.m. Sunday following a period of declining health.
Born on Nov. 16, 1927, in Hovey Township, Armstrong County, he was the son of the late Roy and Glenna Horner Karnes.
He was a 1945 graduate of the former Parker High School.
A veteran of World War II, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Corps where he had served with the 807th ENGR. Av. Btn.
He retired from the Pennsylvania Refining Co., later Penreco, at Karns City with 42 years of service. At retirement, he was shipping superintendent of finished products.
Glenn was a well-known square dance caller in the four state area. He was a member of CallerLab, international square dance callers; Pittsburgh Area Square Dance Callers Association, and was a founder and first caller of the Alamo Squares of Cowansville.
He was a member of the Parker United Methodist Church for over 75 years, and was a longtime member of the trustees of the church.
Mr. Karnes was a member and past worshipful master of the Parker City-Allegheny Valley Lodge 521 F.& A.M., the Coudersport Consistory, the Butler Caravan 14, and the Syria Shrine, as well as the Connoquenessing Lodge 278 IOOF of Butler.
He was a long-standing member and past president of the Foxburg Country Club, and he was a lifetime member of Hilltop Beagle Club, serving as the first secretary.
Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Rose Snyder and husband, Ed, of Dutch Hill and Betty Helsel of Emlenton; one niece, Sharon Master, and a number of cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Helsel Karnes, who he married on Oct. 2, 1975, and who passed Dec. 29, 2011, and a niece, Janice Helsel Fisher.
KARNES - Friends of Glenn R. Karnes, who passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, 201 So. Wayne Ave., Parker. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ken Hughes of the Parker United Methodist Church and the Rev. Nancy Dunmire, a relative, officiating.
Burial will follow at Perryville Cemetery near Parker.
Members of the Parker City-Allegheny Valley Lodge 521 will conduct memorial services at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Members of VFW American Legion will conduct memorial services at 11 a.m. Thursday before the funeral service.
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Published in Butler Eagle on June 17, 2013
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