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Dr. Willard Karn

Dr. Willard Karn, 89, of Tomball, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 30. He was born in Houston, July 29, 1924.
In 1941, Dr. Karn graduated from Lamar HS, afterward attending the University of Houston. In 1944, he entered the US Army, served on the front line in Belgium and North Germany and was a part of the Rhineland "Battle of the Bulge".
Following WWII, he attended the University of Texas, graduating pre-med. While at UT he met, and married, Dorothy Dustin. After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine in 1953, with a doctoral degree in internal medicine, he worked for over 41 years in several states and various physician capacities; private practice, Texas Department of Corrections medicine, industrial (Amoco Oil Company and American Cyanamid Corporation). In 1994 he retired to Tomball.
Dr. Karn was certain of his salvation and his eternal destiny as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He knew there is only one way to eternal security. Acts 16:31.
By 1961 Dr. and Mrs. Karn desired to be under the ministry of Rev. R.B. Thieme, Jr., pastor, Berachah Church. Except when the Lord moved them to other states, they lived in the Houston area enjoying face-to-face Bible teaching. Dr. Karn continued to study and grow in the knowledge of his Savior throughout his life. He was a member of Berachah Church for over 50 years.
Dr. Karn is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Taylor Dustin Karn, parents, Willard R. Karn Sr. and Evelyn Massey Karn, sisters, Martha Jean Karn and Elizabeth Karn Roth and her husband George A. Roth. He is survived by his daughter, Melanie Karn Chrismer and her husband, Donald Chrismer Jr., and his son, Douglas E. Karn and his wife Melanie Shockley Karn; grandchildren, Lauren Chrismer Williamson and her husband Capt. Andrew W. Williamson, Timothy R. Chrismer and Kelly N. Karn; great-grandchildren, Abigail Williamson and David Williamson; as well as numerous nieces, and one nephew.
His memorial service will be at Berachah Church, 2815 Sage Rd., Houston, Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:00 am; Rev. R. B. Thieme III, presiding.
Memorials may be made to Operation Grace World Missions (PO Box 19508, Houston TX 77224; 713-951-6965), for longtime friends and missionaries, Armando and Sharon Garcia.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 7, 2014
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