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Karl F. Napper

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Karl F. Napper, M.D. Oct. 25, 1936 - Apr. 1, 2014 NILES - Karl F. Napper, M.D., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Niles, MI surrounded by family. He was born October 25, 1936 to Dr. Floyd and Lucille Napper in Indianapolis, IN. They proceeded him in death along with his sister, Mary Joyce Vest. On May 15, 1964, Karl married Arlene Totten in Broadway Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN. She survives along with daughters, Krys (Mark) Slepian of Newton, NJ and Penny (Bud) Smith of Larkspur, CO and son, Eric (Crissy) Napper of Niles, MI. Also surviving are grandchildren, Sarah and Sydney Slepian, Charlie (Anna) Smith, Marti Smith and Evan, Kyle, and Ashley Napper. He graduated from Scottsburg High School, Scottsburg, IN, Indiana University, Bloomington and Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, IN. He served an internship at Memorial Hospital, South Bend and then returned to Indianapolis to complete his training in Anesthesia at IU Medical School. Karl served with the U.S. Navy, which included a tour of duty (1968-1969) as Chief of Anesthesia at the 3rd Marine Division, Children's Hospital, Delta Medical Company, Quang Tri Province, Dong Ha, Vietnam which was five miles from the Demilitarized Zone. He returned to South Bend to practice Anesthesia at Memorial Hospital until his retirement in 1990. Karl was an avid fisherman and cyclist. He was inducted into The Little 500 Hall of Fame in Bloomington, and in 1960 was an alternate for the U.S. Olympic cycling team. Karl valued his privacy and will be remembered for his honesty, reliability and diligence in completing tasks, and courage in the face of recent health issues. He loved his family and taught us well. Funeral services for Karl will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Palmer Funeral Home - Hickey Chapel, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend. Rev. Dr. Don Neely of First United Methodist Church, South Bend will officiate. Military graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 pm until the time of services on Saturday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the . Online condolences may be left for the Napper family at

Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 4, 2014
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17131 Cleveland Rd. South Bend, IN 46635
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