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Karl Korth

Greenville - Karl Korth, age 78, Greenville, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was born in New London on July 17, 1939, son of the late Alfred and Elnora (Popke) Korth. Karl was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New London. On February 12, 1966, he married Judy Tennessen. They were married for 52 years.

Karl was always proud to have said he was a veteran serving in the US Army in El Paso, Texas for 4 years as an instructor in the Hercules Nuclear Missiles. He was a life time member of the American Legion Post #55, Hortonville. When Karl was in the service he participated in many dance competitions at the Arthur Murray Dance Studies and won prizes for his dancing.

When returning home from the service Karl bought property in Greenville where he started his business Korth Body Shop and Towing Service; retiring after 46 years. His pride was in his tow truck; in 1987 he took second place in world competition with his large black tow truck, which made it on the cover of Tow Times Magazine. Karl was a long-time member of the Wisconsin Towing Association, Indiana Towing Association and the Illinois Towing Association.

He was a Sunday school teacher at Immanuel Lutheran Church Greenville in his early years and was a member of Greenville Civil Club. Karl was a volunteer fireman for 23 years, first with the Hortonville Fire Department and then in 1972 when Greenville formed its own fire department; he served as the assistant chief and for 17 years was Fire Chief. Karl was a member of the Future Farmers of America and was in 4-H, he was very proud of his pigs he would take to the Outagamie County Fair.

The one of the things he accomplished after retiring in 2015 was completely reading the Bible in a little over a year.

All the awards and trophies he acquired in his life none can compare to the reward our Savior gave him when He took him up to Heaven.

Karl is survived by wife Judy, son Brad; daughter Junel Korth; granddaughter Bailie Korth; sisters, Gladys Scheller and Audrey (Jerry) Brown; brothers: Dalton (Lucina) Korth; Dwight (Arlene) Korth; brother in-laws, Clete (Gail) Tennessen and Ken (Laurie) Tennessen; special aunt June Close. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred (Elnora) Korth, a sister and brother in-law, Marilyn (Ron) Stroud, brother in-law, Grant Scheller and in-laws, Bernard (Eunice) Tennessen and a daughter in-law, Michelle Korth.

Funeral services for Karl will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Appleton. Visitation will be held on Friday at the Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London from 4-7 p.m. and also at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Greenville.

The family would like to thank Living Tree, Greenville, Hospice, the Appleton VA, Milwaukee VA Hospital for the great care received, Pastor Joe Berge from Nain Lutheran Church West Allis for all his visits and the pastors and members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Appleton. A special thank you to the children from Mount Olive Lutheran School for all the art work sent to him, which he enjoyed very much as it hung on his walls.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from May 15 to May 16, 2018
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