Frank L. Karnes Jr., passed away peacefully October 17, 2014 at the Country House. Born in Overbrook, Kan. on July 15, 1921 to Frank SR and Dorothy (Ernst) Karnes. Frank attended Overbrook Public Schools, and graduated from Emporia State College. Frank served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mary Hall and Frank were married March of 1945. Three children blessed this union, Gary, Kirk and Kathleen.
Frank entered the cemetery business in 1948. Was associated with Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home as sales manager, general manager, president and chairman of the board and was owner. Also formed his own sales contracting company and held many sales contracts in the Midwest with a number of cemeteries.
Past President of the American Cemetery Association, Past Board Member of the Nebraska and Kansas Cemetery Association, serving 3 terms as President of the Nebraska Cemetery Association.
Past President of the Nebraska Track Officials. Named in the Hall of Fame of Track Officials after officiating Track meets at Nebraska for 30 years. Was a life time Track and Field enthusiast. Frank has attended 5 Olympic Games, the Kansas Relays for many years and 40 Drake Relays. Frank has attended over 100 Big 8 and NCAA championships.
Past Board Member of the Better Business Bureau. Member of Masonic Bodies, Methodist Church, American Legion and the Chamber of Commerce.
Survived by wife Dixie; children and spouses: Gary (Linda), Kathleen of Kansas City. step-son, Rod (Rachel) Benson of Bennington, Neb.; and step-daughters, Debra (Matthew) Montanino of Troy, N.Y., and Christin Benson of Wahoo; granddaughters, Samantha Karnes, Brittney (Drew) Arnold, Carole and Nicole Montanino, and Ashley Benson; grandson, Oliver Benson; great grandsons, Landon and Bentley Arnold; and a number of nieces and nephews; and devoted dogs, Beau and BJ. Preceded in death by wife Mary, son Kirk, parents, brother Robert and sisters, Dorothy Jo and Ernstine.
Services: 1 pm Tuesday, October 21, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 So. 14th St. Viewing: noon to 7 pm on Monday, October 20. Burial: Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials to the Peoples City Mission and the Capital Humane Society. Condolences: www.lincolnfh.com