By The Mercury

John Karr, 79, of rural St George died on Sunday at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judith E. Karr; daughter, Connie J. Hummel; son-in-law, Jerry Hummel; daughter, Jamie L. Draper-Karr; son, Erik J. Karr; son Nick S. Karr; and eight beautiful grandchildren.  He also leaves behind a brother, Bruce L. Karr; and sister-in-law, Verena Karr; sister, Ann Weller; and brother-in-law, Leon Weller; brother, James B. Karr; and sister-in-law, Laurel A. Karr.

John was a general contractor for 42 years, building everything from room additions to commercial buildings.  He left a legacy of excellent craftsmanship across the states of California, Nevada and Texas.  He was able to repair anything that was asked of him thus earning the nickname of “Mr. Fix It.”  His hobby was building and working on street rods and his pet project was always, his 56‚ Chevy Drag Car, nicknamed “Mr. 56” with which he won many first place races. 

He was a wonderful, loving husband and father and an attentive and adored grandfather.  John was known for his love of life, his wry sense of humor and mischievousness, and was dearly loved by friends and family alike.  He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services for John will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, at the Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego.

Burial will follow in the St. George Cemetery. A visitation where family will greet friends will be Tuesday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., also at the Stewart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital and may be left in care of the Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, PO Box 48, 66547. Online condolences may be left at

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