Charles T. Karpf: 1921-2015 | Passages

Charles (Chuck) Karpf died at his home in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Jan. 30. He was 93.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m.

Chuck was born Feb. 4, 1921 to Henry C. Karpf and Lodicea Ann Babcock in Morrill, Neb. He spent his early years in Morrill and then moved to Omaha, Neb. He graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1939, and attended the University of Colorado before entering the U.S. Army.

In 1946, he returned to Omaha to begin his career in banking.

Chuck was president and CEO of the First National Bank in Morrill, Neb. He was active in local and state banking, his community and church, and was on the school board for many years.

Chuckwas married to Elizabeth Jean Scott and had four children; Charles T. (Tiff) Karpf, Jr., Sarah (Sally) Elizabeth, Henry Scott (Scott) and Barbara Ann. They divorced in 1966.

In 1976 he married Jo Ann Crawford. They made their home in Morrill, Neb., until his retirement in 1986. They then moved to Friday Harbor, Wash. He quickly discovered his love of boating, becoming a personal tour guide of land and sea to all visitors, family and friends. Spending time with people, listening to their stories and just being with them meant so much to him.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Jo Ann, his children, Tiff (Margy), Sally (Greg), Scott (Gayla) and Barbara; stepchildren John Crawford and Kimmerly (Don) Johnson, 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Elizabeth, stepdaughter Gayle Fernandez and granddaughter Elizabeth.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of San Juan, P.O. Box 1434, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250.

— Family of Charles Karpf