Bernard Lawrence Karger
Service: Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. Location: St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point
Bernard Lawrence Karger, 86, formerly of Milwaukee and Stevens Point, died November 30, 2020, at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. Ben was born September 4, 1934, in Bessemer, MI. He was the son of Frank J. Karger, Sr. and Rose Karger.
Ben graduated from Boys Tech in Milwaukee.
Bernard entered the service on June 20, 1952, in Chicago, IL. He served in the Navy, receiving the Navy’s National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on September 2, 1955, in Beeville, TX.
He was a union bricklayer by trade and a member of local #8.
His marriage to Rita Karger took place May 4, 1957, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
After the marriage, the couple settled in Milwaukee area until 1996. He retired as a superintendent in 1995, at the age of 61.
Upon retirement, they moved to Stevens Point until 2015, when they resided at Lakeview Place assisted living in Fond du Lac. Upon the passing of his wife, Ben moved into the home of his daughter in Mayville, and resided there until his passing.
Ben enjoyed watching football, basketball, baseball and discussing history and politics. He was fond of being outside, walking and especially fishing. He loved to have his family together for any occasion and was known for throwing a good party.
He was always willing to help others and work with his hands. Over the years, he remodeled not only his homes, but helped his children work on their homes too.
Survivors include children, Mike (Chris), Steve (Jan), Dave (Cheryl), Sue (Craig) Scholz and Tom; brother-in-law, Ronald Oestreicher; grandchildren, Steve, Danny, Megan, Matthew, Elizabeth, Austin, Grant, Jennifer and Alyssa; great-grandchildren, Chase, Amaya, Cameron, Braxton, Isaiah, Kiara, Mason and Harper.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; his grandson, Nick; his brothers, Leonard and Frank, Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec, 9, at St. Stephen Catholic Church Stevens Point. Rev. Jeffrey Hennes officiated. Full military honors followed the funeral mass. Burial will take place at St. Stephen’s parish cemetery at a later date. Masks were required at the church.
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