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Askew Funeral Home
Wednesday June 22nd, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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North Dakota Veteran Cemetery
Thursday June 23rd, 2022

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James G. Karas

     James G. Karas, 98, of Pembina, ND passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Altru Hospital, in Grand Forks, ND. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home in Cavalier, ND. A chapel service with military rites will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

     James was born August 24, 1923 at Bend, Oregon to Gust and Louisa (Walchli) Karas. He grew up in Pocatello, ID and graduated from Pocatello High School. Jim served in the US Army and was a World War II veteran.

     On July 23, 1945, he married the love of his life Esther Erickson. In 1946, they moved to Pembina, ND. He worked for the US Customs Service for 38 years, retiring as the Area Port Director. Jim was an active American Legion member of 81 years.

     Survivors include his children, Steven Karas, Wolfforth, TX, and Elizabeth Karas, Pembina, ND, sisters, Christina Stone, Boise, ID and Viola Jepson, Abilene, TX, sister-in-law, Bertha Karas, Camarillo, CA, and many nieces and nephews.

     Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Esther, brothers: George, Peter, and Leo Karas, and sister, Judy Siebert.  

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Jim was a great neighbor of ours for many years I don't ever remember an unkind word dad and Jim would discuss worldly problems as Jim smoked his cigar great gentleman

Vaughn Turner Jun 25 2022 7:24 AM

Jim was a Man. I've only met a few.

Dr Mark Olson Jun 24 2022 6:03 AM

Beth and Steve our deepest condolences go out to you both, know that our love and prayers are with you and you will definitely continue to be in our prayers. Love you both Jeff & Norma Karas

Jeff and Norma Karas Jun 22 2022 11:27 PM

Beth and Steve:
My condolences to you on the on the loss of your Dad. I worked with him a lot of years He was a good employee and always fun to work with.

Lowell Williams Jun 22 2022 9:58 PM

Steve & Beth, Thoughts and prayers are with you both. I will always have fond memories of your Dad. Your dad, my dad, and Jack Woods were the best of friends back in the old days. From what I have been told, they were the three carpenters that helped each other built their homes in Pembina in the early 1950's. I can still remember helping my dad shingle the roof on our house in the early 70's and finding some of the stuff your dad wrote on the rafters. One note was "This is a feather board, it make a roof".
He will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Joey Loeffler Jun 22 2022 9:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Karas

Joey Shawn Loeffler Jun 22 2022 8:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Karas

Karen Kern Jun 21 2022 9:12 PM

Beth and Steve,
Our sympathy to you in your father’s passing. My parents (Lester and Shirley Erickson) thought so much of your parents. Jim went with my mother to Washington DC for the Honor Flight trip for veterans and she appreciated it so much. They were good veterans and friends.! God bless Jim’s memory.

Sylvia and Bob Gonzales Jun 21 2022 5:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Karas

Darlene & Fluff Jun 21 2022 5:23 PM

Beth and Steve,
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad. I will miss our visits and his bright smile when he came in the shop. Praying God will grant you strength during this difficult time.
Denise Papenfuss

Denise Papenfuss Jun 21 2022 3:22 PM

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