Bernard Wallace Karle

Sept. 23, 1939-May 16, 2022


Bernard Wallace Karle, born Sept. 23, 1939, at Crawfordsville, to Albert and Elizabeth Karle, passed away early Monday, May 16, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Linda. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Gus Karle of Waycross, Georgia; sister Lucretia McClamroch of Crawfordsville; grandson Kevin Karle of Crawfordsville; and granddaughter Regan Alexander of Punta Gorda, Florida.

Bernard was a 1958 graduate of Crawfordsville High School and attended the short course in agriculture at Purdue University. He was a member of FFA and 4-H during his school years. He served in the National Guard (Crawfordsville and Darlington) for four years active and four years inactive duty.

He married Sandra Little Karle in 1960. They had five children: three sons, Andrew (Coleen) Karle, Neil (Pam) Karle and Eric (Missy) Karle, all of Crawfordsville; and two daughters, Karen (Pat) Risner of Crawfordsville and Krish Alexander of Punta Gorda, Florida. He has 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bernard began farming in Montgomery County in 1958 and showed Charolais cattle around the United States. He was a member of the Show Committee for the International Charolais Association. He was Montgomery County’s Outstanding Young Farmer in 1973 and 1974 and was awarded the Montgomery County Small Business Leader in 1983. He was elected a Kentucky Colonel in 1987. He was the owner of Karle Enviro Organic Recycling Inc. which operated in multiple states including Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio and Florida. He was on the board of directors (vice president) at RiverBend Motorcoach Resort for four years.

He married Linda Wilson in 2000 and has three step-sons, Tom Osborne of Punta Gorda, Florida, Howard Alexander Jr. of SpringHill, Florida, and Dusty (Lisa) Alexander of SpringHill, Florida.

Bernard and Linda traveled all over the United States and outside the U.S. for 18 years in their motor home. He enjoyed traveling and met a lot of great friends on their journeys.

If anyone knew Bernard, they knew his love for music, dancing and throwing parties. His one true love was being on a tractor and farming.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, with Father Michael Bower officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church for special projects.

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