Charlie Karst, 72, passed away on Oct. 1, 2017

Charles “Charlie” Alec Karst, OUR American Hero, passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on October 1, 2017 surrounded by many of his loved ones.

Charlie was born on March 20, 1945 in El Dorado, KS to Ralph B. and Veda Karst.  He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1964. Charlie was very patriotic and was proud to have served as a United States Marine, and he was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the owner/operator of Angleton Garage, a downtown fixture in El Dorado, KS for many years, where many cars and memories were built.

Charlie loved spending time with kids of all ages, because he was an ornery big kid himself. Whether it be helping fix cars, bikes, or go karts (never doing, always teaching); shooting BB guns, watching ball games, throwing water balloons or sitting poolside watching them swim, his kids and grandkids were his greatest joy. He was a teacher and a teaser. He loved history, the American flag, oldies, old cars, shifting gears, walks, picnics, road trips, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the El Dorodders car club for many years. He truly touched the lives of so many. There was no doubt that Charlie loved his family, but if you knew him at all then you would know that the love of his life was KFC.

His family includes his wife and partner in crime, Annie; sons Randy Karst, Kevin (Jennifer) Karst, Nathan (Melissa) Winter, Jeremiah (Lisa) Winter, Thad (Aaron) Winter; daughter Destiny (Shane) Haskins; grandchildren Dylan, Porsha, Shelby and Carlie Karst; Dakotah (Bailey), Dayton (Emily), and Dallas Winter; Addison and Emmerson Haskins; Alissa Henson, Jake Meyer and Jaden McAdoo; siblings Ralph (Ruby) Karst, John (Karen) Karst, Carolyn (Craig) Wentling; sister-in-law Betty Karst; Many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary Karst and sister Janie DeVore.

A celebration of Charlie’s Life will be held on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 10:00 am, located at Veterans Point at the El Dorado Lake. Attendees will be required to purchase a day pass for the park. Please bring a lawn chair as well.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the El Dorado American Legion.