Edwin Karber, age 94, of Blaine, passed away into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt in Blaine of congestive heart failure with his wife and a friend by his side.
Ed was born July 25, 1926, in Balko, Oklahoma, to David M. and Anna M. (Kliewer) Karber, the youngest of 11 children. When he was 1-1/2, the family moved to Ulysses, Kansas, where Ed attended a one-room school for grades 1 to 8. In 1939 his parents moved to Whatcom County and purchased 20 acres in the Point Whitehorn area. Ed attended Blaine Junior High where he learned woodworking, which became a lifelong hobby.
Ed met Goldie Jantz in 1944 and they were married Nov. 8, 1946. She was the love of his life for 74 years. Ed worked 10 years at the potato farm owned by Oscar Ebe, then as a millwright for eight years at Iverson Lumber Company. In 1960 joined the Whatcom County Road Department in maintenance. In 1971 he went to work for Snow Ford Auto Sales where he retired after 17 years.
In his spare time he was a freelance photographer. After two weeks of retirement, feeling bored, he became self-employed doing light construction work and remodels and he built several homes, finally retiring in 2003. Ed was a man of faith and a member of Glendale Mennonite Church from 1946 to 1971 and in 1972 joined the Birch Bay Bible Community Church. He was very involved in woodworking projects for the church and in 2009 served as chairman of the Building Committee for a new church building. Ed was also able to go on several mission trips where he was involved in building projects. He served many years with the Gideons.
Ed is survived by his wife, Goldie Karber; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Karber and Louella Jantz; and numerous nieces and nephews who adored Uncle Ed and Aunt Goldie.
He was predeceased by his parents, David and Anna Karber, and all of his siblings: sisters Leah Unruh, Esther Schmatjen, Lula Mae Karber, Frena Wiebe, Susie Hiebert and Elizabeth Karber, and brothers Jacob, John, David and Frederick.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Birch Bay Bible Community Church Bldg. Fund, 4460 Bay Rd., Blaine, WA 98230; The Gideons International, Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251; or the Lighthouse Mission Ministries, P.O. Box 548, Bellingham, WA 98227-0548.
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