James Karban

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James William “Jim” Karban, 72, of Belleville, IL, born April 19, 1947, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Karban was the past owner and operator of Der Kandle Keller. He later retired from UPS after 25 years as a driver and achieved 25 years of safe driving. After retirement, he worked as an usher at Busch Stadium. Jim was proud to be a member of the first graduating class at Althoff Catholic High School in 1965. James was a United States Air Force Vietnam veteran.

He was blessed with a multifaceted personality in that he was bluntly honest, and you always knew where you stood. His humor and quick wit were unmatched. He would anonymously give of himself to friends and service personnel. He would enlighten the lives of others through the spirit of St. Nicholas. Jim’s love for his wife, children and grandchildren surpassed all else.

Jim had an affinity for traveling to and absorbing the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.  He was an avid Cardinals and Blues fan from day one. The shining moment was when he was able to see the Stanley Cup and the Blues raise the banner. Jim continued his dedication to his children’s and grandchildren’s sports games.

He was the fourth child of his late parents, Victor J. and Edna C., nee Vermalen, Karban. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara Ann, nee Mueller, Karban, whom he married on July 1, 1972;
two sons, Brian (Sarah) Karban of Belleville, IL, and Keith (Carla) Karban of Belleville, IL;
two daughters, Heather (Dale) Buechler of Springfield, MO, and Laura (Trevor) Sondag of Belleville, IL;
nine grandchildren, Ethan “Nick” and Katelyn “Kate” Karban, Nolan “Nolan James” and Alaina “Gracie” Karban, Dylan “Big D” and Bryce “Busy Bee” Buechler, and Henry “Henri”, William “Willy” and James “James” Sondag;
two brothers;
a sister;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the MS Society Mid America Chapter or to the Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 269. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

 Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


8 Comments on James Karban

Michele Renth said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2019 at 7:55 PM

Brian and family, Please accept our sympathy on the passing of your father. We hope that with time you find peace and comfort in his memory. Your friends at ABC Pediatric Therapy (Christine, Michele, and Jamie)

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Joshua Pettis said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2019 at 9:52 PM

Sara and I are deeply sorry to hear about Jim! Jim was always very welcoming to me, and I always enjoyed his sense of humor! He will be missed and will be in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Papillion
  • NE
Kati & Dave Johnson said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2019 at 2:26 PM

Barb, Brian, Keith, Heather, Laura, and families.... Our hearts are broken over Jim's passing. He was such a special guy and we enjoyed every moment spent with him. He will certainly live on through you five and the grandkids. He had the greatest laugh and sense of humor, and while he will be missed, the stories of him will live on forever. Cheers, "Jimmy"! Here's to you.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Susan Schomber said : Guest Report Oct 06, 2019 at 9:27 PM

My sympathy to Barb and all of the family.

  • Maryville
  • IL
Mary Kay Pritchett said : Guest Report Oct 06, 2019 at 8:52 PM

So sorry to see this. I can remember seeing him at St. Teresa School at events for his grandkids. He will be missed!

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Barbie Duncan said : Guest Report Oct 06, 2019 at 8:30 PM

Katelyn and family, So sorry to hear of your grandpa’s sudden passing. We know he LOVED watching you twirl and spin. Sending prayers for the entire Karban clan during this difficult time. ~St. Teresa Twirl Girls

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Barbara Wiley said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2019 at 10:33 PM

Sending Condolences and Prayers to the Karban family. Jim and Barbara were truly a Blessing to Milton Wiley and his family at our time of need. Christina, Candice and I will never forget your kindness. God Bless you and keep you Jim. Praying continuously for your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cindy Taylor said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2019 at 7:01 PM

I am truly sorry for your loss. Jim was a fun loving guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him and we had many secrets. He would come to baseball game for give away for his kids and I was sworn to secrecy not tell them he was there. I will miss him shopping at Christmas I would always run in to him and Barb. ??To all of you and remember your memories ??

  • Belleville
  • Il

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