G. Edward Karel, 83, of Walhalla, ND passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be held in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.
George Edward Karel was born November 6, 1935 at Grafton, ND to John J. and Mary (O’Toole) Karel. He grew up in Walhalla and graduated from Walhalla High School. Edward then attended St. Thomas Academy and the University of North Dakota. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corp, he returned to U.N. D. where he received his Master Degree. Ed then returned to Walhalla where he worked in the family business. He owned and operated Karel’s Sales and Service.
Edward’s military background promoted him to lead, serving as an Alderman and Mayor of Walhalla. He served on the board of directors for the Pembilier Nursing Center. Ed also served on numerous telephone boards at both regional and national levels. Many knew Edward for his passion of collecting guns and interest in hunting.
On August 4, 1958, he married Rose Neldon at Groton, SD. He is survived by his wife, Rose; children: Stacie (Jim) Metelmann, Walhalla, ND, Terrie (Daniel) Johnson, Cooperstown, ND, Michael (Susan) Karel, Walhalla, ND; grandchildren: Ashley Crosby and Brittaney Metelmann; Shannon (Andy) Tvrdik and Darren Johnson; Reed, Rhett, and Dane Karel; great-grandson, Asher Crosby; and brother, Jack (Connie) Karel.
Preceding him in death were his parents; infant daughter, Stephanie; twin granddaughters, Heidi and Holli Johnson; and sister-in-law, Lou Ann Karel.