George Karsner

Services for George R. “Fudder” Karsner, 84, will be conducted from Harrod Brothers Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, with Dr. Terry Lester officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Frankfort Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Hiram Lodge #4 will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, with a Masonic Service observed at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Karsner passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday.

George was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Franklin Co., the only son to the late George Raymond and Lillian Calvert Karsner. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, served during the Korean Era, and retired from the US Army and Kentucky National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer 4th Class. He was a charter member of Highland Christian Church, lifetime member of Hiram Lodge #4, Oleika Shrine of Lexington, Scottish Rite, Valley of Lexington, Order of the Eastern Star, and American Legion. During his term as president of the Franklin County Council for Retarded Children, Mr. Karsner was instrumental in forming this organization, which received its charter in September 1958. Fudder was an avid UK fan, and while his health allowed, he enjoyed golf and fishing.

Left to mourn his passing are his beloved wife of 65 years, Edna Graham Karsner; son, Lee (Lisa) Karsner; sister, Carolyn K. (the late Kelly) Barker; grandchildren, Jason, Erich and Jennifer Karsner; great-grandson, Colin; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Phillip Ray Karsner, and his loving English bulldog, Bandit.

Jason Karsner, Erich Karsner, Charlie Bryant, Voin Barker, Will Graham, and Marty Young will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Fudder’s memory are encouraged to Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home; condolences may be shared via the online guest book at

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