Born May 29, 1928, in Springfield, Ill., he married his high school sweetheart Shirley Struck, and they celebrated their 64th anniversary in June. Karl began his career as an apprentice under his father as a model maker at Sangamo Electric Company. Through the years he worked his way up to technical design engineer, a position that normally requires a college education. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Springfield, where he served as deacon, chairman of the building and grounds committee, member of finance committee and in several other positions. In 1978, with Sangamo relocating, they moved to Clayton and were thankful to call this home. After the closing of Sangamo, he was employed at Gap Manufacturing as an engineer until his retirement in 1994. In his spare time he was an avid photographer, winning many ribbons and acclamations for his photos. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and always had a smile and positive outlook whatever the situation.
He was preceded in death by: his father, Karl Struck Sr.; his mother, Mary Moore Struck; two sisters, Margaret Moore and Virginia Sherwood; and his loving wife, Shirley.
Survivors include: three daughters, Elaine Platt of Shirley, Ill., Diane (Dick) Jackson of Loomis, Calif., and Nancy (Cecil) McCall of Tiger; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Hunter Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Hunicutt officiating.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.