Thomas S. Karl
April 1, 1952 — Feb. 24, 2019
Thomas Sylvester Karl of Seattle, Wash., passed away unexpectedly on
Feb. 24, 2019, at the age of 66. He was born on April 1, 1952, in West
Bend, to Sylvester and Mildred Karl (nee Backhaus). Growing up he
attended the West Bend school system and he held a master’s degree in
entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Thomas had a lifelong love of forestry and, as a young man, worked for
the DNR at Kettle Moraine North, Mauthe Lake Recreation Area, a 70-acre
lake located in Fond du Lac County as a forest ranger.
He was a resident of Seattle for over 35 years and worked in the field
of medical technology and laboratory science. Prior to his retirement,
he was employed by Northwest Hospital and Medical Center of Seattle.
Survivors include his sisters, Kerry Lynn (William) Ferris of Fort
Atkinson and Marie (Steve) Lowell of Alma Center; nieces, other
relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Mildred Karl of
West Bend; and brother-in-law Randolph Vande Vrede of Fort Atkinson.
His family would like to thank the members of Fire Station 18 — Ballard
the six engine and three ladder companies; and caring neighbors, who
responded to this situation.
Barton Family Funeral Services in Seattle is arranging the return of his
remains to Wisconsin. Online guestbook and condolences available at