Stephanie, Girls, Tiffany, Pam and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Karl was such a great person, and what a loss he will be to all. We pray that you, Steph and your children, always remember him and know that he would always want you to be happy and that your memories heal such a loss. You have such a great laugh and remember him loving you for it. And Tiff, know that you are in our hearts too. Many blessings and may peace come to you for the many memories of a love shared.
To Stephanie, Clara and family, We are so sorry for your lost. We only met Kari once but that was enough to know what a loving wonderful person he was, just wish we could have gotten to know him better. Our prayers are with you.
Richard, Sharon, Kelly and Andy Keddell
Though we met briefly through Tiffany and Dennis Holmes it was clear that Karl was full of energy and a bright star to all. So sad to hear of your loss and we will keep you all in our prayers.
To the Giacomini family,
Amy and I are so sorry for your loss. Although we did not have the pleasure of meeting Karl our friends Kevin and Michele Schmidt have always expressed how blessed they are that their son Nathan had such a great aunt and uncle. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Keep the faith. The answers come in his time not ours.
I am so sad. I had the pleasure of working with Karl while we served on the Animal Science Advisory Council at Cal Poly. I wrote a reference letter for Karl several years ago, here is an excerpt from that letter:
Karl has a natural instinct to see what needs to be done and does it. We don√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t see this character trait in as often as we need to these days. I witnessed Karl attack the situation at the Animal Research Center when it was sputtering to get an official HACCP plan and needing to formalize other essential details to complete the commissioning of the feed mill. He √¢‚Ç¨≈ìjump-started√¢‚Ç¨¬ù the cause by leading with commitment and putting his skin into the game. I watched him build the confidence in the feed mill operating personnel while professionally cutting the necessary red tape to make the feed mill fully operational. He is a poster child for getting people to advocate the Cal Poly motto of √¢‚Ç¨≈ìLearn by Doing√¢‚Ç¨¬ù.
I√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ve always been impressed with the way Karl carries himself. He walks tall, but not arrogant. He talks with authority, but is not boastful or self-centered. He executes with confidence, but does not ask anyone to anything he would not do himself.
God bless Stephanie and the girls. Karl will truly be missed.
Gerry Leukam; fellow council member and friend.
Deepest sympathy and condolences from all the Holmes family here in California. We are all shocked and deeply saddened with the loss of Karl, words cannot express our feelings.
Bob, Teresa, Laura, Mike, Lena, Anna, Marcie...
To the family of Karl, with deepest sympathy you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. It was a pleasure working for Karl at Cargill Milton. God Bless..
Stephanie; Betty and I are so sorry for you're loss. We are both in shock. We got to sit and have dinner with him at Katie's wedding. He was so happy and excited with everything there. This is going to be tough, let your friends and family help you. God Bless.
Beyond the overwhelming sadness that I feel for Karl's entire family, especially Stephanie, Clara Rose and their soon to be new baby girl. I can find joy in the simple fact that Karl was not only a great teammate and a candid confidant when I needed it, he was most importantly a GREAT FRIEND!! I valued him for what he stood for, the love and joy he found in his family and always shared and his commitment to the things that brought pleasure to him personally. He will be missed.
~The gift of life is given not to keep but pass down through, Karl gave the very best he had to live on in each of you !!
Your family will be in my prayers.
Lora Graves (co-worker)
I honestly cannot find the words to express what Karl has meant to me. It was just a year ago when I heard Karl was going to be our new plant manager. I really didn't know what to think as Karl was making waves in Milton that could be felt all the way up in Little Chute.
It seemed as if we were going to be getting a real cowboy with both guns blazing. I knew however if someone could come make a change in our plant it would be Karl.
I was correct. Not only did Karl change us and the plant for the better.....He changed me! He made work a place I could enjoy once again. Karl's motivation to be the best at what we do and the drive to make it happen was addictive and will live on within me forever.
Karl has been a leader, a coach, a mentor but most importantly a friend. You will be missed! I look forward to seeing you again on the other side...
My thoughts and prayers go out to Karl's family during this very difficult time. May you know that God is with you! Karl was an exceptional individual and will be greatly missed! - Dustin Tarrant (former Cargill co-worker in CA)
Words do not even begin to describe the loss of such a respected leader, co-worker and friend! Karl was always one to √¢‚Ç¨≈ìtake the bull by the horns√¢‚Ç¨¬ù in both the literal and figurative sense of the statement √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú and it goes without saying that this same passion & determination was evident in everything he did! I stand by my accusations of sheer stubbornness :) -- but either way you slice it, the sincerest of respect for Karl as a leader & friend√¢‚Ç¨¬¶ He will be greatly missed. Celebrating fond memories and praying for genuine comfort & peace for his family & friends. God Bless √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú Danyelle Gabbert (co-worker)