James Patrick “Pat” Karp, 94, of Stalnaker Addition, Horner, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. He was born in Tiffin, OH, on March 17, 1923, son of the late Francis Karp and Olive (Harnish) Karp. On Aug. 25, 1951, he married Roberta Lee (Corley) Karp, who preceded him in death on November 28, 2009.
Mr. Karp is survived by eight children, Diana M. (Rue) Thompson of Buckhannon, Nancy C. (Charles) Frame of Stonewood, James P. Karp, II of Horner, Linda L. Lamb of Bunker Hill, WV, Gregory L.. (Tammy) Karp of Fairmont, Sara E. (Steve) King of Alum Bridge, Rebecca E.(Dave) King and Joseph F. (Anita) Karp both of Weston. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, Cheryl Moore, Heather Brunton, Gwen Masterman, Heidi Keith, Brad Thompson, Annie Thompson, Hollie Frame, Hannah Frame-Amos, Drew Lamb, Brittany Ware, Ryan King, Nathan King, Chasity King, Chelsey Novak, Cody King, Bryson Karp and Tyler Karp, 15 great-grandchildren, three on the way, and one great-great-grandchild. Pat is also survived by several nieces and nephews and brother-in-law, Robert (Sarah) Corley of Atlanta, GA.
In addition to his parents and wife, Roberta, Pat was preceded in death by one grandchild, Bethany King, two great-grandchildren, three brothers, Tom, Ray, and Richard Karp and one sister, Yvonne Hamilton.
Pat was a coal miner where he was a heavy equipment operator. Pat had a great love for all sports, golfing, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially at family reunions where he got to fish and play cornhole with his kids and grandkids. He was recruited by WVU to play basketball after high school. He was also asked to try out for the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, he chose to go into the Army during WWII, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.He played semi-pro baseball for the Weston Independents.
He coached Little League Basketball for 12 years taking St. Patrick’s to several championships. He also coached Little League Baseball for five years. In his later years, he loved playing golf every day with his golfing buddies. He recorded five hole-in-ones during his lifetime. The last one was when he was 93 years old. He also enjoyed playing in many golf tournaments, especially with his grandsons. He loved the Mountaineers and was an avid fan. He went to his last WVU basketball game with his sons in November 2017. Pat was a member of the United Mine Workers and a lifelong member of St. Patrick Church of Weston.
Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 2-7 p.m. A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, at 9 a.m., at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Reverend James R. DeViese, Jr. as celebrant. Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV. Full military honors were conducted by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard. A Rosary was be recited on Tuesday evening, at 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home chapel. Online condolences and life stories in memory of Pat may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Patrick School 224 Center Avenue Weston, WV 26452.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of James Patrick “Pat” Karp.