Bernard Warren Carr

HOUGHTON — Bernard Warren Carr (Bernie), also known to some as Butch, died at Omega House in Houghton, on June 7, 2021.

He was born April 22, 1943, in Munising, to Frank and Irma (Kumpu) Carr, and raised in Christmas. He graduated from Munising’s Mather High School in 1961. While working as a forestry aide in the Seney area he met the love of his life, Karen Ruth Ketola, in the fall of 1961. They were married on August 29, 1964, in Germfask.

During the summers while in college Bernie worked for the US Forest Service, one summer for the Celotex Corporation, and while a student at MTU he worked as a rodman for Helmuth Steinhilb, a forestry professor and land surveyor.

Bernie attended Northern Michigan University before finishing a BS degree in forestry from Michigan Tech University, followed by an MS degree in silviculture from the University of Maine.

He then accepted a teaching position in Michigan Tech’s newly created forestry technician program within the school of technology. Upon accepting the position, he planned to stay for three to five years and ended up staying for 35 years. The joy and challenges of working with the students was what kept him teaching, especially in the early years. During the 35-year period he served as the program coordinator and earned the rank of Professor. Upon retirement he was conferred with the title of Professor Emeritus.

Bernie was professionally active in the Society of American Foresters (SAF). He served as chair of the Michigan SAF, and as the Michigan Society representative on the planning committee for an SAF Region Technical Conference held in Wisconsin. He was elected a SAF Fellow in 1987, and was an SAF Golden Member with more than 50 years of continues membership. He was appointed to the Michigan Forestry Licensing Board by then-Governor Engler. Bernie also served as the first elected chair for two years of the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS), and later as elected Secretary and newsletter editor for two years. He also chaired the committee that developed the CEFTS constitution and operating procedures.

Bernie also engaged in public service throughout his life. He was a member of the L’Anse Hockey Association (LHA). He coached, served on the LHA board of directors, and chaired the LHA committee that negotiated implementation of hockey in the L’Anse Township Schools in the 1980s. He was a member of the L’Anse Township Board of Education for eight years, and member of the Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education for 12 years. A past member of the Copper Country Building Committee, he participated in a number of home builds over the years. Bernie joined the L’Anse Lions Club in 1974, and transferred to the Houghton Lions in 1991, belonging to the Lions for 47 years. He also served a number of years on the Portage Township Planning Commission and the Board of Review.

Bernie was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Houghton and past member of United Lutheran Church of L’Anse. At both congregations, he served on many committees over the years.

He was a member of the Portage Fitness Center and while there, he “joined” Club 43 which was initiated by Frank Taucher. Other members are John Lawton, Dick Prince, and Bob Haataja (all of whom were born in 1943). With his wife Karen, he received the Ken Hamar Award for exemplary and continuous support of the Michigan Tech Athletic Program through the Blue Line Club. He was also active in the Center Court Club of Women’s Basketball at Michigan Tech.

Preceding Bernie in death were his parents, Frank and Irma Carr and his brothers, Richard and Kenneth.

Surviving are his wife, Karen Ketola Carr; children, Amy (Michael Kirby) Carr of Macomb, Ill., and Frank (Rosa) Carr of Elko, Nevada; sister-in-law, Susan Carr; and grandchildren, Rachelle Reymers, Savanna Carr, Alysia Carr and Brett Carr.

As a parting thought, Bernie “wished to thank my wife for always being my kindred spirit and supporting me. Also to all my Friends and not-so-friends, please forgive me if I insulted you and hopefully remember the fun times we had.”

Memorial services will be held on June 19, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and a service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Houghton), Michigan Tech Women’s Basketball, Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Center, or Omega House.

The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Home of Hancock has been assisting the family with the arrangements.

To view Bernie’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit memorialchapel.net.