Melvin Wayne Karber, DVM, was born August 15, 1919 to Earl and Mabel Croney Karber on a farm southwest of Jefferson, Iowa. Melvin attended Jackson #9 township school. He graduated from Jefferson High school in 1936.
He worked on the family farm for two years, then attended Iowa State University from 1938 – 1943 where he was in ROTC and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Karber started practicing veterinary medicine in Slater, then was drafted into the service. He served in the Army Veterinary Quartermaster Corp. He took his basic training in Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania, then was transferred to El Reno, Oklahoma where he provided veterinary services for a herd of 10,000 horses and mules. In Oklahoma, he married Mildred Giesenberg on June 25, 1943. Dr. Karber was later transferred overseas, stationed in North Africa and Italy until the end of WWII.
Dr. Karber and Mildred returned to Grand Junction in 1946 where he established his veterinary offices and home at the site of the abandoned Conoco Station. He maintained a general practice of Veterinary Medicine for over 50 years. Mildred died in 1986. He married Mildred Liston on April 11, 1998.
Dr. Karber served as mayor and was on the Light and Power Board in Grand Junction. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Lions Club. He served as president of the East Greene School Board. The East Greene football field was named in his honor as the result of his labors to develop the site.
Work was Dr. Karber’s lifelong passion. In addition to his veterinary practice he had a mink ranch, raised Shetland ponies, and was proud of his cattle herd. With his son-in-law, he had a farrow to finish hog operation and was a partner in K & T Feed & Supply. He cracked the whip regularly and was fondly named “The General” by his son-in-law. He passed on a bull-headed determination to always get the job done. In his retirement he ultimately was able to enjoy his passion for hunting and fishing as well as fellowship and cards with friends at Rueters.
Per his wishes, Dr. Karber was able to stay in his home with the help of his family and support from Iowa Hospice. Dr. Karber died at his home August 31, 2013 at the age of 94 years. At his request, his body was donated to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Dr. Karber is survived by his second wife, Mildred of Grand Junction, and his children: Penny Tiffany of Grand Junction, Steve (Julie) of Jefferson, Kriss (Natalie) of Bettendorf and Greg of Jefferson; grandchildren: Carly Tiffany Brown, Ryan Tiffany, Nathan, Jessica and Gabe Karber, Melinda Teagarden, Kim Karber, Kori Wood, Mandy Karber, Kyle Karber, Brennan Karber and Seth Karber, and great-grandchildren: Bailey Godwin, Auden and Simone Karber, Isaac and Estella Karber, Chloe and Abbey Teagarden and Makayla Moore.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Mildred; son-in-law, Tim Tiffany; granddaughter, Kyann Tiffany; and two sisters: Margie Leonard and Mildred Dillavou.Information provided by: Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home 119 West Lincolnway PO Box 108 Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515.386.2171 www.sliningerrossowfuneralhome.com