Benjamin Daniel Karner, 41 of Kimberly passed peacefully on August 12th, 2017 due to a brain aneurysm. Ben was born to Marcie(LaDuke) and Norb Karner on April 22,1976. Ben graduated from Kimberly High School in 1995, and started his career in farming at the early age of fourteen, working on farms milking cows then working on farm equipment. He currently was employed by Schmidt Buildings and Equipment in Kaukauna. Ben also served as a Volunteer firefighter for Kimberly and currently with the Town of Buchanan.
There was nothing Ben could not fix, take apart, or put together. Ben also had a love for old cars. He owned a 1979 Monte Carlo that he enjoyed working on with Caleb. Often, he could be heard in the neighborhood or miles away. Benjamin was loved by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his laugh and love for people, always working on something for family or friends or just hanging out in his shop that he created and was so proud of. On August 29, 2009 Ben and Jennifer married. They shared the most incredible life together, a love that was deeper and unlike any other. He was the love of her life.
Ben is survived by his loving wife: Jennifer Karner, and his two children: Daytana Sky Autumn Roloff, Caleb Daniel Karner, and his stepson Kevin Shuckhart whom he loved like his own. Additional survivors include a brother: Rex Karner; a sister: Katie (Ryan) Feucht and their sons Ian and Henry; his paternal grandmother: Agnes Karner Rademacher, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ben is also survived by Jennifer’s parents: Ernest and Karla Shuckhart, Jr; her brother: Robert Shuckhart and his children Robert and Hyden Shuckhart, and Julie Giordano; her sister: Heidi Shuckhart and her daughters Ciara Shuckhart and Kylee Long.
A celebration of Ben’s life will be at Christ the Rock Church in Menasha, Saturday, August 19, 2017 with visitation taking place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm followed by the service and a tribute from the Firefighters. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established.
The family would like to give a special thanks to some significant friends in Ben’s life; Brent Otto, Jason Reinke, Craig Day and Brad Miland. The family would also like to thank Dr. Bhattacharjee and all the ICU nurses at Theda Care Regional Medical Hospital for their exceptional and compassionate care given to Ben.
Benny, You grew to be a handsome, helpful, hardworking man. Thank you for two wonderful grandchildren to carry on your legacy. Your ultimate gift of organ donation is proof of how you lived life, always giving and helping others. We are so proud of you, missing you always ~ Love Mom & Dad
I never thought in a million years I would be saying goodbye. We had so many hopes and dreams for our future and to grow old together. I cannot imagine how my life will be without you by my side. The tears in my eyes I can wipe away, but the ache in my heart will always stay. Till we meet again my love ~Jennifer
Through his gift of organ donation, he will live on through many others.