Chris James Karman


Chris James Karman

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 3 Feb 1993 (aged 70)
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Burial Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
Plot R - 326
Memorial ID 2890275 View Source


Chris J. Karman, 70, of 1712 85th Ave. W., Rock Island, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1993, at St. Luke's Hospital, Davenport.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Rock Island, where he was a member. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Moline American Legion Post 246 will conduct military rites.

Visitation is 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. A prayer service will be conducted at 8:30. Memorials may be made to the church.

Mr. Karman was born July 20, 1922, in Chicago, the son of Demetrios and Eleni Angelacos Karamaganis. He married Roberta Alexander July 24, 1943, in Waco, Texas. He married Jennie Spurgetis Coin July 16, 1983, in Rock Island.

He attended the former Western Illinois State Teachers College, Macomb, and New York University, New York, N.Y.

He had worked as a materials manager at Sivyer Steel, Bettendorf, for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

He had been a member of the church choir for over 30 years. He was a former member of AHEPA; a member of Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club, Moline; American Legion Post 246; Rock Island Elks; and Rock Island Moose. He also was a former member of the Illinois Officials Association.

He refereed many basketball games at the junior-high and city-league levels in Rock Island. He coached baseball in the Rock Island Junior Baseball Program for many years and was a former president of the Junior Baseball Board.

He played and coached both softball and basketball for St. George Greek Orthodox teams, playing in the local city leagues; and his teams were invited annually to participate in Chicago as one of 16 teams in the national Hellenic Invitational Basketball tournament.

In earlier years, he had performed with the Eddie Christy Orchestra in Chicago, and had sung in several combos and piano bars in the Quad-Citites and in Florida.

He was an avid golfer; and had been a former member of Mill Creek Country Club, Milan.

He was a World War II Army veteran, serving as a staff sergeant with the 248th Engineering Combat Battalion. He saw action in Germany and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He received several decorations, including the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, with three Bronze Battle Stars.

Survivors include the widow; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Peter Gartelos, Waterloo, Iowa; sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Paula Karman, Chico, Calif., and Tony Karman, Chicago; grandchildren, Angela, Jim, Cathy and Chris Gartelos; sisters, Bertie Kartinos, Hillside, Ill., and Helen Bernardi, Villa Park, Ill.; and a brother, George Karamaganis, Chicago.

The Dispatch, Thursday, February 4, 1993, A6

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