Karen L. Napier

March 19, 1963 - March 10, 2020

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Saturday, March 21, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Messiah Lutheran Church


Saturday, March 21, 11:00 AM
Messiah Lutheran Church


Karen Lynette Napier, 56, of Sturgis, Michigan, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020, as the result of a single car accident on US 12 west of Sturgis.

She was born March 19, 1963, in Gary, Indiana, to Eldon and Carolyn (Harbit) Ralston.

Ms. Napier worked at the Dairy Queen in Sturgis.

Karen enjoyed caring for her brother’s dogs and making jewelry. She loved to bake and her brother was the frequent recipient of her baked goods. He arrived home Tuesday evening to find on his kitchen table colored pencils and a book with animal pictures that Karen had enjoyed coloring. Her mother stated that Karen’s infectious, hearty laugh will be missed by all.

Surviving are her mother, Carolyn Vogel of Wolcottville, Indiana; her father and stepmother, Eldon and Darlene Ralston of Fish Lake, LaGrange, Indiana; two grandchildren, Lucas Barkdull and Ariya Barkdull, both of Goshen, Indiana; and a brother, Michael Ralston of Middlebury, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by a son, Harold R. “Red” Barkdull, III; and her stepfather, Glen E. Vogel.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2955 E 700 S, Wolcottville, Indiana, with Rev. Jason Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Wolcottville.

Preferred memorials may be given to her mother to be placed into an education fund for Karen’s two grandchildren or to Messiah Lutheran Church.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Brandy Barricks
March 21st, 2020 3:44am
Fort wayne in

Prayers for her faimly. Karen was always fun to be around. Always made me laugh. She will be missed. Love you

Kim Caldwell McGrath
March 16th, 2020 3:05am
Denver, Colorado

Prayers to the family. May the loving memories give you all comfort in this difficult time.

Paula Stutzman DiChiria
March 14th, 2020 4:15pm
Sebastian, FL

Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family.

Jackie Yunker
March 13th, 2020 2:37pm
New Paris, Ind

So sorry to hear about Karen. She always had a smile on her face at school. And thou we didn't talk much. In school she could make me laugh just by her being goofy with her close friends. Karen will be missed.

Mechele Brewer
March 13th, 2020 2:25am

Thinking of you all, hugs and prayers. Friends since Lima Elementary/drivers ed partners/LHS 1981, fun memories

Rachel McKee and Family
March 12th, 2020 4:48pm
Howe In

So sorry for your loss. We had just talked and were planning to get together. Gone too soon

Dawn Pelfrey
March 12th, 2020 3:10pm
Colon mi

You were like a mother to me we have went through alot together and when one of us were down and out we would call each other my heart is heavy and you will be dearly missed I can't even believe your not here anymore but I also know you are with your son and out of pain I will always love and miss you

Bonnie Flaws. Moore
March 12th, 2020 12:40pm

Sorry for your loss. LHS Class of 1981

Terri Brode Bradtmueller
March 12th, 2020 12:34pm

So sorry for your loss. LHS Class of 1981

Katie N Caldwell
March 12th, 2020 10:11am


marg pfenning lounsbury
March 11th, 2020 10:49pm

friends forever you will be missed