In Memorium: Glenn Karch

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Glenn Karch at the 2003 Root and Vandervoort Reunion.

From a post by Keith Kinney on Harry Matthew’s, the gas engine community was saddened to hear of the loss of Glenn Karch on Nov. 3, 2009. The following is Keith’s post from SmokStak and Glenn’s obituary:

Last night at about 9:00 PM the engine community lost one of the great ones. Glenn Karch passed away after a 13 month battle with brain cancer. I visited him yesterday afternoon and he appeared to be sleeping peacefully. Arrangements are not finalized but it sounds like the funeral will probably be Saturday. Once arrangements are set I’ll post them here.

I know the Glenn and the family were very appreciative of all the cards, letters, and phone calls over the past year. If you’d like to send a card to Marian go to and search for “Glenn Karch, Haubstadt, IN” and it will give you his complete address. I don’t want to post it in its entirety here for spamming reasons.

As a tribute to Glenn I’d like to suggest that on Saturday, Nov. 7, preferably during the funeral but anytime is ok, start up and engine or two. Kind of like a World Wide memorial service. If you have a Hercules built engine to fire up that would be great but Glenn liked all makes and models and I’m sure he’d be happy to see any of them running. If you’ll then post what you started and maybe tell a favorite memory of Glenn I’ll share it with his family.

Keith Kinney


Glenn Karch
November 29, 1929 – November  3, 2009

Glenn Arthur Karch, 79, of Haubstadt, passed away at 9:53 pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at River Pointe Health Center from brain cancer.

Glenn was honored by the Never Too Late organization on October 17th with an 80th Birthday Celebration. The Never Too Late. Org grants wishes to terminally ill patients and he was the second to receive such an honor at the River Pointe Health Center this year.

Glenn was born on November 23, 1929 in Evansville Indiana. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he held numerous positions. Glenn was also a Korean War Veteran.

He was a grain farmer and retired as a Regional Sales Manager with 25 years of service with Pioneer HiBred.

He was a 1947 graduate of Reitz High School. In 1951 he received his BS in Agriculture from Purdue University and was a life member of the John Purdue Club. He was also an Assistant County Agent in Gibson County and a Vanderburgh County 4-H Center Volunteer and 4-H Leader.

He was a member of the Southern Indiana Antique Machinery & Engine Club, Cool Springs, PA Power Museum, and the Portland Indiana Tri-State Tractor & Engine Club.
Glenn enjoyed his engines and was a world-wide contact regarding the Hercules Engines built in Evansville, also information on many other brands of engines. He was the author of Hercules Manufacturing Company of Evansville Book pertaining to their engines and history. He has donated a Hercules Engine that is on display at the Indianapolis Museum.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marian Niederhaus Karch; sons, Kurt Karch and his wife, Waverlyn of Haubstadt and Kevin Karch and Lori Campbell of Indianapolis, IN. One sister, Gayle Karch Cook and husband, Bill, of Bloomington, IN. Two grandchildren, Kayla Grace Karch and Allen Hurst-Alexander Karch of Haubstadt. One nephew, Carl Cook, and wife Marcy, of Bloomington, IN.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the River Pointe Health Center and Heritage Hospice for all their care given to Glenn.

Funeral service 10:30 am on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at Alexander-North Funeral Home, Stringtown Road, Evansville. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery on St. Joe Avenue. Reverend Kirk Horstmeyer will be officiating.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 pm Friday, November 6, 2009 at Alexander-North Chapel. And 9 am to service time Saturday at 10:30.

Memorials contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Educational Building or The Glenn Karch Cancer Research Endowment, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, Hansen Life Science Research Bldg, room 141, 201 S. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2064

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