JEK: The story of His Life from Birth to Marriage
“Till death do us part” came in January 1999 after 31 years and 2 months of marriage ending Julius’ nearly 14-year fight with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Since that time, I [Yvonne] have chosen to focus on the positive and spend the rest of my life praising God for His mercy and grace. I take to heart the Apostle Paul’s words: A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes … In [Paul’s] judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is–and I think that I, Paul, also have the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 7:39-40).
Thank You Heavenly Father for bringing Julius and me through 31 years of marriage “to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” till death parted us in this life. Thank You for Your grace that was greater than all of our problems and for faith in You that held us together till the end. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
November 24, 2017, we would have celebrated our 50th Anniversary, and in his honor and memory, here is the story of his life from birth to marriage. It’s a story of overcoming hardship inflicted by war, living in four different countries, pursuing education to the highest degree and, through it all, loving and serving God, the Father of Jesus Christ.
Special thanks goes to Julius’ youngest sister Frieda, for contributing her written memories of the Karl Family’s life and for verifying specific dates and events. Some of the information was written and told by Julius himself before he died. Finally, Yvonne draws from stories Julius told over and over again to his family and friends. While somewhat in chronological order, there are overlapping stories and some repetition to bring clarity to the events.
Each chapter is short and listed separately below. It should open when you click on it.
JEK-Chapter 01-His Immediate Family
JEK-Chapter 02-A Child in Time of War
JEK-Chapter 03-The Faith of My Parents, written by Julius in 1988
JEK-Chapter 04-Youth, Education, and Christian Commitment
JEK-Chapter 05 – Growing up and War Comes, by Frieda Karl, youngest sister of Julius
JEK-Chapter 06 – Escape to Freedom, by Frieda
JEK-Chapter 07 – Leaving Germany for Canada
JEK-Chapter 08 – College Bound
JEK-Chapter 09 – Julius seeks and finds a wife
JEK-Chapter 10-How Julius met Yvonne – The CHOG Connection
JEK-Chapter 11-The Wedding and After
JEK- Julius Karl-The end of his life journey
JEK: Julius E. Karl’s Life in Photos – https://wp.me/p1buYw-l2
JEK-Dissertation Abstract IU – for PHD 1974