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Obituary: Karen Puchbauer

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Karen Puchbauer was born Oct. 26, 1936, to Earl J. Hyett and Marian McCormick in Deerfield, Ill. Her life ended unexpectedly Oct. 29, 2015 in Kingman, Arizona.

Karen spent her early years doing many activities, but the most impactful was owning her own horse. Her other three passions in life were her husband of 60 years, her family and her Lord.

Karen was educated at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she met her future husband, Truman Puchbauer who was attending the University of Missouri School of Forestry.

Karen and Truman raised a family of five children: Janis Kerrigan, Denise Puchbauer, Jim Puchbauer, Trish Wegert, and Diane Puchbauer. There are 6 granddaughters and one great-grandson.

Truman's forestry career took them west to Oregon and Idaho. Frequent moves to remote areas provided both with unique opportunities for personal growth. Serving as the ranger's wife, Karen was responsible for the social life of their community. Along with raising her own family, she made time for others. She learned how to identify with them, reaching out to help, and assisting in meeting their needs.

In 1983, at age 47, Karen met the Lord. As her knowledge of Bible scripture increased, so did her love for her Lord. Scripture now became her guide and model for living and raising her family.

She will be remembered for her dedication to study, prayer, and service to her family and others. Her life ended as a life well lived.