Karry Allen Schurke was born March 30, 1971, in Carroll, Iowa, the son of Karen Schurke. He passed away Friday, November 8, 2019, at the age of forty-eight as the result of an automobile accident west of Schleswig, Iowa.
Karry was baptized into Christ May 2, 1971, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa, and later confirmed his faith on March 31, 1985. He received his education in the Denison Community Schools and graduated from Denison High School with the class of 1989. He furthered his education at DMACC, Grantham University and through the military.
At the age of seventeen, Karry enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard and continued serving his country through his service in the National Guard, retiring in 2014 as a Master Sergeant. During his service, he was a recruiter, NCOIC and Operations Sergeant Major. He trained in several educational courses that include: Non Commissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Pre-Command Course, Recruiting Course and the Commissioned Officer Course. Throughout his military career, Karry was decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Guard Recruiter Badge, and Career Counselor Badge. After completing his military career, Karry then began his six- year employment at Godbersen-Smith Construction Company in Ida Grove, where he was Human Resources and Safety Director.
Karry was united in marriage to Jennifer Campbell June 2, 1998, in Hawaii. The couple made their home in Denison and was blessed with the birth of twin daughters, Emma and Gracie. For Karry, it was all about family and his girls. He loved traveling, especially as a family, visiting such places as the Dominican Republic, New York City, Florida, Canada and Alaska. He was also able to travel to England and Panama with the Guard. Karry also enjoyed attending his daughters' school events. Sports played an important part in Karry's life as well. He enjoyed golf, bowling and NASCAR and watching the games on television. He was a fan of the Denver Broncos and Iowa State, holding season tickets for Iowa State basketball. A friend to everyone, respectful but playful, Karry was a jokester and loved to "stir the pot".
Karry was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin and Emily and his father-in-law, Jerald. Survivors include: his wife, Jennifer; two daughters, Emma and Gracie; his mother, Karen and significant other, Bill; special uncles: Kenny, Al, Keith, Rick, Jerry and Mark; mother-in-law, Debbie; sister-in-law, Jessica and her husband, Jacob; two brothers-in-law, John, and David and his wife, Sarah; other relatives and friends.