Karlich, Jerald J.
April 4, 1949 - May 18, 2017
Jerald James Karlich, known to family and friends as JJ or Jerry, died Thursday May 18, 2017, at the age of 68. While well-known by many for his jokes and generally positive attitude, his long-time depression prompted him to use a self-inflicted gun wound to escape the pain. His death occurred in Bedford, TX, where he had been a resident for 17 years.
Jerry was born April 4, 1949 in San Jose, CA, to Joseph (Guiseppe) Karlich and Marlous Sloan Karlich. Right after high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War. In 1979 he moved to North Texas to accept employment with Texas Instruments. He worked at TI for 29 years then continued with the same group for an additional five years under different corporate ownerships. He and dona weisman were married March 23, 2000 in Gilmer, TX.
His passion for antique cars (anything within the first 150 years of gasoline engines) and motorcycles, plus an uncanny knack for being able to identify and address mechanical issues, made him a go-to person for friends with car problems. He was able to identify the make, model and year – give or take a year – of not only those vehicles but also their characteristic vehicle parts. He proudly talked about the Dallas-built ‘55 Ford he once rebuilt by doing everything but taking the frame off the chassis.
Years of life around animals embued him with a love for animals of all kinds, whether feral or domesticated. He frequently talked about the eight horses he once owned and the many turkeys, geese, hens, sheep and other animals he and his mom had raised, and he learned how easily one can fall in love with finches after he and dona inherited a finch from Marlous. But it’s the three animals that joined the household after he and dona married who are credited with teaching him what “a boy and his dog” (or cat) is all about. Throughout the neighborhood, Jerry and his dogs were known by people who use the Bedford Trails as well as by many who live along the neighborhood paths the dogs chose.
Jerry is survived by his wife and their 10-year-old Chiwhippet named Bonni Hope (in Bedford, TX) and by sisters Darlene Shaffer (Plantation, FL) and Kathlene Grummer (Deerfield Beach, FL), sister-in-law Shirley Hainline (Wimberly, TX) and her children and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by brother Harry Hainline (2011) and brothers-in-law Irv Shaffer and Ted Grummer and by Eli, a 3-year-old Maine Coon cat (2011) and Zooey, a long-haired Chihuahua (2016).
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday June 17, 2017 at Leon Hogg Pavilion in Euless, TX. The event will include a short presentation featuring friends and local musicians Willy Welch and Bill Nash. In recognition of Jerry’s love for animals, participants are encouraged to bring their dogs and to take them to visit the nearby dog park.
Longtime friends Martin and Lee Brady have arranged for a Mass to be offered for the repose of his soul at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, September 3, 2017 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Richardson, TX.
A regular blood donor, Jerry left final instructions for donation of his blood and tissue. His cremation was handled by ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of North Texas; Attn: Donor Services; 1840 E. Lancaster Ave.; Fort Worth, TX 76103 (https://www.hsnt.org/donate) or to any IRS-recognized nonprofit organization that benefits rescued animals.
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Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061
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