Michael John “Mike” Karasek, age 63 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at his residence.
He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne 3rd defense artillery. Mike was an independent contractor, electrician, craftsman, and plumber, always tinkering with things. He was also a truck driver, set up propane tanks, and an outdoorsman. Mike was the greatest son, friend, papa, brother, craftsman, and daddy his family could ask for. He had more energy and work ethic in his left thumb than most people have in their entire body. He never stopped, and taught everyone he knew what hard work was, while always keeping a smile on his face. If anyone needed help, Mike was always there. He always referred to himself as “a jack of all trades and a master of none.” He was a remarkable man with a one-of-a-kind sense of humor.
Michael was born December 26, 1956, to the late John Allen Karasek and Patsy Bernice Jefford Karasek, who survives, of Paris, TN.
He was first married to Charlotte Christine Aldrich Karasek, who preceded him in death on May 14, 2013. He then was married August 31, 2017, to Carol Ann Range, who survives, of Paris, TN.
Along with his mother and wife, he is also survived by his three daughters, Jennifer Karasek Russell of Paris, TN, Michelle Karasek Jones of Charolotte, NC, and Stephanie Karasek of Paris, TN; one stepdaughter, Laurie True of Orion, MI; one stepson, Kevin (Tina) Fitch of Grand Blane, MI; two sisters, Nancy Lassiter of Paris, TN, and Susan (Lynal) Hood of Murray, KY; one brother, Thomas (Candace) Karasek of Paris, TN; four grandchildren, Hayden Merrell, Ava Jones, Elijah Reynolds, and Rainey Reynolds; niece, Lexie Lewis; and several other nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap Street, P.O. Box 788, Paris, TN 38242. The body is to be cremated. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 7, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Michael’s home at 595 Old Union Road, Paris, TN 38242, with Dr. Johnathan Smith officiating.
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