Rodney Joseph ‘Rod’ Karlin

Rod Karlin of Dearborn, MO passed away March 11, 2020 in Lawrence, KS.

Rod was born February 27, 1954 in Hays, KS, the son of Felix and Henrietta Karlin.

Rod graduated from Lawrence High School in 1972 and earned a BA in Business from KU. Rod worked for many years in Texas before moving back to Lawrence and later settled in Dearborn, MO. Rod recently retired after 20 years of service as a correctional officer at Kansas Department of Corrections.

Rod is remembered with love by his partner Debbie Stephenson, his children Brent, Troy, and Brady Karlin, Rick (Allison) Richter, Krystle (Ross) Martin, Adam (David) Groth, Jessi (Chris) Timmons and Julian Turner; siblings Terry Karlin (Tim Smith), Donna (Dann) Coffman, Gary (Pam) Karlin, Pam Henry, Tom (Kim) Karlin, Pat (Mary Beth) Karlin, and Jason Karlin. Along with numerous grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.

He leaves behind many close friends from his years with the KDOC. As the owner/operator of his fireworks stand since 1998, at 31st and Kasold, Rod will also be remembered by his many loyal customers.

The family suggest memorials in his name to Behavioral Health Leadership Coalition and may be sent in care of Rumsey Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

A Celebration of Rod’s life will take place at a later date once the bans on social gatherings have been lifted.