J. "Archie" Vebber
May 21, 2013
BLACK RIVER, N.Y.
— Karl J.
“Archie” Vebber, 59, of 649 Lake Cove Pointe Circle,
Winter Garden, Fla., passed Tuesday, May 21, at the
emergency room at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, after
being suddenly stricken at the home of his father in Black
A funeral Mass will be said 10
a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Holy Family Church with
Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in Black River Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 4
to 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Hart & Bruce
Funeral Home, 117 N. Massey St., Watertown.
Born July 10, 1953 in Watertown, a son of Richard Vebber and
Dorothy Shallack, he graduated in 1971 from Carthage Central
He married Sarala Ruoff on June 28, 1975, at the St.
Paul’s Catholic Church in Black River. The couple resided
in Black River until 2012.
Mr. Vebber worked for the Village of Black for 33 years and
retired in 2008 as the superintendent of Public Works.
Following his retirement, he worked for the Jefferson
County Highway Department for three summers.
The couple moved to Florida in 2012 where he continued to
work for his son-in-law, Ashley Rumble.
Karl was very active in the community. He was a
charter member of the Black River Ambulance Squad, former
member of the Black River Fire Department, former police
deputy for the Village of Black River, Past Trustee of the
Watertown Elks Lodge #496, member of the “Orphan Bowling
Team” for the Elks, and member of the NYS Rural Water
He worked on the Town of LeRay planning board for 12 years
and became a Town of LeRay Councilman.
He enjoyed hunting, skeet shooting, was a member of the NRA
and a proud Rush Limbaugh fan.
He belonged to the Bear Mountain Hunting Club in Cranberry
Lake and in 2007, he, Pete Queior and many of his friends
started the Backyard Boys Hunting Club.
He especially loved spending time with his family and four
Among his survivors are his loving wife of 38 years, Sarala
R. Vebber, Winter Garden, Fla.; his two daughters and their
husbands, Kristen V. and Ashley R. Rumble, Windermere, Fla.,
Amy V. and Rich L. Pierce III, Torrington, Conn.; his
father, Richard Vebber, Winter Garden, FL; four
granddaughters, Madeline, Ella, Lily Rumble and Samantha
Pierce; three cousins, Sister Kathleen Clark, St. Augustine,
Fla., Raymond N. Vebber, Greensboro, N.C., Richard C. Vebber,
His mother, Dorothy Vebber, passed in 2008, and a sister,
Conni Vebber, passed in July 2012.
Karl was such a presence in all our lives and was such a
generous, caring man to his friends, of which he had many.
He was a guy who loved humor and beer. So we all need to
laugh, tell a joke and salute a too short life well lived.
He was a terrific, stern father and a fun loving “Grampie”.
Donations may be made to the Sarah House 100 Roberts Ave.
Ste 10, Syracuse, NY 13207 or to the Wounded Warriors
Project PO BOX 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.
Condolences may be made at hartandbrucefh.com.
Information provided by Bruce Funeral Home
and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.