Karl 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 River.

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 High School.

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 Association.

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 beautiful granddaughters.

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, Black River.

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.