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Kare Andersen, 79, Syracuse, died Wed., Oct. 11, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born March 22, 1938, in Oslo, Norway, to Frank Willy and Margit (Sørum) Andersen.
On June 20, 1976, he married Kathy A. Paflas, in Goshen. She survives along with children, Hege (Ernie) Andersen-Szabo, Richmond, Illinois, Stein Andersen, Elgin, Illinois, Jason Malcolm, Seattle, Washington, Kare (Casey) Andersen, Goshen, and Scott Johnston, Syracuse; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Kari Galler, Clayton, California.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Douglas Johnston.
Kare received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, in 1960, and a master's degree from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, in 1971.
His work history includes Vickers Inc., Detroit, Michigan, as an aerospace division engineer, designing hydraulic pumps and motors; Chicago Rawhide Manufacturing Company, C.R. Industries as manager of Application Engineering Group. In 1961, he took over the Manufacturing Engineering Group where he later became director of New Ventures, responsible for new investments in the international market.
He moved to Elkhart in 1974 as general manager of Mogul Rubber. He was later named president of Mogul Rubber and its sister company, Atlantic India Rubber, Chicago. In 1992, he took a job with T&M Rubber Inc., Goshen, where he was vice-president of marketing and sales and operations manager. Kare may be best known locally for owning the Olympia Candy Kitchen, Goshen, with his wife, Kathy.
He enjoyed traveling, especially the western United States; snow skiing with family; attending Notre Dame football games; watching any soccer game; building anything out of wood; and being out on the lake in his boat.
According to his wishes, cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory. A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the U.S. Olympic team at www.teamusa.org/donates.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 13, 2017
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