He was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Lemmon, S.D., to William T. and Helen Hoefling Anderson. Karl married Phyllis Neese Denny on March 23, 1974. She survives, as well as one son, Michael D. (Diane) Anderson of Tolono; one stepdaughter, Deborah Kay (Ray) Zbinden of St. Joseph; two sisters, Lorraine (Francis) Veal of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Sandra Kramer of Lafayette, Ind.; four grandchildren, Kelly Jo Anderson, Gabrielle Anderson, Anna Jean Anderson and Aidan Anderson; one stepgrandson, Brian Zbinden; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Jefferies Jr. and Jonathan Anderson; 13 nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; eight great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and one brother-in-law, Charles (Margie) Neese of Oak Lawn.
He was preceded in death by two infant brothers, one brother-in-law and one nephew.
Karl was an Army veteran. He had been a printing pressman for over 40 years, owning his own print shop in Mansfield and later working with Printing Impressions and later Ace Printing in Champaign.
He was a 50-year Mason and member of Danville Consistory and the American Legion. He enjoyed barbershop singing, square dancing, and camping with the members of the square dancing club, and was a member of the Pinochle Club in Urbana. He also liked woodworking and furniture refinishing.
Memorial services will be announced later. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery near his parents in his hometown of Lemmon, S.D.
Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences may be offered at www.robisonchapel.com.