Kevin Karros

kevin karros

July 17, 1948 ~ May 12, 2019

TOMS RIVER – Kevin Gus Karros, age 70, of Toms River, N.J., formerly of Leonia and Cliffside Park, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Born in Englewood, New Jersey on July 17, 1948, Kevin is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Jeannie (Virginia) and is the loving and devoted father of Catherine Rork and her husband Matthew and the adored, proud Grandpa to George, Evan, Laila and Jameson. He is predeceased by his mother Nora Fowels Karros and father Gustave Karros.

Kevin is a 1966 graduate of Leonia High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1971. He was a Quality Control Engineer with Teledyne Farris Engineering from 1975 – through 1995, when the company relocated. He was a current employee of IKEA in Paramus, New Jersey.

At 15 years old, Kevin was the very first member of the Civil Defense/Junior Firefighter's program that began in 1963 in the Borough of Leonia, the minimum age to join that program. Once Kevin turned 21, six years later in 1969 he was eligible to join the fire department itself. He went on to become an Engineer and Lieutenant. In September of 2019, Kevin would have celebrated his 50th year of volunteer service with his beloved Fire Department.

Kevin joined the New Jersey Army National Guard, Teaneck, New Jersey, in February 1971 obtaining the rank of Sergeant in the 104th Combat Engineer Battalion. He was honorably discharged in February of 1977 after 6 years of service.

Visiting and Funeral services will be at the Frank Patti Funeral Home, 327 Main Street, Fort Lee, N.J. Visiting will be Monday, May 20, 2019 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral service on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, will begin at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with burial to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Kevin’s name may be made to the Leonia Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 83, Leonia, N.J. 07605.


Prayer Service: May 21, 2019 10:30 am

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: May 20, 2019 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place: May 21, 2019 11:30 am

George Washington Memorial Park.
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. You were my first love❤. I promise to love you and miss you every second or every day. I could not have been more blessed to call you my daddy. Please watch over us; especially George, Evan, Laila, James & of course mommy. A piece of our hearts is missing so every now and then send us a sign so we know you're with us. I love you more than you could and probably ever did know❤.

  2. The first meeting of a father and his daughter's boyfriend is never easy. Yet we bonded instantly and maintained it for years. You blessed us with your grace, charm and dedication every second of every day. We always knew that nobody loved us more than daddy and grandpa. We will miss you every day and will look back with happiness at everything you did for us. Continue to watch over George, Evan, Laila and Jameson from heaven as you did here on Earth. I love you immensely. God speed and Good Rest Dad.

  3. Saddened to hear of your passing. Sending love and prayer to your family at this most difficult time. Rest in eternal peace.

    The Garofalo Family

  4. The Leonia High School sold their utility jeep to the Civil Defense program in 1966 for $1. It was in rough shape at the time. Kevin and the other CD Junior Firemen went to work to restore the Jeep and put into service. After countless hours of stripping coats of paint, filling dents, and redesigning a suitable gas tank, the Jeep was ready for service once again. It was Kevin's leadership and attention to detail that brought this former U.S. Army Jeep back to life. It was also one of the examples that gave this young group of future members of the Leonia Fire Department credibility. Kevin took that same spirit with him into the department and continued to set a high standard for everything he was a part of. He truly exemplifies the spirit of the Leonia Volunteer Fire Department Co#1.
    Thanks Brother

  5. The sorrow passes but the love and memories of Kevin will live forever. Thank you for you dedicated service you provided to the town of LEONIA.

  6. Kevin holds some of the fondest memories I have and they will never be forgotten. He was a special person in my life and I cannot express in words how privileged I was to have been his friend and brother firefighter. Rest in peace my friend as you will always be remembered.

  7. The funeral procession passed by the opposite direction this morning on Route 4. What a beautiful tribute to see so many fire and police vehicles, and to see the casket draped in honor atop the firetruck. A truly powerful moment, it brought tears to my eyes. May Kevin’s family remember him with happiness and gratitude for a life well lived. My condolences to the loved ones, family, friends, and all who knew and love Kevin. Blessings and peace.

  8. So sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. I worked with Kevin for 7 years at Teledyne Farris Engineering where he was the QC manager. He was a great guy!

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