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James Karlin

August 14, 1952 — March 5, 2022


With great sadness, and love in our hearts, we announce the passing of James “Jim” Allen Karlin, on March 5th, 2022, at the Logan Health Medical Center, with his daughter, his only child, Kenzie Rae Holdorff, of Kalispell, by his side.

Jim was born August 14, 1952, in Dickinson, ND. Jim was number nine of ten children. Jim spent just over 35 years working at Plywood Plant of Plum Creek in Columbia Falls, MT, and later went on to spend several years driving city buses for Eagle Transit. Jim also worked part-time at The Daily Interlake, before retiring to care for his bride of 46 years, and angel in heaven, Rita Claire Karlin. Jim and Rita were married on July 1st, 1975, and were inseparable until Rita was called home on February 21st, 2021.

Being a father, and a grand-father was one of Jim’s biggest joys in life. Very few were known to have crossed paths with Jim without hearing a story about his daughter, or one of his grand-children.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Kenzie Holdorff “Love Bug”, and son-in-law, Timothy Holdorff, of Kalispell; along with three beloved grand-children, who miss him dearly, Eric Hauser (10), of Minot, ND, Eli Holdorff (7) and Abigail Holdorff “Lady Bug” (5), of Kalispell, MT. As well as three sisters, Doreen Frankenhauser, Corliss Butzlaff, and Carol Haag, and one brother, George Karlin. In addition to numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by both of his parents, Rudolph “Rudy” and Hedwig Karlin, and five siblings: Janette Nicklaus, Gloria Clarke, Kathy Armstrong, Duane Karlin, and Darrell Karlin.

Cremation has taken place and Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Those who knew and loved Jim and/ or Rita are invited to attend memorial services on Saturday, March 19th, 11:00am, at the Buffalo Hills Funeral Home in Kalispell.

Memorial services will be in honor of both Jim and Rita.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James Karlin, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

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