Daniel Elmo Karnes

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Daniel Elmo Karnes

<p>Daniel E. Karnes, 78, of Roanoke, Va., died on Friday, June 7, 2024.<br></p><p>Dan grew up and attended schools in the Roanoke area. He joined the United States Army when he was 17. After serving two tours in Vietnam, Dan returned to the Roanoke area.<br></p><p>He graduated from Radford University and received graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. Dan was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Clinical Social Worker. His last position was as Manager of the Vet Center, a counseling center in Roanoke for combat veterans. Dan also retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.<br></p><p>In retirement, Dan was involved in many volunteer and public service activities. He had a strong commitment to veterans, to mental health issues, and to his community. He served on the State Board of Mental Health, the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Blue Ridge Behavioral Health Care, and the Board of Goodwill Industries of The Roanoke Valley. He was a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club of Roanoke, the Salem Research Institute, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AmVets, Military Officers Association of America, and Vietnam Veterans of America.<br></p><p>Dan is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy Walters Karnes; a niece, Kathy Dewey and her husband, John; and a nephew, Bill Draper and his wife, DeeDee. He is also survived by a cousin, Rachel Lawhorn and a number of grand-nieces and nephews.<br></p><p>Visitation will be held from 3 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at Oakey’s Downtown Roanoke Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Mountain Ave., SW, Roanoke with a reception to follow.&nbsp;<br></p><p>Arrangements by Oakey’s Downtown Roanoke Chapel (540) 982-2100.<br></p><p>&nbsp;</p>
June 2, 1946 - June 7, 202406/02/194606/07/2024
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Patricia Walters

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Daniel Elmo Karnes has been arranged by Patricia Walters. Plant a tree
Thank you for your service and for bringing love and joy to our family.


June 10, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Daniel Elmo Karnes has been arranged by Anonymous. Plant a tree
My friend and mentor. I will cherish the decades we worked together in our quest to help other Veterans. You led the way for us all.Commando

Roanoke Valley Veterans Council

June 10, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Daniel Elmo Karnes has been arranged by Roanoke Valley Veterans Council. Plant a tree
To honor one who gave so much to the veterans of the Roanoke Valley and beyond.