James was born April 10, 1929 to Reinhold G. Karnei and Mary (Pfenninger) Karnei.
He retired from Houston Lighting and Power Co. (W. A. Parish) after 34 1/2 years. He then moved to Goliad to ranch and raise cattle.
He is survived by his wife of 59 yearw, Harriet (Huber) Karnei; daughters, Jo Beth Kloecker, Susan Johnston, Grace Hankins and husband Keith, Sandra Krenek; grandchildren, Valerie Doble (Dennis), Travis Schellberg (Kristy), Brent Kloecker, Patrick Johnston, Morgan Krenek, Laurel Krenek; great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Bailey, Sawyer Schellberg, and numerous nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hertha Chapman (Chip), Waldine Harman (John), Frieda Bruns (Sonny); brother, Henry Karnei (Margarete); great-grandson, Mason Doble; son-in-law, Wyatt Holmes; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harry and Agnes Huber.
A visitation was held Friday, July 5, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Finch Funeral Chapel in Yorktown. The service will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Weesatche. Pastor C.B. Suggs will officiate with the interment to follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Andrews Lutheran Church or the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Needville. You are invited to sign the online guest book at www.finchfuneralchapels.com.