'He lived and died Buffalo Grove': Village honors longtime volunteer Ernie Karge

 
Updated 12/6/2018 4:18 PM
hello
  • Buffalo Grove resident Ernie Karge, shown reading to elementary students in 2005, was honored posthumously this week by village leaders. Karge spent decades serving the community through numerous clubs and organizations.

    Buffalo Grove resident Ernie Karge, shown reading to elementary students in 2005, was honored posthumously this week by village leaders. Karge spent decades serving the community through numerous clubs and organizations. Daily Herald File Photo, 2005

Over the years, Buffalo Grove's linchpin has been its volunteers, and one of its most reliable was Ernie Karge.

A mainstay in the life of the community, Karge recently died at age 89. The village board this week honored his decades of service.

The board's proclamation notes he was one of the main architects of the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as its director at one point.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove for nearly 40 years. During that time, he maintained perfect attendance, served as the club's president in 1982-1983 and was named the Rotarian of the Decade for the 1990s.

Karge also served 24 years on Buffalo Grove's board of fire and police commissioners and he and his wife, Joan, were chosen in 2005 as grand marshals of the Buffalo Grove Days Parade. It was a fitting honor, since the couple were instrumental in the creation of the Buffalo Grove Days Dinner and Dance, the Taste of Buffalo Grove and the Buffalo Grove Days Pancake Breakfast.

The Karges later were selected as recipients of the Bill Reid Community Service Award in 2013.

Former Buffalo Grove police Chief Steve Balinski received the proclamation on Karge's behalf Monday.

"When you talk about Ernie Karge, you talk about one of the biggest things that Rotary is about -- that's about service above self," he said.

"This man was such an outstanding individual, not only to Rotary but to the community of Buffalo Grove," Balinski added. "He lived and died Buffalo Grove."

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.