Karen Tulp

   Karen A. Tulp, 66, Belmond, died Nov. 29, 2021 surrounded by her loving family at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Services were held Dec. 4 at Ewing Funeral Home.

  Karen Ann was born June 30, 1955 to Harry M. and Jean E. (Aldrich) Hinckley in Clarion. She was raised and educated in Rowan and graduated from Belmond High School in 1973.

  Following graduation, Karen attended Capri in Mason City where she studied cosmetology and went on to teach for a year before beginning to work at La Ann’s in Belmond. She eventually opened her own beauty shop and operated that for many years before joining Harlan at H&K Plumbing.

  Karen was united in marriage to Harlan Tulp on April 25, 1981 at the UCC Church in Rowan. Together they raised children Elizabeth, Holden, Kyle and Heath. They made their home for a time in Belmond before moving out to the Hinckley family farm. In 1988 they moved back to Belmond where they’ve lived ever since.

  Karen loved riding her motorcycle, cruising around in her pink Cadillac, and snowmobiling in the winter. She and Harlan traveled to camp and attend NASCAR races in Arizona for a number of years, and enjoyed trips to Disney World, Hawaii, Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, following a family trip to Bristol, she was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and visited Graceland in Memphis.

  More than anything, Karen loved spending time with her family, whether at the race track, going camping, or at family supper several nights each week. Her eight grandchildren were especially precious to her, and she took every opportunity to be with them.

  Karen will be lovingly remembered for having a heart of gold, for her infectious laugh and smile, and her love of visiting and talking to anyone and everyone.

  She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws.

  Karen is survived by her husband Harlan of Belmond; children Elizabeth (Seth) Malek of Garner, Holden (Tracy) Tulp of Belmond, Kyle (Lindsay) Tulp of Belmond, and Heath (Brooke) Tulp of Kanawha; grandchildren Taryn, Rowyn, Harvick, Tinsley, Huxyn, Hendrick, Karsen and Nora; brother Robert (Cindy Bloom) Hinckley of Rochester, MN and Thomas Hinckley of Alta.