Karl William Pegors was born on September 22, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Serenius (Sam) and Adeline (Fischer) Pegors. At the age of 18, Karl accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, a pivotal event in his life. He was very close to his brothers, John who was two years senior, and younger brothers Paul, Jimmy, and Tom. Jimmy, aged nine, was killed in a farm accident near the family farm when Karl was 16. The boys worked at the farm during the summer months.
He joined the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1943. He served in Hawaii, on Iwo Jima, and on Guam in the South Seas. In 1947, he married Alice Maude Oliver in Minneapolis. Karl attended college at Augsburg, pursuing a teaching degree. He graduated from Augsburg College in 1950 and accepted a teaching position at Waseca High School. In September, Alice delivered their firstborn, Kathryn Ruth. They remained in Waseca for four years and in May, 1954, Maxine Elaine was born. They relocated to Crosby, Minnesota at the end of the term. In 1956, Kurt William was born. Following that, Karl was recruited to join the Edina School District in the Twin Cities. The family moved to Bloomington, Minnesota in 1958. Daughters Naomi Alice (1960) and Bernadette Nancy (1961) were born in the Twin Cities.
Karl remained as part of the faculty of Edina High School for 26 years until he retired in 1984. Over his thirty-four year career, he taught history, political science, economics, sociology, and biology. He joined Teen Missions International and traveled to the Dominican Republic, Tasmania, London, Nepal, and Brazil, leading teams of young workers. They shared the message of the love of Jesus all over the world.
In December, 1994, Alice died at home. After a few months, Karl relocated to Martin Luther Manor's assisted living residence, Meadow Woods. He remained a resident of Meadow Woods for eight years and MLM for the rest of his life where he had excellent care. He was very happy there, with his kids and grandkids, all of whom lived in the Twin Cities at that time, visiting on a daily and weekly basis.