John Krabbenhoft (1922 - 2018)

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July 1, 1922- January, 12, 2018
John Garfield Krabbenhoft was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ester Krabbenhoft; and his brother, Robert Krabbenhoft. He is survived by his two sons, John M. Krabbenhoft (Michele), Sarasota, Fla., and Jay E. Krabbenhoft, Ankeny, IA; five stepchildren, Sharon Beggs Kennedy (Donald), Scottsdale, Ariz., Robert Beggs (Joyce), Scottsdale, Laurella Gaia (Michael), Sedona, Ariz., David Crites (Vici) Louisville, Ky., and Melissa Crites, La Grange, KY.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
John married Lois Wessale Beggs in 1949. They raised four children. They divorced in 1972. He then married Virginia Crites in 1975. They spent 41 years of true love and friendship together. Virginia passed away in 2016.
John graduated from McKinley High School, Cedar Rapids, in 1939. He then enrolled at the University of Iowa and joined the freshman football team. In 1940, John left school and joined the Marine Corps. He achieved the rank of corporal and participated in and survived the second wave at Iwo Jima. After serving four years in the Marines, he went back to the University of Iowa and earned a degree in business.
John worked as a sales professional. He was vice president of Allen Supply Co. for many years and then moved on to be the district manager of Iowa Machinery & Supply and then area manager for Deco Tool. He retired in 1987. He and Ginny enjoyed their summer home in Park Rapids, Minn., and wintered in Naples, Fla. They then sold both homes and relocated to their final destination in La Grange, KY. John was a versatile athlete, loved his Hawkeyes, a devoted and beloved father and citizen. He enjoyed church, music and his deep faith in God. John and Virginia were members of Covenant United Methodist Church in La Grange. He treated all living things with great respect. He was the definition of our greatest generation. He will be greatly missed but lives on forever in our hearts and minds.
He will be buried alongside Virginia and his parents at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, IA. A memorial service will be held January 27, 2018 at 11:30 a.m., visitation at 10:30 a.m., before memorial service at Schur Funeral Home, 7500 W. Highway 146, Pewee Valley, KY 40056. A graveside service will be held at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids at a later date.
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Published in The Oldham Era on Jan. 25, 2018
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