John Richard Krapfel COLUMBIA John Richard Krapfel, 87, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. A memorial service will be held 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends Sunday, September 29 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kornegay & Moseley, 4645 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia, SC 29229. A private family interment will be held out-of-state at a later date. Mr. Krapfel was born in Centerville, Iowa, March 25, 1926. He was the second son of the late William Richard Krapfel and Oral Dale Krapfel. Mr. Krapfel graduated from Centerville High School where he lettered three years in basketball, golf and track, and also served as Class President all four years. A graduate of Northwestern University, he was a member of Deru (senior honorary society), a three-year golf letterman, and a Life Member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Mr. Krapfel's business career spanned over 40 years. He held sales and management positions for Sylvania Electric in Chicago, IL, and Warren, PA. He was named plant manager of Sylvania's Plastics Plant, a position he held for 10 years. Mr. Krapfel then joined Argus Camera Corp. as VP of the Optics Division in Ann Arbor, MI, moving to Columbia, SC, when Argus relocated its corporate offices to South Carolina. He became President of Metalex Corp., and then started Krapfel Enterprises in Moncks Corner, SC, a plastics molding company that he managed until his retirement. Mr. Krapfel was an avid hunter, golfer, and Gamecock fan. He was a coach for the Irmo-Chapin recreation league at Seven Oaks Park and served on the board. He was a three-time board member at Columbia Country Club and served as an elder and usher at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church. "Granddaddy" took great pride in his seven grandchildren. He and his wife supported them in any/all of their many endeavors. Mr. Krapfel will be missed by his family and the many friends he and his wife had. Mr. Krapfel is survived by his sons: Richard William Krapfel (Jean) of Winston-Salem, NC, Timothy John Krapfel (Susan) of Centerville, OH, and Bradley Dale Krapfel (Kimberly) of Columbia, SC; grandchildren Sarah Krapfel Beaver (Chad) and James Krapfel (Charleston, SC), Morgan, Ross, and Tim Krapfel (Centerville, OH), Katherine and John Krapfel (Columbia, SC). In addition to his parents, Mr. Krapfel was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, SaraBelle Krapfel; brother, William Dale Krapfel; sisters, Olive Louise Krapfel and Louanna Krapfel Carpenter. Memorials may be made to Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, 530 Saint Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Please sign the online guest book at www.kornegayandmoseley.com.
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Published in The State on Sept. 28, 2013