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Leonard D. Karfelt


1939 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Leonard D. Karfelt Obituary
Leonard D. "Len" Karfelt, of Hempfield, after fighting Frontal Temporal Dementia for about 10 years, went to be with his Lord and Savior, surrounded by his family and friends, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at his home. Len was born April 26, 1939, in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, to Ida Mae (Wiltrout) and Aaron Karfelt. A 1957 graduate of Connellsville Joint High School, Len went to tryouts in Florida with the Detroit Tigers. Although told by the Pirates not to sign with anyone else, Len said, "I already have a commitment and I signed with Uncle Sam after being cut with the Tigers." While in basic training with the Army, his mom forwarded a letter from the Pirates, asking him to report to Forbes Field, but had already signed and kept his commitment to the Army. Len spent most of his service time surveying for missile sites in Germany and then in D.C., where he was surveying for graves sites in Arlington Cemetery before his discharge. Len worked for Michael Baker Surveying before owning his own surveying company. To pass the test to become a Pennsylvania registered land surveyor, Len had taken about 40 credits from Pennsylvania State University over the years. He was married to Elaine Livengood for 52 years. After moving to Hempfield Township in June of 1969, Len joined the Fort Allen Fire Department, became the secretary and "Red, the Bingo Caller". Len was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood, where he ushered, served as a member of the Men's Group and loved helping to serve the monthly Saturday morning pancake breakfasts. Len enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Len is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Elaine (Livengood) Karfelt; his daughter, Lori Lee Scagline and her husband, Rodney; grandchildren, Jason and Julia Scagline; and one brother, Gerald Karfelt (Ethal), of Somerset. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and longtime family friends, like Jackie Hohman and Henry "Buck" Moore. Len was predeceased by his brothers, Alfred (Dorrie) and Ronald (Patty); and sister, Joanne Grimm. The family wishes to thank Pastor John Seth and the wonderful congregation of Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood; Visiting Angels, Heartland Hospice, Excela Westmoreland Hospital staff on 2 E and 4 AB, Dr. Ken Gibson and Dr. Sharma, Ron Rich Sr. and Ron (Tony) Rich Jr. and the Beatty Rich Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Christ United Methodist Church, Youngwood.
If you wish, memorial donations may be sent to Christ United Methodist Church, 100 Lincoln St., Youngwood, PA 15697. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.beatty-richfuneralhome.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Sept. 17, 2017
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