Arthur DeLee "Peanut" Kerfoot
1938 - 2021
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HOOKSTOWN - "Peanut" Arthur DeLee Kerfoot, 82, of Hookstown (Frankfort Springs) died peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by the love of family on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2021.

Born June 28, 1938 in Philipsburg, he was the last surviving son born to the late William E. and Irene (Brown) Kerfoot.

A graduate of Philipsburg High School class of 1956, Peanut started his career in 1956 with Allegheny Airlines, retiring from USAirways after 40 years having worked as a station agent, load planner and airline dispatcher. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, a longtime member of Five Points Hunt Club and the neighborhood "lawn fairy."

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Walter "Chis" and Ralph Kerfoot.

Surviving is his beloved wife of over 64 years, "Tiny" Norma R. (Bodle) Kerfoot; their children, Steven (Cynthia) Kerfoot of Fort Ashby, W.V., Gary (Randi) Kerfoot of Virginia Beach, VA, and Cheryl (Jim) Merisko of Oswego, IL. Loving grandfather of six, Morgan, Tyler, Madison, Raegan, Samantha and Joshua, and great grandfather of five, Hudson, Sawyer, Stetson, Addison and Teddi.

Peanut was a loving and doting husband, father and grandfather. He was willing to help any and everyone he met. His passing will leave a great void in his family and with friends, neighbors and anyone who knew him. He gave his children and grandchildren experiences they will never forget.

As per his wishes there will be no visitation and cremation will take place.

Due to the current conditions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic the family will announce a celebration of life at a later date. Memorials in his name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Professional services provided by MCCONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 447 Pine St. Hookstown, PA 15050.

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Published in The Progress from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2021.
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28 entries
February 4, 2021
I met Arthur on my last day of clinical for my nursing school. I was his student nurse at the hospital in Heritage Valley Beaver. My last day of clinical for the semester couldn’t have been better because of him as if it was almost like I was meant to be his nurse. Arthur was such an inspiration to have as a patient. We bonded the as soon as I walked in his room. He found out my name was Samantha just like his grand daughter that he was so close with. I loved this because I was always very close with my grandparents too. We called it a “Samantha Thing” that day. I loved hearing all of his stories and how much his family and friends meant to him. On his worst day, he still had a smile on his face and he was so thankful for all his years of life. He told me he’s got to do amazing things that some people can only dream of doing. I think to a point I was more upset then he was. Arthur will never know how much he truly touched my life and I will never forget him as I continue my nursing career.
May his beautiful soul Rest In Peace.
Samantha A.
Friend
February 1, 2021
I met peanut and tiny about 3 weeksbefore his passing. I loved them immediately, they were just so cute. Peanut was walking to kitchen table to drink coffee and tell me stories that were incredible. He was such a great guy. I kept tiny occupied and got to help her with few things. Got to meet the kids. They were great. Cheryl Steve and Gary. And of course samantha. They were all wonderful. Such a loss of a great man. That I knew for a short time. I was a caregiver to help tiny be occupied. Again so sorry for the loss of peanut. Really enjoyed my time with him and his family
Pamela Bussey
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
Art was a wonderful man and a great mentor. He gave me my nickname that has stuck with me my entire career and into retirement. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Peter Copeland
Coworker
January 19, 2021
I was also with the group that moved to Pittsburgh in 1989. From the get go, Art welcomed us with kindness. He also had the biggest smile and was a great coworker
We will always cherish his memory
Randy Shore
Coworker
January 18, 2021
Art was a dear friend and fellow worker at the Airlines with my late Husband Darrell L Tallmanand a fun party member to all of us. We always liked his jokes and happy good ways. I know he will be missed by many and know his family will be him but he will always be alive in all the great memories that he has left behind. It takes time to overcome the void you feel but realize he hasn't left you as he will always be in your heart.
Diana E Tallman
Friend
January 18, 2021
I met Art in 1989 and we hit it off...He had a great personality and was fun to talk with...Art also was an excellent instructor and I learned a lot from him....Phil and I use to visit Art and we always talked about his passion which was guns..I was saddened to hear about his passing but I know he is in a better place...He will be missed by everyone who knew him...He was a great friend, husband, and father....

Dale Hauser
Coworker
January 17, 2021
Art was such a class act and great role model for us at work, always one of the go-to guys when questions arose. He was patient, professional, and always cool under pressure. One of a kind, you will be dearly missed and I’m so honored to have had the chance to work with you for as long as I did. Peace and Blessings to Tiny and the family; look forward to seeing you again in heaven.
Don Billings
Coworker
January 17, 2021
As a member of Five Points Hunt was where I first met Peanuts . Peanuts was a guy when you meet someone and you know right off "I like this guy" . Well that was Art I want to give my condolence to Art's family wish many prayers in the grieving of Farther .
Donald L ONeill
Friend
January 17, 2021
Dear Kerfoot and Merisko Families,
Our heartfelt condolences, we are so honored and blessed to have known Peanut. Cheryl, we will always treasure the special memories and fun we had with your dad when he would visit you in Montgomery.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Paola & Mike Doyle
Paola & Mike Doyle
Friend
January 17, 2021
I worked with Art for about thirty (30) years at US Airways. I came from the Piedmont side of the airline and gained respect for him and his love of his family and shooting. Many of us were blessed to have known him and worked with him. RIP Brother Art
Don Wright
January 17, 2021
Art you will be missed, I’ll remember the great times we had hunting together in PA
and the good time we had in Wyoming hunting with your son for antelope, also the times I would stop out to see you and Tiny and just talked about work and life. Art was a really great encouragement and help to me in pursuing my career as an aircraft dispatcher with US Air, he was always willing to help and answer any questions that arose, I am going to miss his way of answering the phone when he knew it was me calling “ what do you want Bodnar “ I’d chuckle and so would he. God bless, your family are in our prayers.
Harry Bidnar
Friend
January 17, 2021
I met Art when I worked on the ramp for Allegheny and he was in load control. Immediately I could see what a nice guy he was. A few years later, he let me sit with him in dispatch when I was trying to better my career. He definitely helped me and I soon was working with him as a Dispatcher. As others have already said, he always upbeat, happy and all around nice man. I am blessed to have known him. Prayers to Tiny and the kids.
Fred Riedel
Coworker
January 17, 2021
Art was a cheerful, humorous soul who was a pleasure to work with. You knew when you were around him your shift was going to be a good one.

Being a product of merger mania I can honestly say he was one of the best people I’m glad I met along the way.

Jennifer Carr
Coworker
January 17, 2021
An incredibly wonderful man that took me under his guidance when I moved to dispatch. My deepest condolences to the family.
Joe Kerner
Coworker
January 17, 2021
You will be missed brother! May you rest in peace I had many good years working with You. always smiling. thanks for the memories !
Peter Schuetz
Coworker
January 17, 2021
Art was a very special friend that I spent many good times with. With his passing a large gap has formed in my life. One thing my friend has taught me is I should cherish every moment of every day. I will miss our "short visits" which always turned out to be three or four hours. So much fun, such good times.
Phil Lamb
Friend
January 17, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Art was surely one of a kind and my prayers go out to all of you in his family.
I worked with Art in Dispatch for many years. He was the kind of guy that would make the hours at work pass with a smile. Everyone loved to work with Peanut and listen to his jokes and pleasant outlook on life....
Susan Olevson
Coworker
January 17, 2021
My sympathy goes out to Mr. Kerfoot's family. He was such a sweet person and always made me smile when we talked.
Susan
January 17, 2021
So sad to read about Peanut...he was a great man with a contagious laugh..I loved working with him "Jumpseat" Terri.
Terri Zawoysky
Friend
January 16, 2021
PEANUT , YOU WERE A GREAT , KIND , GENTLE MAN , YOU AND TINY WERE THE PERFECT COUPLE , HAVE NOT SEEN YOU IN AGES , BUT IN MY MIND I CAN STILL SEE US ALL IN SUNDAY SCHOOL IN BLUE BALL , PRAYERS TO TINY , STEVE AND THE FAMILY , UR IN GODS ARMS NOW , RIP SIR
SCOTT BORDAS
Friend
January 16, 2021
So sorry for the loss. May your hearts heal.
And the memories fill you hearts with love and joy.
God bless.
Georgia (Cain) Parsons
Friend
January 16, 2021
So sorry to hear of Peanut's passing. He was a big part of my life growing up in West Decatur. Condolences to the family.
Greg and Denise Minarchick
Friend
January 16, 2021
Oh the memories he left. Peanut was a true friend. Met him in 1974 and we became friends right away. He had that wonderful, kind, and caring personality. He would lend a hand to anybody. Peanut was responsible for my career as a Flight Dispatcher starting in 1983. My inspiration. One could write a book on his life and all the great things he did.
Tiny, Steve, Gary, Cheryl and your families, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. He was a great husband, father, grandfather who deeply loved all of you. Sammy’s best buddy. Remember all the good times you had with him. As he told me, “I’ll see you on the other side”. So very proud to have been a friend of his. Thank you Peanut for allowing me to be a friend. Going to miss you Arthur DeLee Kerfoot. I’ll see you again. Thank you for the nickname you laid on me. That’s just another chapter in your life. Love you, dear friend. Don’t be sad because he has left us for now, be thankful he happened.
Lou Andelmo
Friend
January 16, 2021
You will be missed brother! May you rest in peace and reign in glory everlasting! Rev. Greg McBrayer Chief Flight Dispatcher American Airlines
Rev. Greg McBrayer
Coworker
January 16, 2021
Art was a great friend and mentor in my career. His sense of humor, his ease with co-workers, his joy with life and family made him a delight to be with. His friends and family will forever remember and cherish the hours they spent with.
Ted Christie
Coworker
January 16, 2021
Uncle Peanut was so very special to us and will be dearly missed. We will forever cherish the memories of our visits with him and Aunt Tiny and all the stories he shared with us throughout the years. Love and prayers to the Kerfoot Family
Doyle & Jerrilee Fleck
Family
January 16, 2021
Peanut leaves an amazing legacy and for me many cherished memories. My heart breaks for your loss and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Gail
Friend
January 15, 2021
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