David R. Korff
1942 - 2021
Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home, Inc.
1720 Elk Street
Port Huron, MI
Korff, David R. 1942-2021 We are all given Time and Purpose, but time is less important if the purpose is a life well lived. If you really care about the world you live in and the space you inhabit within that world, you may have been a student of David Korff. Art isn't just for Art's Sake, it's for Life's Sake. David Korff completed his journey on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, but his purpose continues for hundreds of students who now view the world through the eyes of artists and appreciators. As Chairman of the Art Department at Lambton College, Sarnia, Ontario and later, Chairman of Visual and Performing Arts at SC4 he followed his Plan A for 45 years. There was never a Plan B. The Blue Water between Canada and the U.S. ran through his veins and influenced much of his work, which has been featured in many Galleries and Museums as well as private collections. Communities are strengthened and enriched by creative thought, one individual at a time, joining together and giving back. As a founding member of the Port Huron Art Initiative as well as serving on the Community Foundation's expansive Art Committee and Boards of the International Symphony and Port Huron Museum, David sought to challenge leaders and those around them. With his wife Katherine, the importance of education was paramount. Tutoring at risk children in reading has proven to be an important investment in the future of our community. A life fulfilled is a life that accepts fulfillment. Through wife Katherine Korff, son Christopher Korff, daughter Kirsten Korff (Brian Tracy) grandson Liam Tracy, Michele Korff, dedicated mother of grandchildren Tyler and Laura Korff, the fullness of family was forged. Cremation wishes have been honored with arrangements provided by Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. To send condolences, visit karrersimpson.com. As a Living Memorial for David and those you love, take your family to a concert. Picnic along the River Walk. Acclaim the blue of Lake Huron. Visit Museums and Galleries. Buy a piece of Art. Eat more pie! Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home
Published by MLive.com on Jan. 21, 2021.
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David and his wife, Katherine, have been, and will continue to be an important part of my life. In 1977 I enrolled at Lambton College under their tutelage. Their passion for the arts was infectious and lead me to a 40 year investigation in the arts that was diverse, multi faceted and extreme rewarding. Thank you for your generosity, humility and profound believe in the power of art to lift our spirits to the highest of heights and touch the deepest part of our humanity. Rest in peace David. The work you began will carry on as part of your legacy. Your gentle spirit will be missed but never forgotten.
David Mutton
July 8, 2021
Ben and Helene Hailey
February 3, 2021
With love, Jeanne and Fritz
January 26, 2021
Mr. KORFF was an awesome art professor when I had art back in i think 2000. I wasn't the greatest artist in the world and was intimidated by those who had the gift. He was an encourager and motivator with helping me get through his course. He is missed. And grateful he was someone who helped me be proactive and motivated more with challenges that come up on my life.

Candice Turck-Stoughton
January 26, 2021
I feel incredibly grateful to have been a student under Mr. Korff. Our paths crossed for a couple years while I attended SC4, but his teachings have followed me ever since. It didnt matter your age or experience, if you showed a fascination with art, you had a friend in Mr. Korff.
January 25, 2021
Sandy Attebury
January 25, 2021
Mr. Korff had a giant impact on my life and the choices ive made since we met. He imparted things ill never forget. Much love to all those who knew him, especially his family.
January 25, 2021
Professor Korff was one of the best and most inspiring instructors in Art and Design at SC4. His love for all of the arts, and his willingness to share his wealth of knowledge with his students was a gift for all of those students he had throughout his years as an instructor. One fond memory I have was his amazing tie collection that he would display at each Art History lecture. He seemed to have a tie that would depict at least one work of art in each weeks lecture. His great sense of humor and care for each student made each class a wonderful experience. To Professor Korff, thank you for your inspiration, humor, and guidance.
Brian Westrick
January 24, 2021
I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Korff. He was such a wonderful man. It was always fun to see what tie he would wear for the art history lesson or what witty remark would be said in a critique. So many of his students benefited from his deep caring for the arts. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Brent Westrick
January 24, 2021
A beautiful obit for one of my favorite Art Instructors at SC4. I learned so much about design, the creative process and Art History from him! R.I.P. David ♥
Catherine Ingles
January 24, 2021
Todd Fry
January 23, 2021
Great guy! Fun to talk with and very erudite.
Brian Frantz
January 23, 2021
I was one of the multitude of students at SC4 that had the honor and privilege to be a student of David Korff's. His knowledge and passion for art and it's history will forever be a part of me. He was the absolute BEST at what he did and I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I will forever be grateful and remember him always. My deepest condolences to all of his family.
Denise A Kish
January 23, 2021
Mr.Korff was a fantastic teacher. He was kind, patient and teaching was definitely his calling in life. I thoroughly enjoyed his class.
January 22, 2021
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