John H. Kerkhoff, 61, of Templeton, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton. Celebrant will be the Rev. Steve Brodersen and concelebrant will be the Rev. Paul Nguyen. Lector will be Bill Hackfort. Eucharistic ministers will be Charlene Rupiper and Joea Kemper. Music will be by the Sacred Heart Men’s Choir and organist Hannah Warner. Casket bearers will be Cody Gehling, Mark Stueve, Stephen Hoffman, Ben Hackfort, Lance Gruhn and Randy Hackfort. Honorary casket bearers will be Alan and Cheryl Schultes, Dave and Carol Ramsey, LeRoy and Lynette Schlichte, Randy Perepeluk (Dr. P), Paul Kasperbauer, Mark Ferneding and Michelle Kroeger. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, at Sacred Heart Church.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning (www.ohdefuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.
John Henry Kerkhoff, son of Earl and Elizabeth “Betty” (Kalkhoff) Kerkhoff, was born May 8, 1959, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. He grew up on a farm outside of Templeton. In 1977, he graduated from Kuemper High School in Carroll. Upon graduation, John worked as a farmhand for R.J. Knobbe and numerous other neighbors. He also worked part time at the sale barn and assisted in the operations of a custom-spraying business.
On July 1, 1978, John married Karen J. Hackfort at St. Mary Catholic Church in Willey. Four children were born to this union. John and Karen spent their entire lives in the Templeton area. In 1987, John was extremely proud to move to the home place to operate the family farm and continue to raise his family. When his laborers grew up and moved away and the farming industry became a struggle, John began employment at TFI Lighting Products in Willey doing welding and assembly. In 2004, John and Karen built a new house and moved into Templeton.
John’s prolonged health issues began in 2008 when he underwent brain surgery. He was then diagnosed with cancer in 2012. At this point in time, John decided to end his farming career.
John was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. In his spare time, John enjoyed golf cart rides, card playing, watching westerns, tinkering, and spending time with family and friends. His ultimate enjoyment in life was his grandkids. Time spent with them was priceless, and he loved to instill his knowledge into each and every one of them.
John is survived by his cherished wife: Karen Kerkhoff, of Templeton; children: Eric Kerkhoff and wife Jeanne of Templeton, Alan Kerkhoff and wife Lauren of Templeton, and Gina and husband Jeremy Carroll of Manning. He was proud grandpa of 10: Emily, Mitchell, Nolan and Katie Kerkhoff; Abigail, Avery, Eli and Spencer Kerkhoff; and Grace and Piper Carroll; his siblings: Marilyn Hoffman of Carroll, Janice and husband Dan Hackfort of Carroll, Rose and husband Kevin Brinker of Carroll, Jeanne and husband Dwight Gruhn of Manning, and Julia Kerkhoff and friend Bob Gross of Johnston; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Betty Kerkhoff; an infant daughter, Mary Ann Kerkhoff; Karen’s parents: Arnold and Agatha Hackfort; and brother-in-law Rick Hoffman.