John Karfit


John Karfit

September 5, 1930 – March 3, 2023

John Karfit, 92, of Gretna, NE, formerly of Westfield, NC, passed away Friday,  March 3, 2023, at the VA Hospital in Omaha.

He was born September 5, 1930 in North Baltimore, Ohio to Joseph and Frances (Janovik) Karfit, one of six children.  John and Barbara Nance were married on December 30, 1952.  She survives in Gretna, NE.  They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary prior to John’s passing.

Survivors include John (Denise) Karfit of Mount Airy, NC; Lori (Scott) Tiell of Bellevue, NE; and Jason Karfit of Winston Salem, NC; grandchildren Christopher Otto, James Otto, Angie Brown (Jamie), Rachel Karfit (Chuck), Camden Karfit, Vanessa Potter (Ryan), Sarah Tiell, Mariska Karfit; great-grandchildren Jacob Brown, Ezra Karfit, Natalie, Luke, Andrew and Benjamin Potter; sister-in-law Sarah Karfit and her three sons Frank, Doug and Brian and their families of Ada, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Frances Karfit; daughter Karen R. Otto; five siblings.

John worked briefly at Whirlpool then enlisted in the United States Army on December 30, 1948 in Toledo, Ohio.  He served a total of 3 years, 5 months, 2 days in the Army during the Korean War and was trained as a radio operator.  While serving in the Army, John was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, 6 Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal and American Occupation Medal.

After the war he returned to his job and then retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 33 years as a press operator in Clyde, Ohio. After retiring from Whirlpool, he and his wife moved to Westfield, NC.  John and Barbara enjoyed gardening and canning their own fruits and vegetables grown in their garden.  He worked part time over 20 years at the Stokes County, NC waste site where he then retired at 84.

John was a humble man and appreciated everything in life, including his family.  He was a very loving individual that will be missed by many.

Celebration of Life:  Sunday, March 19, 2023, 4:00 pm, Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel.

Inurnment:  Greenlawn Memory Gardens in Clyde, Ohio.

To view a live broadcast of the service,  click the link below.



  • Grady “Elmer” Nance Posted March 7, 2023 2:23 pm

    John is my brother-in-law and a very fine man. He was always “John” and was happy to see everyone that was around him. I can hear him now laughing, walking and talking to everyone he sees in Heaven. Probably already got up with my dad and brother Clyde and helping to build something. It makes me happy that now he can hear perfectly without the aid of any hearing devisees.
    My prayers to my sister, John and Lori and the remainder of his family.

    • Jason Karfit Posted March 7, 2023 4:36 pm

      Very well said Elmer!!!

  • SUSAN NANCE Posted March 8, 2023 5:56 am

    John, was my uncle. My dad’s, sisters husband. I’d say he mict be the most humble man I ever met. As my Uncle Elmer, said previously, I can, as well, hear his laugh, and in heaven, he never has to ask for anyone to repeat, anything.
    He always welcomed us all, with open arms.
    Although, many years have passed, since I could see him, never will he be forgotten.
    My love and prayers to Aunt Bobbi, John Randall, Lori and Jay. As well as, the entire family.

  • Karla Rumschlag Posted March 8, 2023 7:10 pm

    I grew up with Lori and was always at the Karfit house. He was a good man and always treated people good. I am so sorry, but he is with the Lord watching down on his family . All my love and sincere condolences to the family.

  • Judy Nance Posted March 8, 2023 8:05 pm

    My deepest sympathies Aunt Bobbie. John was a special brother in law. I enjoyed the years we shared at the farm. So many special memories. I hate the last years we have been so far apart I would love to be there and give you a big hug. I share in your grief. God will warp his arms around you even though I can’t. I know he is happy in his heavenly home meeting all those family members and friends who have gone on before him. He is totally whole now, no problem hearing anything. I would love to have seen the reunion with Clyde. They are probably farming.

    To Jason, John Randle, and Lori my deepest sympathies to you and all the grandchildren and great grandchildren and extended member of the family. I know how much he loved you all.

    I love you all and I will be praying God will uphold with his strong arms
    During this difficult time. Blessings to you all

    Love you my sweet sister in law.

  • David Carlson Posted January 16, 2024 3:41 pm

    I just came across this mans obituary. He sounds like a very fine upstanding man. My Father and Father In Law are both Korean War Veterans who have also passed on. I am sure I will get to see them again, and be introduced to John. I am sure they are all enjoying Heaven together. My sincere condolences…

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