John Garfield Krabbenhoft was born in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ester Krabbenhoft; and his brother, Robert Krabbenhoft.
He is survived by his two sons, John M. Krabbenhoft (Michele), Sarasota, Fla., and Jay E. Krabbenhoft, Ankeny; five stepchildren, Sharon Beggs Kennedy
(Donald), Scottsdale, Ariz., Robert Beggs (Joyce),
Scottsdale, Laurella Gaia Baird (Michael), Sedona, Ariz., David Crites (Vici) Louisville, Ky., and Melissa Crites, Louisville; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
John married Lois Wessale Beggs in 1949. They raised four children. They divorced in 1972. He then married
Virginia Crites in 1975. They spent 41 years of true love and friendship together. Virginia passed away in 2016.
John graduated from McKinley High School, Cedar Rapids, in 1939. He then enrolled at the University of
Iowa and joined the freshman football team. One of his coaches was graduate assistant Nile Kinnick. In 1940, John left school and joined the Marine Corps. He
achieved the rank of corporal and parcitipated in and survived the second wave at Iwo Jima. After serving four years in the Marines, he went back to the
University of Iowa and earned a degree in business. He worked as a sales professional. He was vice president of Allen Supply Co. for many years and then moved on to be the district manager of Iowa Machinery & Supply and then area manager for Deco Tool. He retired in 1987.
He and Ginny enjoyed their summer home in Park Rapids, Minn., and wintered in Naples, Fla. They then sold both homes and relocated to their final destination in the Louisville, Ky., area.
John was a versatile athlete, loved his Hawkeyes, a devoted and beloved father and citizen. He enjoyed church, music and his deep faith in God. He treated all living things with great respect. He was the definition of our greatest generation. He will be greatly missed but lives on forever in our hearts and minds.
He will be buried alongside Virginia and his parents at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be
services Jan. 27 at Schur Funeral Home, 7500 W.
Highway 146, Peewee Valley, KY 40056; (502) 2411-2411.
A graveside service at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids will be at a later date.