Rudolph J. Kristoff
Rudolph J. Kristoff, 89, formerly of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Born in the Town of Beecher, the sixth of seven children, to Andrew and Anna Kristoff, immigrants from Slovakia, he grew up on a small farm in Dunbar and graduated as salutatorian from Pembine High School in 1945.
He worked on the railroad before being drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a Second Lieutenant and Platoon Leader until his discharge in 1947. He continued in the Army Reserves as a First Lieutenant until 1960. He attended UW-Madison in 1947 on the GI Bill, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1951. He worked as a Sales Engineer with Allis Chalmers or one of their subsidiaries for 36 years.
On Sept. 28, 1957 he married the love of his life, Elizabeth, "Betty" Doherty and they were married for 45 years until her death in 2003. After he retired in 1987, he was elected Trustee of Henrietta Township then appointed Supervisor in February 1991.
A lifelong golfer, he had three holes in one, the last at age 72. He was a member of the Consumers Bowling League, the Commonwealth Golf League for 25 years and the Jeritol Golf League in retirement.
A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Knights of Columbus, he served as Grand Knight of Council 609 in the 1960's and was also a member of The Jackson County Republican Party, Jackson Right to Life and Michigan Right to Life.
The couple spent many years in the Royal Quarters Social Club where they had many friends. A member of St. John the Evangelist Parish for over 60 years, he served on their first Parish Council after Vatican II. He was a lector, then usher for many years and took communion to the sick after they retired. He was also a member of the St. Francis De Sales Society, formerly Fr. Coyle Society, at Lumen Christi High School.
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, golfing, telling stories, was an avid jokester and brought smiles to those he teased, whether a waitress, caregiver, bank teller or family member. He was an intelligent, generous, hardworking and friendly man who loved God and his family.
He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Kathryn Kristoff (Michael Mitchell); four grandchildren; a great granddaughter; a brother, Raymond (Alice) Kristoff; a sister-in-law, Alberta Kristoff; 39 nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth "Betty" and five siblings, Helena Hennings, Frank Kristoff, Andrew Kristoff, Joseph Kristoff and John Kristoff.
The family received friends at Desnoyer Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Rosary Service at 6 p.m. A Prayer Service was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Monday, Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Fr. James Shaver was celebrant and interment was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Lumen Christi Catholic School.
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