John F. “Jack” Kuffner, 84, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at his residence.
He was born March 23, 1928, in Washington D.C., the son of Dr. Elizabeth (Yahl) and Fred Kuffner. On July 26, 1953, he married Alma Shaw, and she survives at the residence.
Also surviving are three children, Kurt (Donna) Kuffner, of St. Marys, Kris (Donna) Kuffner, of Indianapolis, and Kathy (John) Lampert, of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Elizabeth (fiance Jason Johnson) Kuffner, of St. Marys, Emily (John) Meinerding, of St. Marys, Alex (Jill) Lampert, of St. Marys, Adam Kuffner, of Ypsilanti, Mich., Greg Kuffner, of Cincinnati, and Nathan Kuffner, of St. Marys; and six great-grandchildren, Aiden Meinerding, MaKenna Meinerding, and Cason Meinerding; Braylon Lampert, Zoey Lampert and Bailey Lampert.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by one sister, Betty Ruth Maxwell.
Jack attended high school in Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Memorial High School in St. Marys, where he graduated in 1946. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served as an Aerographer from 1946-48.
Following his discharge from the military, Jack earned a bachelor’s at Ohio University and and Juris Doctorate from Duke University. He was an attorney-at-law for 50 years, with a general practice in St. Marys. He served as assistant prosecuting attorney for Auglaize County for 24 years; prosecuting attorney from 1967-68 and was county court judge, during which time he received the Ohio Supreme Court Award for Superior Judicial Service.
Jack was deeply involved with his community. He served on the St. Marys Board of Health in the 1950s; served on the Western Auglaize County Red Cross Board in the 1950s; served on the St. Marys United Way Fund Board, where he also served as chairman; was a member of the St. Marys Jaycees, where he had served as President; a member of the Auglaize County Democratic Executive Committee; was a life-member of VFW Post 9289 and American Legion Post 323; was a 50 year member of Mercer Lodge 121; St. Marys Chapter 52 and St. Marys Council 81. He was named Mason of the Year in 2008.
He was a very vital part of the life of Zion Lutheran Church in St. Marys, where he had served as an Elder and Deacon. He served on the Finance Committee for the new church building in the 1970s, the Building Committee for the new church facility in the 1960s and 1970s and was a Bethel Bible teacher in the 1970s as well.
He was a Golden Age Member of Eagles’ Lodge 767; past president of the Auglaize County Bar Association; a 50 year member of the Ohio State Bar Association where he was granted Honorary Life Membership; a 50 year member of the American Bar Association.
Jack was a charter member of the St. Marys Kiwanis Club, which was organized in 1956. He served as President and Lt. Governor of Kiwanis and he attended numerous Kiwanis International Conventions, where he served as a Delegate; he received a Hixon Fellowship in 1998, for his service to Kiwanis.
He was currently serving as a member of the Auglaize County Veterans’ Service Commission.
The Kuffners recently donated their woodland to the Heritage Trails Park District, so that others may enjoy the natural beauty of Auglaize County.
In retirement Jack enjoyed traveling around the United States with his wife, Alma, in their motor home.
Funeral rites will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in St. Marys, with the Rev. Bill Maki officiating. Burial with full military honors,will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, where a veteran’s service will be held at 7 p.m. and a Masonic Service will be held at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Heritage Trails Park District or Zion Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be sent to Millerfuneralhomes.net.
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