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WILLIAM D. "BILL" KORFF

Services: Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church ~ Faribault
  Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
   
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home ~ Faribault on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3 to 7 p.m.
  and also at the church for one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

 

William D. "Bill" Korff, age 91, of Faribault, died on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at District One Hospital, Faribault.

Memorial services will be at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Dennis R. Tamke, officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault with Veteran's Military Rites provided by Rice County Central Veteran's Association.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3 to 7 p.m., and also at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the services. A memorial service will be conducted by the Masonic Faribault Lodge No. 9 A.F. & A.M. at 6:00 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home.

William D., the son of Beryl and Martha (Schuette) Korff, was born on July 16, 1923 in Faribault. Bill graduated from Faribault High School in 1941 and then attended Princeton University, University of Louisville, and Hamline University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1945 as a 1st Class Petty Officer. In the U.S. Navy, Bill attended Sonar School Advanced and Officers Training School. On October 23, 1945 he married Ione Swanson in Braham, MN. She preceded him in death on September 28, 2003. After his honorable discharge, he worked at Sperry Office Furniture Co. in St. Paul. From 1947 to 1974, Bill was then the owner of Gift & Art and the House of Hallmark. In 1974, he became the VP Risk Management of Wilson Center until 1989 when he retired.

Bill was an active member of the Faribault community. He was the Past President of the Jefferson PTA, a City Council Member, he was on the Rice County Water Patrol for 40 years and served as their Chief Deputy for three years, a Past President of the Downtown Retail Council, he was county appointed for the Public Defender Advisory Board, a volunteer driver for the Veteran's Hospital for Patients, a Past Chairman for the Rice County Red Cross Disaster Committee, on the Maple Lawn Cemetery Board, the Past Executive Director of the Industry Board, on the Board of Directors for Association Graphic Arts, and on the Advisory Board for the Faribault Correctional Facility.

Bill was an active member at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault. He was a Past Chairman of the Usher Committee, the Finance Committee, the Church Council, and for the Funeral Ushers, a past member of the Trustees, a former member of the Church Choir, and a part of the Member Ocneedus Club.

Bill was also a part of many service activities throughout Faribault. He was a Past President and Charter Member of the Exchange Club, Past Master of the Masonic Lodge #9, Past Exulted Ruler of the Elks Club, Past President of the Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman of the Faribault Airport Board and the Joint Faribault/Owatonna Airport Board, 60 year member and 2001 Commander of the American Legion, and the Past District Director of the Wacouta District Boy Scouts.

Bill won many awards throughout his life. These awards include the Jaycee Gold Key and Scroll, the Sertoma Service to Mankind, Faribault Daily News Citizen of the Year, Achievement Award from IAFE, MN Federation of County Fairs Distinguished Service Award, Rice County Senior Citizen of the Year, Minnesota State Honorary FFA Degree, and National Honorary American FFA Degree. He was one of the recipients of the Masonic Hiram Award, which is one of the highest awards in Masonry. Bill was also elected life membership for the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs and the Minnesota State Fair.

Bill also took part in many fair activities. He was the Past President of the Rice County Agriculture Society; he was a Rice County Fair Board Member for 50 years, on the Minnesota State Fair Board of Managers for 16 years, and the President of the State Fair Board for two years.

He is survived by two daughters, Merry (and John) Weiland of Eau Claire, WI and Lori (and Scott) Christensen of Faribault; one daughter in law, Dorothy Korff of Mankato; nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; special friend, Ardis Borg and her daughter, Janna Borg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ione; one son, Steve Korff; and one granddaughter, Lori Weise.

 

 

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Name: Robert Tatro
Email: rhtatro@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2014

Memories

I met Bill when he worked at the CB Wilson Center in 1974 while I was a student there, until 1976. I knew him to be a kind, gentle, understanding man who I was proud to have as a friend. He and Ione represented the Wilson Center in June 1980 at my graduation from Minnesota State Mankato, something I will always treasure. I believe I was the first CBW'er to graduate from college. Several times I rode my 10 speed bike over from Mankato to visit them at their house on Cannon Lake and other friends in Faribault and Northfield. Thank You, Bill, for your kindness, and also serving our Country as you did so proudly. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Name: Dave Eiler
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Date: Thursday September 25, 2014

Memories

It was an honor to have worked with Bill at church and through the Fire Dept. in so many community activities that they would be hard to number!! My sincere sympathy to all the family. Dave Eiler

Name: Michael Cook
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Date: Thursday September 25, 2014

Memories

I am sorry for your loss and have many fond memories of Bill. He will be missed.

Name: Greg Anderson
Email: anderson@ipfw.edu
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2014

Memories

Merry and Lori, How much I loved your Mom and Dad. Our parents were good friends. I have a picture of your dad, Mr.. Mentz, Mr. Brugger, and my dad on a bus that they used for hunting. It is great, and of course, your dad always helped me pick out the appropriate gift from Gift and Art! Nice memories. May your memories comfort you during this sad time and in the future. Greg

Name: Brian & Julie Starkson
Email: Jb.starkson@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2014

Memories

We will forever cherish the memories we had with Bill and Onie as our neighbors, they were the best. Our sympathy goes out to the Korff family.