John Kauf

John Clifford Kauf

January 18, 1944 - February 22, 2018 


John C. Kauf, 74, of Seville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 after an 18 month battle with brain cancer.

He was born Jan. 18, 1944 in Mansfield to the late William Raymond and Dorcus (Livingston) Kauf and was a 1963 graduate of Norwayne High School.  He served as a military police officer for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 – 1968.  John was a country boy at heart and was happiest in life when he was a part of the farming community.  Whether it was his younger years spent on Franchester Farms, delivering feed for the Seville Elevator or more recently driving field sprayers for Town & Country, he felt like he was doing what he most enjoyed.

John is survived by his daughter, Jessica (Chris) Ellis; his grandson, Brendan; his companion of fourteen years, Debbie Tefs; brothers, Everett Kauf, Don (Barb) Kauf and Bill (Diana) Kauf; his sister, LuAnn (Rusty) Locke and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Russell.

Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 1:30 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston with Rev. Chad Durfee officiating.  Burial will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  Friends may call from 12:00 until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Tributes may be shared at  The family would like to thank the staff at Altercare of Wadsworth and Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service for the wonderful care given to John.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Altercare of Wadsworth or to Hospice of VNS.

To leave a condolence for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left. 

Name: Cindy, Lloyd Eshler

LuAnn,Russ,and Kauf family,  our deepest condolence the loss of your love one.  So sorry  Cindy&Lloyd


Name: JoAnn Garrison

So sorry for your loss. I was a classmate with John.  You will be in my prayers, cannot attend the services as I am out do state. 


Name: Paulette Carbaugh

Debbie and family,

I’m so sorry to read about John. May God bless and comfort you.


Name: Richard Lance

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
Richard Lance


Name: Sandra Burge

So sorry to read about the loss of Johnny. He was a very special person and my thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Name: Mike Molnar

My condolences to the Kauf family. I had the privilege to work with John and his brother Bill for many years. John was a hard worker who took pride in serving the farmers in the community. He will be missed by those of us who knew him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family. 


Name: Jeanette tennant

I'm sorry I cannot be to the funeral, but you all are in my thoughts and prayers.            

Jeanette (Weiser) Tennant


Name: Helen Maibach

 John Kauf
Email message:: My sincere sympathy to John’s family.  I was a classmate, member of the class of 1963, Norwayne High School.
John will be fondly remembered by all his classmates.
Rest In Peace my friend.


Name: Jerrod Lance

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kauf Family.  I had the pleasure to work with John for several years at LE Sommers.  He was a hard and loyal worker and well liked among the farming community. He will be deeply missed. 








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