Harold "Les" Korff age 97 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 10:30 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military rites by the Hartington VFW Post #5283. Visitation will be on Sunday, April 5, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p m at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Robert Griggs, TJ Griggs, Daniel Roche, Travis Haaland, Margaret Griggs, and Sophie Griggs.
Les was born on September 15, 1917 in Hartington, Nebraska to Herman A. and Eva (Neuhalfen) Korff. He grew up in the Hartington area and graduated from District 79 Elementary School northwest of Pleasant Valley. Les moved to San Diego in 1939 where he worked as a machinist at Consolidated Aircraft until joining the U.S. Army from 1946-1947. He moved back to Hartington in 1948 where he started a custom farming business with his brother, Walt. Les married Margaret Schmidt Griggs in 1966. Marge and Les owned and operated the Coast to Coast Hardware store for 25 years until their retirement in 1991.
During their early retirement years, Marge and Les enjoyed traveling, visiting family, playing cards, and dancing. Les enjoyed staying busy, and continued working on small engines and doing other minor repairs in his home shop throughout his retirement. He was a lifelong avid baseball fan and listened to Big Band music. Les was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
Les is survived by six stepchildren, Tom (Linda) Griggs of Hurst, TX; Winnie Dietsch of Shaker Heights, OH; Sue (Richard) Roche of Ft. Worth, TX; Mary Jo Griggs of Ft. Collins, CO; Fred (Trish) Griggs of Windsor, CO; Sheila Griggs of Ft. Collins, CO; 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; one brother, Raymond (Barb) Korff of LeMars, IA; 3 sisters, Joan Olsen of Coleridge, NE, Beulah (George) Elstead of White River, NY; Irene Foulk of Hartington, NE.
Les was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marge on March 9, 2005 at the age of 79; brother, Walter Korff; sisters, Helen Bell, Edna Auch, and Erma Korff.
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Fred and family, so sorry to hear of Les passing. Have a lot of fine memories in the Coast to Coast store!! Your memories will live in your heart forever.
Denise Lammers Webbert
So sorry to the family of Uncle "Korky" as we fondly remember him. He, my parents Fred & Mary Lou Curbow, "Uncle Johnnie & Aunt Edna" (Korff) Auch & daughter Kathy were life long friends. So many wonderful memories I wouldn't know where to start. Please know that you are in my prayers & thoughts. So sorry.
Janelle (Curbow) Witt, Pierce City, Missouri
My sincerest sympathy to the Korff and Griggs families. I have great memories of both Marge and Les. May you find comfort in your memories. You are in my heart and prayers.
My sympathy to the Korff and Griggs families. I purchased my first 20 gauge shot gun from Coast to Coast in Hartington 35 years ago. I am sure Les sold it to us. Great memories. Our prayers are with your family.
Our sympathy to the Griggs family. I will always remember the good times we had with him at the Coast to Coast conventions. He was a nice man. My Dad really liked him.
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