KALBFLEISCH, James - James Stewart "Jim" Kalbfleisch, 78, of Tavistock passed away peacefully with family by his side at Stratford General Hospital on Saturday, February 2, 2019. He was born at Stratford on July 14, 1940 a son of the late Stewart Ogilvy Kalbfleisch and the former Mary Helen Patterson. Jim was an active member of the Tavistock Community in various capacities with Tavistock Minor Hockey, Tavistock Braves Hockey Club, Tavistock Recreational Committee, Grand Valley Minor Hockey (a Life Member) and a former member of the Tavistock Branch #518 Royal Canadian Legion. He enjoyed hobbies of camping, travelling, antique tractors and spending time socializing at Quehl's Restaurant in Tavistock. Jim enjoyed his career of working at Chris. O. Zehr & Sons Farm Implement Dealership, Sebastopol-Tavistock for more than 40 years. Jim married Marjorie Anne (Stere) Leeman at Stratford on January 27, 1971. She predeceased him on September 29, 2011. He is survived by five children, Wendy and Kevin Bender, Kevin Leeman, Lisa Iutzi, Linda and Leon Ruby, Bob and Sherry Kalbfleisch; nine grandchildren, Justin and Inge Bender, Ashley and Mark McKerlie, Cody and Allyssa Iutzi, Josh Ruby, Lindsay Ruby, Grace Kalbfleisch, Tara Burke, Amy Burke and Jessie Burke; three great-granddaughters, Reverie and Ivy Bender and Greer McKerlie; two sisters, Lois and Bill Gottfried and Dianne Traversy; his sister-in-law, Sandra Kalbfleisch and Hugh Brenneman; "Stere" brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Jeanne Stere, Rosie Stere and Gary Stere; several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Ross Iutzi; his brother, Bobby Kalbfleisch and his sister, Carol Anne Kalbfleisch (both in infancy); his brother, Bill Kalbfleisch; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Claire Stere, Bob and Betty Stere, and Jean Stere. Relatives and friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock St.N., Tavistock on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. Pastor Scott Zehr will officiate. Interment in McTavish Cemetery. Reception following. As expressions of sympathy, donations to VON Sakura House Hospice, Woodstock or Tavistock Braves Hockey Club would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home by calling 519-655-2431.
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