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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Sympathy to a good freinds entire family
Posted by Bob And Janice Cook (Freind) On Sunday, February 17, 2019
Jim was a great friend. Always there to help and support you. He was a master mechanic and could fix just about anything. Super good sense of humour as well, always fun to be with. Will be very sadly missed by many.
sorry for loss my friends and family
Posted by Julie-Marie Hanmer (friends to Linda and Leon Ruby and Lisa Iutzi) On Tuesday, February 12, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss of your dad Linda and Lisa. I guess it's about time I get the Tavistock newspapaer delivered to my house in Delhi. That way I can keep up with the news and everything. Love you all from John Diniz and Jennifer-Rose Hanmer
To Jim's Family
Posted by Deb Wagler and family (Friends) On Thursday, February 7, 2019
We are saddened by the loss of your Dad. It's a loss for the community too. Sending our heartfelt condolences to you.
Thinking of all of you
Posted by Sonya Floyd (Friend) On Wednesday, February 6, 2019
So very heart broken to read this! So glad I had a chance to visit with your dad in the fall. Always a pleasure to chat with and talk about Chocolate Ice cream...and our night at People Care in Tavistock so many years ago. Lots of great memories.

Sending hugs and prayers to each and everyone of you.

Sonya(kollman) Floyd

Posted by Bart & Gerry Danen (Friends) On Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Your Dad was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Bart & Gerry Danen
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