George Jaffke, father of local woman, dies at 89
RIFLE – George Delbert Jaffke died Sunday at the Colorado Veteran’s Care Facility in Rifle. He was 89. Jaffke had previously resided at the Open Gate Assisted Living Facility in Glenwood Springs. He moved to Colorado in 1999 from St. Joseph, Mich., where he had spent the majority of his life.Jaffke was born July 28, 1915, to Hugo and Emma (Foll) Jaffke. He was a 1934 graduate of St. Joseph High School and an Army veteran of World War II. He served in Europe as a surveyor and shipping clerk, and was awarded the Bronze Star.
In 1948, he married Bette Archer with whom he had two children. He worked 30 years as an estimating engineer for George Miller & Sons, an excavating and road building firm. Jaffke and his wife were active members of the Benton Harbor Congregational Church and regularly volunteered at a soup kitchen. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and Fraternal Order of Police Associates of St. Joseph. He also was an avid golfer and bowler, winning many trophies for his teams.
Survivors include daughter JoAnn and son-in-law Paul Steinfort of Gypsum; son Mike and daughter-in-law Carla Jaffke of Houston; grandsons Justin M. Steinfort, James M. Jaffke and Matthew T. Jaffke; sister-in-law Jane Archer and husband Melvin Nelson of Chandler, Ariz., and cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette, and sisters Margaret Fierke and Dorothy Wolf. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Soup Kitchen, P. O. Box 8210, Benton Harbor, MI, 49023-8210 or to F.O.P. Assoc. Lodge 96 at 2665 Niles Rd, St. Joseph, MI, 49085.
A funeral service will be held March 11 at 11 a.m. at the Benton Harbor Congregational Church. Reception will follow. Internment will be at the North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma, Mich.Vail, Colorado