Leslie Charles (Jake) Karhoff, age 82, of Edina, MO died Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina.
He was born March 19, 1929, at Edina, MO the son of Charles William and Pearl Wilhelmina Kassahn Karhoff. He was united in marriage to Helen Fern Kiesow on November 13, 1953, at Edina, MO. Surviving are his wife Helen Fern Karhoff of Edina, MO, three children, L. Brenton Karhoff of Edina, MO, Brenda Marie Stansberry and husband Ron of Edina, MO, and Teresa Kay Karhoff Mason and husband Jerry of Edina, MO, six grandchildren, Michael Stansberry and wife Megan, Matthew Stansberry and wife Marcie, Lauren Gander and husband Adam, Thaddeus Karhoff, Brighton and Austin Mason, three step grandchildren, Jennifer Dyer and husband Jeremy, James Goodwin and wife Leah, Jason Goodwin and wife Vanessa, four great grandchildren, Maile and Hallie Stansberry, Colton Gander and Creighton Karhoff, seven step great grandchildren, Clayton, Philip, Joshua, Daniel, and Anthony Dyer, Carter and London Goodwin, two sisters Lola May Klusmeyer and husband Robert, of Quincy, IL, Rita Helen Bono and husband Andrew of St. Louis, MO, and two sisters-in-law Joan Hamlin of Edina and Hazel Haffarnan and husband Pat of Davenport, IA, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Leroy, Leonard, Leon, and Lloyd, and a sister Loretta Comley.
Leslie was raised in Edina, MO where he received his education at St. Joseph Catholic School. He served his country during the Korean conflict in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. Leslie was employed at Kelly Furniture in Edina for several years, Mark Twain Cable Vision and owned and operated Karhoff’s South Side for a number of years retiring in 1996. Leslie was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and was a John F. Kennedy Fourth Degree Knight. Leslie served on the Edina City Council for forty-six years, the Edina Fire Department for fifty years, past president and board member of the Knox county Ambulance District, a member of Cyril Graham American Legion Post # 261 and member of Knox County Memorial Post # 4822 V.F.W. Leslie had also served as Edina Civil Defense Director, and was a past member of the Edina Country Club and Baring Country Club. Leslie enjoyed gardening, visiting with his friends around town and spending time at the Baring Lake with his children and grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 29, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, MO. Father Joseph Hoi and Deacon Ken Berry officiated the services. Burial was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Music was provided by Nancy Reardon, organist, and Jim and Kyle Clark, vocalist. Casket bearers were nephews, Ron Comley, Richard Karhoff, Michael Karhoff, Martin Karhoff, Tom Haggerty, Jim Haggerty, Stephen Karhoff, Michael Bono, and Thomas Bono. Honorary bearers were Richard Goodwin, Les Sheets, Jim Gibbons, Wendell Kurtz, Bill Shubert, Jerome Kriegshauser, Bill Killday and Ralph House.
Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Church Foundation and may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.