George Delbert Jaffke
George Delbert Jaffke was born July 28, 1915, to Hugo and Emma (Foll) Jaffke. He died Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Colorado Veterans Care Facility in Rifle. Previously, he resided at the Open Gate Assisted Living Facility in Glenwood Springs. George moved to Colorado in 1999 from St. Joseph, Mich., where he had spent the majority of his life. 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. George and Bette were active members of the Benton Harbor Congregational Church and regularly volunteered at the Soup Kitchen. George was an avid golfer and bowler, winning many trophies for his teams. He worked 30 years as an estimating engineer for George Miller & Sons, an excavating and road building firm. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and Fraternal Order of Police Associates of St. Joseph. Survivors include daughter JoAnn, and son-in-law Paul Steinfort, of Gypsum; son Mike, and daughter-in-law Carla Jaffke, of Houston, Texas; grandsons Justin M. Steinfort, James M. 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 Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at the Benton Harbor Congregational Church. A reception will follow. Interment will be at the North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma, Mich.
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