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John D. Korves

John D. Korves, age 81, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020 at his home in Holland, MI following a brief illness.

He was born on April 25, 1939 in Yankton, SD to John E. and Elsie Korves.

John served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 including 18 months in Germany, where he met his wife of 55 years, Judy.  Born the son of a nurseryman, John followed in his father’s footsteps from a young age.  After his service he began working at Plumfield’s Nursery in Fremont, NE and continued his career after moving to Holland, MI in 1985 with Vans Pines, then Landscape Design Services until retirement.  While pursuing his career he also dedicated many years to the Masons and Kiwanis.  John never met a dog he didn’t like and was an avid outdoorsman, including hunting and trap shooting.  He was known by many for his story telling and sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Korves (Wilber) of Holland, MI; three children, John F. Korves of Milwaukee, WI, Ann M. Korves-Smith and husband Jeremy of Holland, MI, and Christopher K. Korves and wife Krystal of South Lake Tahoe, CA; five grandchildren, John R. Korves of Arlington, NE, Ashley N. Korves of Milwaukee, WI, Zoe H. Korves and Izabelle R. Korves of Holland, MI, and Logan H. Korves of South Lake Tahoe, CA; two great grandchildren, Aubrey R. Korves and John M. Korves of Arlington, NE; and two sisters, Jeannette Warren of Yankton, SD and Deborah Korves-Gunnink of Omaha, NE.

Memorial service to be held at a later date.

Donations in his name may be made to: Hospice of Holland or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

  • July 10, 2020
    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family Judy! Bob and Mary Dannenberg
    Bob Dannenberg

  • July 10, 2020
    Since our children’s College days we have considered Ann to be an unofficially adopted daughter so we have known and liked her family for many years. A few months ago, at a small party, Ann exclaimed spontaneously that her parents “were the best!” This shows that they left their mark and Dad will not be forgotten. He can consider his life a success and we are glad to have known him. RIP you deserve it!
    Darius and Helene Wampler

  • July 10, 2020
    Since our children’s College days we have considered Ann like an unofficially adopted daughter so we have known and liked her family for quite a few years. A few months ago, Ann was exclaiming that her parents ‘were the best!´. They left their mark and Dad will not be forgotten. He can consider his life a success and we are glad to have known him. RIP you deserve it!
    Darius and Hélène Wampler

  • July 9, 2020
    I love you Dad. I will miss you the rest of my days. Thanks for everything you taught me and the home I was always welcome to come back to.
    John F (Joe) Korves

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