Randy Karfs

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Randy Douglas Karfs, 69, of Belleville, IL, born July 2, 1951, in East St. Louis, IL, died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by those he loved the most.

Mr. Karfs was a veteran of the United States Navy and after serving six years, began his 40-year career as an ultrasonographer with John Cochran Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Randy enjoyed playing softball, countless rounds of golf with his friends, sharing music with everyone, and hosting his Christmas party.  He especially loved running and participated in over 26 half-marathons.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Herman and Betty Ann, nee Friedli, Karfs; and a brother, Michael Karfs.

Surviving are wife of 36 years, Patricia Ann, nee Heilich, Karfs, whom he married on August 27, 1983; a son, Jeremy(Mia) Karfs; a daughter, Amy (Evan) Zaggy; a grandson, Benjamin Randy Karfs; and his faithful dachshunds, Wally and Penny. Randy is also survived by his siblings, Craig, Linda, and Todd Karfs; dear brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Dachshund Rescue of St. Louis. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating. Standard CDC guidelines will be in place upon entrance.

Private burial with military honors will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.


21 Comments on Randy Karfs

Kay Munie said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2020 at 9:15 PM

As a former neighbor of the Karfs family, I have fond memories of Randy, his siblings and Betty. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • IL
Mike and Nancy Kovack said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2020 at 2:37 PM

Patty, we're so sorry to hear about Randy, and want to convey our sincerest condolences. Prayers of strength for you, Jeremy, and Amy. We treasure the times we all spent together, especially painting the gym, Trivia Nights, and the Christmas parties at your house. God bless and take care.

  • Newburgh
  • Indiana
Bob and Jan Wuller said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2020 at 4:54 PM

Patty & Jeremy - We were saddened to read of Randy’s passing and wish to convey our condolences to you and your families.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Paul Wesley Pickerel said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2020 at 3:15 PM


  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Steve and Mary Ellen Hoffman said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Patty, Jeremy, and Amy, Steve and I send you our deepest sympathy on the loss of Randy. He was truly a man who loved his faith, family, and friends. You’re such a shining example of his love for life! God bless you all!

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Alice Murakami said : Guest Report Jul 10, 2020 at 1:20 PM

My thoughts and prayers for peace and strength.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mike and Ida Schuchart said : Guest Report Jul 10, 2020 at 8:49 AM

Patti, So sorry to hear of Randy's passing. He has been in our thoughts and prayers since we heard of his illness. I have fond memories of Randy, Albert, and I "cruizin" around Belleville back in our high school days. Randy will be greatly missed.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Maggie said : Guest Report Jul 09, 2020 at 2:31 PM

Patty, i’m so very sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. You and your sweet family will be in our thoughts and prayers. A human body cannot last forever but our love will ! Mark and Maggie

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Mary Anne Warnecke said : Guest Report Jul 09, 2020 at 10:15 AM

Patti, I was so sorry to hear that Randy had passed. I will always remember him as never satisfied with the status quo, and always seeking ways to improve things. May God bless him with an eternal life of peace and happiness.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dale & Brenda Sondag said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 10:55 PM

Randy was an incredible friend and human being. He was kind and compassionate to both humans and animals. He was a great example of how to live a Christian life.

  • Belleville
Albert and Janice Rudert said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 6:58 PM

Our deepest sympathies to you, Pat, and your entire family. Randy was such a good person and a very, very good friend. We will miss him so much. RIP Randy.

  • Addieville
  • Illinois
Juli said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 3:50 PM

Patty, Jeremy and Amy, My heart hurts for you all. I’m glad you have wonderful memories ? ?

  • New Kensington
  • Pa
Kathy and Dave Goetter said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 3:07 PM

Patty and family, we are so, so sorry to hear about Randy's passing. The years we spent watching our children grow up at St. Mary's were some of our best and your family will always be part of that wonderful experience. Prayers for all of you, Dave, Kathy and family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Patti Lewis said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Patty, Amy,Jeremy, I’m so sad to hear that your Dad has passed. May he finally Rest In Peace and May you all know that you are loved and thought of by so many. Thought and prayers are with you during this very difficult time .

  • Chesterfield
  • Mo
Beth Potratz said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 2:28 PM

Patty, I am so sorry to hear this. You have my deepest condolences. He's whole again. May God's love give you peace during this time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Melanie Grimm said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 2:24 PM

Patty, Randy’s been on my prayer list for many months. Happy for him that he is resting well now. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Melanie Grimm

  • Swansea
  • Il
Sandy Harris said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 12:26 PM

Patty and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Randy will now be at peace. Prayers for the family.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Susan Laduzinsky said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 9:04 AM

I’m so sorry to learn of Randy’s illness and his passing. He was a wonderful man who could always make me smile.

  • Clayton
  • MO
Elaine Harter said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2020 at 1:19 AM

Patty and Kids, my heart has broken for all of you. May Randy rest in peace. Such a great helping neighbor to the Harters. Love, Elaine and Mark

  • Belleville
  • IL
Diane Walsh said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2020 at 9:55 PM

Oh Patty, I’m so sad to hear of Randy’s passing. My prayer are with you and the kids. Take good care of yourself and try to take comfort in the fact that he is finally resting in peace after a life well lived with a family well loved.

  • Wildwood
  • MO
Stephanie said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2020 at 9:17 PM

Patty, Jeremy and Amy , I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Randy was an awesome dad and husband . He will be missed by so many . Thinking of you all during this hard time . Love you all . Stephanie , Perry , Taylor and Gaby

  • Ballwin
  • Missouri

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