James “Jim” M. Krapf, age 71, of O'Fallon, Missouri (formerly of Edwardsville, Illinois) passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 peacefully at home.
Mr. Krapf was born September 15, 1950 in Highland, IL, the son of the late Herbert and Marie Krapf. Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen Ferguson of O'Fallon, Missouri, daughter Laura Karki (Amrit Karki) of Pflugerville, Texas, and daughter Calista Schmidt (Scott Schmidt) of Granite City, Illinois. Also four grandsons: Bryan Schmidt, and Orion, Ossian, and Osyrus Karki. Jim's brothers are: Herbert Krapf (deceased), Ray Krapf, Tom Krapf, and Larry Krapf and his mother in-law, Helen Ferguson and his father in-law, the late Don Ferguson.
Jim's professional career was at AT&T, retiring early at age 50. Jim went on to have various "retirement" jobs at library systems and local libraries. At one of his library posts Jim conducted a book club on international fiction. Jim thoroughly enjoyed reading, was a poetry enthusiast and enjoyed writing. He was an extensive collector of translated foreign literature. In Jim's adulthood he continued to play softball, basketball and enjoyed running, entering many 5K competitions into his 50's. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made in Jim's name to Parkinson's Foundation.