Kermith K. Pfaff

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Obituaries in Geneseo, IL | Geneseo Republic

Kermith K. Pfaff, 91, 0f Geneseo, IL passed away on October 9, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 14, 2022, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory-Geneseo Chapel with Rev. Terry Lancaster officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM Friday, October 14, 2022, at the funeral home prior to the service. He will be laid to rest at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Memorials can be made in his name to the American Heart Association or the Geneseo FFA. Condolences can be left at

Kermie was born June 18, 1931, on the farm he lived his entire life on, in Geneseo. He was born the son of Harley and Elizabeth (Detaeye) Pfaff. His father died when he was 6 so he was raised by his grandparents Fred and Albertina Pfaff. Kermie graduated from Geneseo High School in 1949 and served in the Army National Guard. He married the love of his life Jacqueline Ryker Yeargle on February 10, 1967. She survives. As a young boy he delivered newspapers before and after school just to make a nickel. He was the #1 record keeper in Chicago in the FFA and that’s what started his hard-working mentality. Kermie farmed his whole life. He drove semi for A&P Tea Company for many years and then received the million miles award for Eagle Teamsters Union before retiring in 1996. He loved to go camping, gardening, working in the yard and telling his stories. He was an avid Cubs, Illini and Green Bay Packers fan. Kermith and Jackie loved wintering in Texas. He loved life and was a fighter.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Ryker Pfaff, children; Joy (Dave) Behrens of Geneseo, Sheree Yeargle Erwin of Coal Valley, Richard (Pam) Yeargle of Moline and Jack (Julie) Yeargle of Moline, 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, cousin, Nadine Swanson, special “best” friend, Tim (Penny) Hansen and his beloved dog “Suzy”.

Kermith was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and son-in-law, Chris Erwin.

Posted online on October 11, 2022

Published in Geneseo Republic

Service Information


Greenview Memorial Gardens


Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory-Geneseo Chapel
October 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Funeral Service

Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory-Geneseo Chapel
October 14, 2022 at 1:00 PM