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Arvin H. Kafton

December 21, 1944 January 10, 2023
Arvin H. Kafton
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Obituary for Arvin H. Kafton

Arvin Herluf Kafton, age 78, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at the MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mapleton, Iowa. Father William A. McCarthy will officiate. Committal services will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of Mapleton, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa.

The Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Arvin Herluf Kafton was born on December 21, 1944, to Herluf and Wilma (Tadlock) Kafton on a farm west of Mapleton, Iowa. He attended school in Mapleton and graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1964. After graduation, Arvin joined the Army National Guard and served until 1970.

Arvin married his high school sweetheart, Carole Rauterkus, on October 16, 1965, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mapleton, Iowa, where he was a member.

Arvin farmed his entire life in the Mapleton area. He was a man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and farming was all he ever wanted to do. Besides running his John Deere equipment on the farm, you could find Arvin hunting, riding dune buggies and motorcycles at Timber Ridge, spending time with his family and friends, and camping. He was one of the many people that helped build the Rodney Pits into the Peter’s Park that it is today.

Arvin is survived by his beloved wife Carole (Rauterkus) Kafton of Mapleton, IA; three children: Terry (Stacy Brandon) Kafton of Mapleton, IA, Brenda (Dan) Reimer of Danbury, IA and Brett (Jodi) Kafton of Mapleton, IA; grandchildren Tammy (Riley) Kafton, Justin (Kelsey) Kafton, Toni (Darin) Specketer, Cady Helton, Riley (Dan TenEyck) Kafton, Sam Kafton, Brody (Karly) Kafton, and Bryce (Autumn Schreiber) Kafton; great-grandchildren Grace and Hope Specketer and Asher Kafton; brother Wayne (Zola) Kafton of Mapleton, IA; brothers-in-law Robert Rauterkus of Mapleton, IA and Michael Schincke of Omaha, NE; sister Judy (Jim) Moore of Ft. Collins, CO; and sister-in-law Joan (Don) Heidzig of Aberdeen, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herluf and Wilma (Tadlock) Kafton; son Troy Kafton; daughter Cindy Kafton; grandson Stephen Kafton; sister Arlene (Lyle) Woodward; sisters-in-law Diane Schincke and Donna Davis; and parents-in-law Gilbert and Helen Rauterkus.

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5:00 PM 1/13/2023 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/13/2023 7:00:00 PM
Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home - Mapleton

210 South 5th Street
Mapleton, IA 51034

Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.

Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home - Mapleton
210 South 5th Street Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:30 AM 1/14/2023 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton

201 N 8th Street
Mapleton, IA 51034

St. Mary's Catholic Church Mapleton
201 N 8th Street Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Mapleton, IA 51034

Mapleton 51034 IA
United States

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