John T. Lafferty

March 6, 1941 - September 12, 2023

John Theodore Lafferty, age 82, of West Union, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at Mercy Health-Clermont Hospital in Batavia, OH. Born March 6, 1941, in West Union, John T was the youngest child of James William and Grace (Satterfield) Lafferty and was preceded in death by them and by his brother Dr. William Wesley Lafferty and his sister Margaret Alice Wolfe and her husband Phillip; his sister-in-law Joyce (Crawford) Lafferty; his brother-in-law Robert Collins Quinn; and a niece Marla Michelle Lafferty.

On May 18, 1963, John T. married his childhood sweetheart Elaine Kay (Rigdon) Lafferty who survives.  Also surviving are his two sons- John Rigdon Lafferty; Jayson Theodore Lafferty and wife Angie and her sons Leevi Francis and Landon Jones; his daughter Lizabeth Elaine Lafferty and husband Dane Clark; and his granddaughter Alexandria Elaine Clark, all of West Union.  Also surviving are his brother Richard Latour Lafferty of West Union; his sister Mariann Quinn of Napa, California; seven nephews and three nieces; and nineteen great-nieces and nephews.

John T. graduated from West Union High School in 1959 where he excelled in both baseball and basketball, and later was inducted into the West Union High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  He attended the Ohio State University for two years where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity before entering the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating from it in 1962.  Following six months military service at Fort Knox, he began his lifetime service in the funeral profession.  John T. was the fifth generation of his family to own the Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union, established in 1848 by his great-great grandfather W.V. Lafferty.  He was honored by the Ohio Funeral Directors’ Association in 2013 with his 50-year award.  John T. served hundreds of families during his years with the family business, always giving professional care and personal sympathy to those who needed both.

John T. was a member of the West Union First Presbyterian Church where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was a past member of the West Union Lion’s Club, and he served as a trustee for the John T. Wilson Worthy Trust Fund.  John T. was especially proud of his planning and establishment of the Wm. Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection which preserves and displays his family’s history through 175 years of the funeral profession in Adams County.

After retirement John T. enjoyed his winter home at the Venice Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida, where he perfected his golf game while welcoming family and friends to share the sunshine, golfing, and beaches. Summertime found him on the farm at West Union, happy to be near his family and their activities.  Mention must be made of his dearly-loved four-footed companion Foxy Lady who was by his side for 14 years, living the best dog’s life possible!

Memorial Donations can be made to:

Humane Society of Adams County Incorporated

P.O. Box 245, West Union, Ohio 45693

or a charity of your choice.

The visitation is 4 – 7 PM Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated, 205 South Cherry Street, West Union, Ohio 45693.

The second visitation is 9 – 11 AM Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated.

The funeral is 2 PM Sunday, September 17, 2023 at the West Union First Presbyterian Church, 104 South Second Street, West Union, Ohio 45693. Reverend Dr. David Sugarbaker will officiate.

The interment is at West Union Cemetery, 9522 State Route 125, West Union, Ohio 45693.

Friends can sign online condolences at

Lafferty Funeral Home Incorporated serves the family.


Cherrie MacMillan - Sep 21, 2023
Dear Elaine and family, We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He has left a great legacy and will be missed. We pray the Lord comforts you and your family and gives you strength. Love, Cherrie
Tami Baird - Sep 20, 2023
John, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God bless you and give you peace as you continue to serve your community. Tami Baird and family
Lori Hicks - Sep 19, 2023
John, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May your father's legacy continue to shine. OFDA Past President, Lori Hicks
The Evans/West Family's Troy and Jo Ann - Sep 19, 2023
We are sending our prayers to your family, you have provided such compassion and comfort to so many struggling people who are going through some of the toughest times, I pray that you find strength and comfort in the same measure. Our love is with you all
F Carl Daehler - Sep 17, 2023
Our deepest sympathies from the F C Daehler Mortuary to all those at Lafferty on the passing of John. He was a legend and pioneer in the history of Southern Ohio mortuaries.
Christopher Beam - Sep 17, 2023
So sorry to hear of John T's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. He was a wonderful man.
John & Carol Wickerham - Sep 16, 2023
Dear Elaine and family, Please accept our sympathy on the death of John T. You are in our prayers. John & Carol Wickerham
Mike and Kris Roades - Sep 16, 2023
Deepest condolences to you and family.
Rett - Sep 16, 2023
I am so very sad to learn of John T's passing. We had such great fun being neighbors with he & Elaine in FL. Sending my sympathy & {{{HUGS}}} to the entire family.♥
Katie Hutchins - Sep 16, 2023
To the Lafferty Family, My sincere and deepest condolences to you. It was an honor know Mr. John T. Such wonderful character, kind, and absolutely hilarious. Irreplaceable and one of kind. My thoughts and prayer of strength are with you all.
Michael B DeLong - Sep 15, 2023
Dear John, I am so sorry to hear about your father passing your father was a great man. I enjoy working with him a few times at the funeral home he will be missed by many people, especially by his loving wife, Elaine and his children. Please know that you are in my prayers along with your family, hope to see you Saturday your friend Mike
Beth (Mike's old fd neighbor) - Sep 15, 2023
John, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I know you will miss him immensely.
Kimberly O’Madden @ FC DAEHLER Mortuary - Sep 15, 2023
John, please accept my condolences and prayers on the passing of your father Please let me know if we may help in any way Kimberly
Joy Miller-Fite - Sep 15, 2023
Dear Elaine and family, So sorry to hear of John T's passing. We extend our sympathy: Jo Ann Miller and Joy Miller-Fite
Wanda Baldwin - Sep 15, 2023
My deepest sympathy to the Lafferty family.
Gidget Parker - Sep 15, 2023
Very sorry for your family's great loss. Prayers of comfort and peace during this time for all of the Lafferty Family.
Johnna Rigdon Eldridge - Sep 14, 2023
I am sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.
Don and Sarilee Williams - Sep 14, 2023
So sorry to hear of John T’s passing. He was always such a nice man. Prayers that the family finds comfort in memories.
Markus Chamblin - Sep 14, 2023
Deepest sympathy from The Chamblin Family. May your hearts be blessed with John T.’s memory. He was a great man and part of the West Union community. Sending much love to Elaine, John R., Jayson & Lizabeth.