Born Oct. 20, 1958 in Cleveland, he was the son of John J. and Mary (Chainey) Kristoff of Freedom.
Mr. Kristoff was a mechanic at Level Propane in Rootstown. He also had worked at Geauga Lake for several years.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife Margaret V. "Peggy" (Metz), whom he married June 23, 1984; sons, John Joseph III and Andrew Grant, both of the home; parents, John J. and Mary (Chainey) Kristoff of Freedom; and brothers, Kenneth J. and Thomas Michael, both of Freedom and Ricky Scott of Ravenna. His grandmother, Mary Prokay, and uncle, John Krupansky, died in 1996.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Dwaine Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Drakesburg Cemetery in Freedom.