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Jonathan B. Tuff

February 20, 1969 — March 28, 2021



Jonathan B. Tuff, age 52, of Elkhart passed away on March 28th, 2021 at Elkhart General Hospital.
Jonathan was born on February 20th, 1969 in Elkhart to Jack & Kaye Tuff. He & Brad Priest were married on March 6th, 2016 (totaling 21 Years together) at Artisan in Elkhart.

Jonathan's career was always creative as an Interior Designer, starting with working for his father Jack at Tops Home Center & Tuff Properties.  From 1990-1995 Jonathan owned & operated J.B. Brent & Co, a men's clothing store in downtown Elkhart.  Next came several years living in Chicago & working for Ralph Lauren.  When Jonathan returned to Elkhart he & his sister Cynthia Tuff took over and created the new Garber's Interior Design.  Jonathan's Designs & Projects expand over at least 4 states & most of his clients have become friends.
Charities have always been important to Jonathan & his family which includes being a board member of Ruthmere Museum Campus, Elkhart Symphony, the Ronald McDonald House, & so many more.  Jonathan & Brad's favorite is supporting the Humane Society of Elkhart County, especially the annual Best-in-Show Fundraising Gala.
Jonathan's latest project was "Hey--Let's Talk w/The Garber Boys" a weekly Saturday Morning Live broadcast on the Garber's Interior Design Facebook Page.  On the Show Jonathan would not only talk Design & Gifts but he would promote other Locally Owned Businesses & Charities.

Jonathan is Survived by his husband Brad Priest of Elkhart, his sisters Cynthia J. Tuff of Elkhart and Karen (Mark) Thompson of Louisville, KY and his nephews Chad & Brett

Friends may visit with family from 2-4pm & 6-8pm on Thursday April 1, 2021 at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd Elkhart, IN  46514 and Friday April 2nd 2021 from 1-3pm.
A Service for Jonathan will be held @ 3pm

In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made in Jonathan Tuff's honor to the Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507 or
Online condolences may be made to the family at
In Celebrating Jonathan's Life Please wear Purple or Bright Colors and of course wear Your Favorite Shoes.

Copies of the video tribute may be purchase for $25.00. Please contact the funeral home staff at 574-293-6411


Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19, Bristol IN 46507
Tel: 1-574-848-4225

To send flowers to the family in memory of Jonathan B. Tuff, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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