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George Peter Kief

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Kief, George Peter
97, of Scottsdale, Az. passed away peacefully on October 5, 2013. George was born July 18, 1916 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to George and Emilie (Molter) Kief. Our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather lived the most amazing life growing up as member of the Greatest Generation in the midst of the great depression in the Bronx, N.Y. When very young, his father was seriously injured in an accident, so, George had to deliver ice, laundry, and newspapers to make a few dollars for the family to meet expenses. At Morris High School he developed into an exceptional athlete in baseball and basketball. His home run record in high school stood for several decades, and upon graduation he was offered a tryout and contract with the New York Giants Professional Baseball Club. After graduation he played basketball for several industrial and semi-pro teams and was given an invitation to tryout for the 1936 U.S. Olympic team. Unfortunately, with the country just coming out of the depression and world unrest, George declined both opportunities and instead entered the workforce to make his way in the world and help the family financially. In 1940, he married his high school sweetheart Louise Anna Schneider, and, for the next 64 years, until she died in 2004, lived a marriage made in heaven. When the U.S. entered World War II, George volunteered along with tens of thousands of other young men and joined the Army. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Ski Patrol , and his unit was involved in many skirmishes and battles including the fight for Mt. Belvedere in Italy. In 1946, George was honorably discharged from the army with the rank of Master Sargent. After working as a bookkeeper for several years he realized that to get ahead and make a better life for his family he had to go back to school. He took advantage of the G.I. Bill of Rights and enrolled at Rutgers University. Because he lived and worked in New York and Rutgers was in New Jersey he had to take subways and ferries several nights a week to complete his degree. Finally, in 1953 George graduated with honors from Rutgers and three years later completed and passed his CPA exam. He was virtually inseparable from his wife, Louise ,whether they were attending 10th Mountain Division reunions , volunteering at Vista Del Camino, or most importantly supporting his children and grandchildren by attending their hundreds of sporting events, dances and concerts. George never let his advancing age of 97 slow him down, playing golf weekly , completing the daily crosswords and attending his beloved Giants spring training games he lived life to the fullest and he did it without bravado, fanfare or complaint. George was an amazing man, yet an ordinary man and that is what everyone respected in him. George was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Louise in 2004 and his brother Richard in 1998. He is survived by his son; George Peter Kief II (wife Terri) of Scottsdale ,daughter Louise Anna Hanf (husband Glenn) of Carefree, ,grandchildren George Peter Kief III (wife Tiffanie) of Scottsdale, Julie Kristen Pottinger (husband Dan) of Cave Creek and Todd Kennedy (wife Dana) of Pittsburgh, Pa., four great-grandchildren; Kendall Kief, Blake, Ty and Elsie Pottinger , and step-grandchildren Kassidy Burns, Ian Hanf, Lauren Hanf, and Michelle Planer (husband Steve) and their daughter Avery. In lieu
of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to any of the wonderful hospice organizations which provided him with much comfort and care. Services are private. Arrangements by Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ


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Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 9, 2013
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