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MARK A. KEEFER JR., 88, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, Fort Wayne surrounded by his loving family and care givers. Born Aug. 8, 1924, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Mark Sr. and Marie Keefer. He graduated from North Side High School in 1942. Mark graduated from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He retired from his engineering career at Magnavox in 1989. Mark loved to play golf with his best friend, Jack at Willow Ridge Golf Course, and played duplicate Bridge at the Fort Wayne Bridge Center, where he was a Master Player. He was a Ranger in the United States Army during World War II, and climbed the cliffs of Normandy during the invasion of Point du Hoc when he was 19 years old. Mark remained an active member of the Ranger Battalion's Association throughout his life. "He was the sweetest and bravest man you could have ever known, and the best father ever." His daughter Heidi was honored to accompany him as his Guardian on the HONOR FLIGHT, Spring 2012, to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial. His memorable words during that visit were "I never knew I was so famous". He was a member of American Legion Post 47, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, served as Past President of the Fort Wayne Chapter, and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Charlene M. (Brown) Keefer; son, Dr. Matthew A. (Wynne) Keefer of Zionsville, Ind.; daughters, Suzi (Jeff) Michell of Arlington, Texas and Heidi Rae of Fort Wayne; brother, J. Edward (Virginia) Keefer of Fort Wayne; sister, Barbara (Roger) Williams of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Norma (Harold) Fisher; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Mark A. Keefer III; brother, Dick Keefer; and sister, Evelyn Barrett. Memorial service is 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, where a gathering celebrating his life will be held immediately following the service. Memorials to the Disabled American Veteran's or Lewy Body Dementia. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com
D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Maplewood Park
4017 Maplecrest Road Ft. Wayne, IN 46815
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 20, 2013