Loren P. Keefe, 79, died peacefully at his daughter's home in Spring Valley on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, surrounded by his family.
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Loren Paul Keefe was born Aug. 26, 1934, to Henry L. and Magdalena (Stegner) Keefe in St. Paul. He graduated from Wilson High School in St. Paul in 1952. Loren attended the University of Minnesota for one year before he enlisted and served in the Army from 1955-1957. He married Marian Burquist and they were later divorced. He married Joanne Lawstuen and he is survived by her. Loren worked for H & R Block and owned and operated Keefe Accounting for many years in Rochester.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing poker and bridge. He was a member of the Rochester Bridge Association. Loren operated a charter fishing boat on Lake Michigan, and in later years, he enjoyed studying genealogy.
Loren is survived by his wife, Joanne Keefe, Chatfield; his children, Mike (Barb) Keefe, Shell Lake, Wis., Julie (Steve) Kelly, Weslaco, Texas, Rich Keefe, Warsaw, Barb Keefe, Spring Valley, Lynn (Richard) Beckard, Kasson; his step-children, Tim (Jodi) Lawstuen, Chatfield, Shelly (Tom) Billiet, Hopkins and Lisa (Joey) Fox, Spring Valley; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Audrey (Gerald) Mitchell, Calif.; and a niece and nephew also in California.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Peter and Sophia Stegner and Henry and Anna Keefe, his parents, Henry and Magdalena Keefe, and two brothers, Henry and Richard.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes' Chapel. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Sept. 3, 2013