07/08/1947 - 04/18/2015 Obituary
"We're all Stories in the end, Just make it a good one"
On April 18, 2015 Keith Richard Deufel passed quietly surrounded by his family.
Keith was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 8, 1947 and grew up in Lockport, Illinois and is survived by his wife, Rebecca Deufel; children, Kelly (Ryan) Leonard, Richard (Jennifer) Deufel, William (Allison) Roomsburg, and Amy (Roy) Snyder; grandchildren, Delaney and Chase Leonard, Zane, Stoney, Genevieve Roomsburg, and Ayla Prichard; siblings, William P. Deufel Jr., Thomas Deufel, and Mary (Harold) Dolgner; Aunt; Dorothy Riccio; countless cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as numerous friends. He is preceded in death by his parents William P. Deufel Sr. and Vivian Deufel, and dearest sister in law, JoAnn Deufel.
Keith served his country honorably in the Vietnam War and a patriot every day thereafter. He was a true hero and believed there was no greater honor than to lay down your life for a fellow human being. His support for his fellow soldiers was second only to his devotion to his family. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he continued to serve by becoming a volunteer fireman, serving his community for many years. Keith knew no stranger and accepted all for who they were and without hesitation. The lives of those who knew him have been made brighter by his memory. We would like to give a special thanks to Honor Flight Kern County. His trip on November 11, 2014 was the highlight of his life. As we say goodbye to a devoted husband, loving father, faithful brother, proud soldier and friend, we are comforted by belief that Keith is at peace with his Heavenly Father.
Services are scheduled for May 8, 2014. A procession, led by the Patriot Guard and the American Legion Post #682 Riders, will form at 9:15 a.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield, CA, proceeding to the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, CA for a service at 10:45a.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at the American Legion Post #682, 130 Goodman St, Bakersfield, CA 93305. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Honor Flight Kern County in Keith's name.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 26, 2015
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