Eddie Harrison Kiefer, age 53, died at his home surrounded by several loved ones on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
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Eddie was born to Terry Kiefer and Grace Pugh Mahaffey on Aug. 29, 1960, in Burlington where he attended elementary school.
He enjoyed Cub Scouts, wrestling, and 4-H. When he was in high school he enjoyed being on the track team.
While in high school in Greeley he worked at a gas station and grocery store where he met Renae Garcia, the mother of two of his daughters, Felicia and Trish.
Shortly after school he enlisted in the Army. After the Army he moved to Stratton, where he met Michelle Reef Botelho, to whom his youngest daughter Amber was born.
Then he met the love of his life, Susan Eden.
Eddie was a multi-talented man. He helped build many homes in the area, laid concrete, did tree trimming, stump removal, and owned Eastern Plains Sanitation.
Eddie has always enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to be by the water, going fishing, and hunting. He enjoyed many other things like gambling, lottery tickets, riding his motorcycle, and driving and babying his pickup truck.
He is survived by the love of his life Susan Eden; his three daughters, Felicia (Ricky) Perez, Trish Garcia, and Amber (Katie) Goodart; his dad Terry (Judy) Kiefer; his mom Grace Pugh Mahaffey.
He is also survived by his brother Freddie (Suzie) Kiefer, two sisters Tammy (Kenny) Dennis and Tonjau (Brian) Brown, six grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
Eddie was loved by many and will be truly missed by all. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Because of Eddie's eagerness to help anyone he could memorials may be made in his name to the cancer
and can be dropped off at the funeral home.
Brown & Latimer Funeral Home, Burlington was entrusted with these arrangements. Friends and family may go to Brown funeraldirectors.com to leave a condolence for the family
A poem written in memory of Uncle Eddie:
When I am Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And travel my last weary mile,
Just forget if you can,
That I ever frowned
And remember only the smile
Forget the unkind words I have spoken,
Remember some good I have done.
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember, I've had loads of fun.
Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I've fought some hard battles and won,
Ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going;
I would not have you sad for a day.
In the summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay.
Come in the evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west.
Stand for a moment beside me
And remember only my best.
–Eddie Harrison Kiefer
Published in The Burlington Record on Feb. 13, 2014