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Walter L. Kieffer Sr.

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Walter L. Kieffer Sr. Obituary
Walter L. Kieffer Sr. St. Johns Walter L. Kieffer Sr., age 85, died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns, MI. Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Johns, MI on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Tyler Barlage officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery in St. Johns, MI. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 2-8 p.m. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Walter was born in St. Johns, Michigan on February 14, 1928, the son of Howard Lewis and Florence Louise (Hopkins) Kieffer. He attended St. Johns Schools and served his country in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Walter married Deloris Lorraine Perry on April 21, 1973 in Ionia, MI. She passed away September 2, 2003. Walter was a lifelong resident of St. Johns. He enjoyed fishing, music, collecting model cars, radios and watches. Walter also enjoyed going to breakfast with his brother and son in law. He retired from General Motors in 1991, and was a member of St. Johns American Legion Post #153. He is survived by daughter Diane and Jim Bernum, son Walter Jr. and Sue Kieffer of Pewamo, MI, son John Kieffer of St. Johns, MI, son Michael Kieffer of Georgia, daughter Dorene Kieffer of Big Rapids, MI, daughter Caroline and Michael Smith of Cadillac, MI, daughter in law Sandy Kieffer of Howard City, MI, 6 step children; Jeffery and Tammy Rings of Clare, MI, Suzan and Gary Molden of St. Johns, MI, Pamela and Michael Rice of St. Johns, MI, Cookie (Veanne) and Larry Kleinhardt of Clare, MI, Bill Rings of St. Johns, MI, Lonnie Rings of St. Johns, MI, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother Howard and Barbara Kieffer of Ovid, MI, sister Arlene Sigafoose of Elsie, MI, and sister in law Joyce Nussbaumer and John Gillespie of St. Johns, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dennis Kieffer, 3 sisters; Barb, Annie, and Shirley, and brother Richard Kieffer. Memorials may be made to St. Johns American Legion Post #153. Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes St. Johns, Michigan.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 25, 2013
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