Jeremiah Keefer Sr.

Jeremiah Keefer, Sr. Jeremiah "Jere" Scottland Keefer, Sr., long-time resident of Mercersburg, died Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the Shook Home in Chambersburg. He was a son of the late Herbert W. Keefer and Sarah "Sadie" (Keadle) Keefer. Born July 21, 1924, in Mercersburg, he graduated from the former Mercersburg High School in 1942 and was drafted in the U.S. Army in August 1942 at Fort Meade, Md. After six months of infantry training at Camp Robinson, Ark., he was sent to the European Theater of Operation as a member of the 5th Infantry Division (Red Diamond). He participated in five battles including the D-DAY Invasion of Normandy on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944, and received five battle ribbons with oak leaf clusters and five campaign stars for meritorious service in battle, the ETO ribbon, expert rifleman's badge and a good conduct medal. On July 5, 1944, he auditioned for the U.S. Army Band and was made a member of the concert, ceremonial and dance bands. After three years and two months of overseas duty, he was discharged as a member of the band October 8, 1945 at Camp Campbell, Kentucky. He returned to his home town of Mercersburg that he dearly loved, and worked a short time as manager of the Mercersburg Academy Book Store. From there, he went to work at the former Farmers Bank of Mercersburg where he was employed for 35 years, and was a member of the Franklin-Fulton Bankers Association and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association. He retired as Vice President on July 21, 1984. He was also a former member of the Mercersburg Water Authority, The Mercersburg American Legion Town Band, a life member of the Mercersburg Lions Club where he served as treasurer for 35 years, a life member and Past Commander of the Mercersburg American Legion, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served as treasurer for ten years, was a member of the adult choir, a charter member and former president of the Loyals Sunday School Class, member of the Mercersburg Ambulance Club, MMPW Volunteer Fire Company, and a member of the Mercersburg Fendrick Library. Following retirement, he worked as a genealogist and was a member of Kittochtinny Historical Society, Chambersburg, as well as Historical Societies in Somerset, Bedford, Fulton, Cumberland, and Perry counties, all in Pennsylvania; Clear Spring and Hagerstown in Washington County and Cumberland, Allegheny County, all in Maryland. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Carrie Virginia (Mason) Keefer; a son, Jeremiah S Keefer, Jr. and his wife Linda of Greencastle; a grandson, Scottland C. Keefer; two sisters, Virgie (Keefer) Stratman, Baltimore, and Hazel (Keefer) McCarthy, High Ridge, Mo.; and a brother, Lee Wilson Keefer, Redwood, N.Y.; and a daughter-in-law, Jan Keefer of Frankford, Del. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard E. Keefer. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8 Linden Avenue, Mercersburg, with the Rev. Eric Anderson officiating. Burial at Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 37, Mercersburg; or MMPW Fire Company, 132 N. Main St., Mercersburg, PA 17236; or The Shook Home Benevolent Care Fund, 55 S. Second St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Military graveside services will be conducted by the VFW #1599 Honor Guard of Chambersburg. Arrangements are by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Inc., Mercersburg.

Funeral Home

Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Inc.
47 North Park Avenue Mercersburg, PA 17236
(717) 328-2812

Published in Public Opinion on Feb. 27, 2014