Gary A. Kieffaber
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age 58 of Spencer, Ohio passed away Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013 from injuries suffered from an auto accident. Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at the Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, Ohio with Rev. Dr. Daniel Grimminger officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Because Gary was so generous with donations, in lieu of flowers, the family asks you donate to one of the following charities in Gary's name; Spinal Cord Association, P.O. Box 934 Chesterland, Ohio 44026, Give Pets A Chance, P.O. Box 732, Wooster, Ohio 44691, or to The
- Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 408 Ninth St. SW, Canton, OH 44707.
Gary was born Dec. 6, 1954 in Wooster, Ohio and was the son of Marvin and Wanda (Lawrence) Kieffaber. He was a 1973 graduate of West Holmes High School and had attended Mount Union and Kent State. In January of 1973 as a senior, he was involved in a serious accident, leaving him a paraplegic, but it never kept him from living a full life. He recently retired from MTD, Valley City as a computer analyst. Gary will be remembered by his family and friends for his easy going nature, his generosity and giving to others and to organizations. Gary had a native intelligence that was remarkable. During his school years, Gary loved playing sports and was a good bowler, before his accident in 1973, and was an avid sports fan all his life. He loved books, movies, political programs and music. One of Gary's proudest moments was appearing, without a lawyer, before the Ohio Supreme Court and arguing his appeal of a minor speeding infraction he believed, on principle, to have been wrongly issued. Gary was one of only a very few lay persons to have done this in the history of the Ohio Supreme Court!
He is survived by his parents, Marvin and Wanda Kieffaber of Millersburg, Ohio; siblings, Mary (Edward) O'Farrell of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Ann Kieffaber (Greg) Grambush of Wooster, Ohio, and Dan (Tabitha) Kieffaber of Millersburg, Ohio; nephew, Josh (Christin) O'Farrell of New Philadelphia, Ohio; nieces, Meghan O'Farrell of Madrid, Spain, Bridget (Steve) Frantz of Wooster, Ohio, and Katelyn Kieffaber of Millersburg, Ohio; great-nieces and nephews, Luke Frantz, Liam and Jameson O'Farrell, Olivia and Colleen Frantz; a special aunt, Phyllis "Polly" Betz, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, William and Katherine Kieffaber; maternal grandparents, Phillip Lawrence and Grace Lawrence; great-grandmother, Mary Betz; uncles and aunts, Irene and Neill Ray and Chester and Esther Kieffaber and special uncle, Welker "Bill" Betz and aunt, Eileen Jackson.
Alexander Funeral Home
8612 Ohio 39 Millersburg, OH 44654
Published in The Times Reporter on Nov. 9, 2013