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Joe "JK" Kiefer


1954 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Joe "JK" Kiefer Obituary
Joe "JK" Kiefer, 61, of Edinburg, passed away from cancer on Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Abilene.
A memorial service to celebrate Joe's life will be held Friday, April 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., at the Elmdale Baptist Church, 233 Elmdale Road South, Abilene, Texas, with Pastor Ray Browning officiating.
Burial will take place later this spring (details to follow), at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr, Texas.
Joe was born in Lockney, Texas on Dec. 16, 1954. He attended schools in Edinburg where he was active in football, basketball and baseball. Joe was a graduate of Edinburg High School and was very proud of this accomplishment, as were all his fellow 1974 graduates.
Joe enjoyed doing work as an electrician's helper and providing haircutting services to his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, pool, watching the Dallas Cowboys play football, watching old westerns and mysteries. He enjoyed spending time with family, his numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Joe was the most humble of people and he especially enjoyed lending a helping hand to others in any way that he could. Joe was a proud and active member of the First Baptist Church of Edinburg.
Joe is survived by his two sisters, Linda (Kiefer) Ramirez from Sweetwater and Alma-Belinda (Kiefer) Garcia from Dallas; three brothers, Jacinto Rios, Jr., Juan Jose Rios and Javier Carlos Rios, all from Edinburg. He also leaves behind two nephews, whom he loved and cherished as brothers, Robert Pete Ramirez (and his wife Liela Ramirez) and Raul "RJ" Jesus Ramirez, from Sweetwater; four nieces, Brenda Ramirez of Fort Worth, April Jackson and Abbey Castillo, both of Baltimore, Maryland and P. Priscilla Rodriguez of Irving; 13 great-nephews; four great-nieces; the rest of his family and lifelong friends.
Joe is preceded in death by his mother, Alicia Kiefer Rios; and a brother, William Gordon Kiefer II.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene and Pastor Ray Browning for their support in Joe's final days. A special word of gratitude and appreciation to McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Memorials may be made to the .
Our beloved Joe – Forever in our hearts.
Revelation 21:4
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. "There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Mar. 31, 2016
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