MOUNT CARMEL – Bill Kieffer, 79, of Mount Carmel, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at River Oaks in Princeton, Indiana, surrounded by his loving family.
Bill was born July 16, 1939, the son of Hyginus “Buss” Thomas and Pauline Frances (Berberich) Kieffer in Mount Carmel.
He was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School, attended Wabash Valley College and Dale Carnegie Training. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. On Jan. 16, 1982, he married Marilyn Sue Brake Withrow at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Carmel. They enjoyed 36 years of marriage. They loved traveling, cruising, bus trips and time spent at Puerta Vallarta. He liked to fish for crappie and took a trip to Alaska specifically to fish with his sons. For twenty years Bill enjoyed the annual deer hunting trip in southern Illinois with his boys and friends. He delighted in golfing, playing cards and telling jokes!
Bill worked as a Banker’s Life Insurance Agent, sold gas and oil, and was in real estate sales. During his insurance career, he was named the #1 agent in the nation for sales.
Bill was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mt. Carmel. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Eagles. He was active in raising money through the Lions Club to help build Froman Lake.
Left to cherish Bill’s memory is his wife, Marilyn, of 36 years of marriage; children, Gary Kieffer and wife Kim,Vikki Warren and husband Bill, Bill Kieffer, Jr. and wife Ann-Marie, Kelly Kieffer and wife Jennifer; two children by marriage, Dynelle Gromelski and Ron Burks, Dana Blayney and husband Mark; siblings, Jeanette Sgro, Peggy Micko, Kenny Kieffer and Terri Snider; eighteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren.
A funeral mass was held for Bill, Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Robert Zwilling assisted by Deacon Steve Lowe conducted the mass. Pastor Jeremy Henson read the obituary and shared memories of Bill. Donna Lowe played the keyboard and Nancy Olsthoorn served as cantor. Kenny Kieffer and Peggy Micko were giftbearers. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were Charlie Kieffer and Jim Tennis. Pallbearers were Greg Sgro, Peter Sgro, Steven Sgro, Adam Dickerson, Geoff Hodgson and Salvatore Sgro. Honorary pallbearers were Joshua Micko and Brandon Micko. Burial will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Mary’s Catholic School. Envelopes are available at Short Funeral Home and at the church.
Condolences/memorial donations may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com.
Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Bill’s family.