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Raymond Keifer

Ray Keifer

Sunday, April 12th, 1931 Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

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Obituary for Ray Keifer

A kind, storyteller, Raymond "Ray" Keifer, age 89, of Bellbrook, passed away Wednesday, August 19th, 2020.

He was born on April 12th, 1931, to Philip and Grace Keifer, the oldest of four kids. Ray graduated with the Class of 1949 at Fairmont High School where he played as the offensive tackle for the football team. After high school, Ray joined the Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War. In 1955, he married his beloved wife, Marilyn Jean "Jeanne," and later he became employed with NCR where he worked for 35 years.

Ray loved the color yellow. Specifically, as an avid automobile enthusiast, when seen on a nice, flashy car. Over the years he owned a '69 Firebird, a '78 TransAm, and a Pontiac Fiero, but his dream car was a yellow Corvette convertible. Each year, he, and the rest of the family, looked forward to vacationing in Myrtle Beach, a tradition that has lasted for decades. Ray was an amateur landscaper and car washer, a lover of ice cream and ALL things sweet, and a wearer of hot rod and OSU Football shirts. He was involved for many years with the Trans Am club of Dayton and was on the Board of Directors for the NCR Credit Union. Ray and his wife, Jeanne, were also very involved members at Fairhaven Church and dedicated volunteers at Miami Valley Hospital, where they served over 8,000 hours, 5,000 of which were Ray's.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Grace Keifer. Ray is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn "Jeanne" (Heinz) Keifer, children Kim (Eric) Williams and Randy (Melinda) Keifer, grandchildren Heather (Drew), Amanda (Liz), Travis (Brandi), and Emily, great-grandchildren, Grady, Lily, Parker, and Dean, and siblings Barb Midgley, Harry Keifer, and Steve (Peggy) Keifer. Special thank you to "Anna's Helper's," especially Sheila, for their kind attention and care.

To help the family celebrate his life, you are invited to share during the visitation at Conner and Koch Life Celebration Home (92 W. Franklin St. Bellbrook, Ohio 45305) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday, August 21st. Funeral Services will be held following the visitation, and will begin at 1:00 pm. Burial to follow at Miami Valley Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Dayton (324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420). To help the family celebrate his life you are invited to use Ray's online Book of Memories to share photos, condolences, and memories on his tribute wall at www.ConnerAndKoch.com.


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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W. Franklin St.
    Bellbrook, Ohio
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    Friday, August 21st, 2020
    11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Life Celebration Service

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W. Franklin St.
    Bellbrook, Ohio
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    Friday, August 21st, 2020
    1:00pm
  • Interment

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 |
    Miami Valley Memory Gardens
    1639 E. Lytle-Five Points Rd.
    Centerville, OH
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    Friday, August 21st, 2020

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John & Marty

So sorry Jeannie, we remember our dinners & get togethers with you & Ray.
Also remember all those Kettering meetings, dinners, and end of the year breakfasts.
Our prayers are with you, Kim and Randy. John & Marty Osterday
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Paul Sousa

Jeannie, Kim and Randy,
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Though it has been many years since I last saw Ray, he was always delightful and personable. He cared deeply about you. The memories he leaves behind will be things you will treasure. My thought and prayers are with you.
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Adam, Mackenzie and Madison

For the neighbors who have always made us feel right at home. We are so sorry for your loss.
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