Thursday, May 5, 2011

Arthur Russell "Art" Kiefer, Jr., 90, of Shell Knob, died at his home Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., March 23, 1921, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Russell Kiefer, Sr. On June 19, 1946, he was united in marriage to Margie Pearce who preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 2006. Also preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include: his son, Mark Kiefer and his wife, Andrea, of Decatur, Ga.; his daughter, Michele Plunkett, of Decatur, Ala.; his brother, Robert Kiefer, of Texas; his sister, Dorothy Magno, of Winter Springs, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

He grew up and received his education in Pittsburg, Penn. He graduated from Florida State College with a masters degree in chemical engineering. He served in the United States Marine Corp, where he was a belly gunner in World War II. He served two tours of duty in the Pacific and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. He was a chemical engineer for Sperry Rand Company in Gainesville, Fla., for several years. He later founded his own tubing company, Keystone Tubing Company. In 1982, he and Margie moved to Shell Knob.

A memorial service was held today (Wednesday) in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Rev. Chris Williams conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Lake Park Memorial Gardens, Shell Knob.

Contributions may be made to VFW Post 2203 or Haven of the Ozarks.

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