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John M. Keefer

October 19, 1953 ~ May 26, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old


John M. Keefer

DOVER - It is with deep sadness that the family of John M. Keefer, 69, announce he entered into rest at 12:39 a.m. on May 26, 2023. John’s final moments were spent peacefully in his home surrounded by family and close friends. 

Born in Newberrytown October 19, 1953, to the late Allen R. and Cora M. (Fortney) Keefer, John was the youngest of 15 children.  John leaves behind is adoring wife, Christina “Tina” (Snyder) Keefer, with whom he recently celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage; he is also survived by his four children, Chrystal M. Keefer of Wellsville, John A. Keefer and wife, Alyssum of Manchester, Ray D. Keefer and wife, Laura of Big Mount and Becky M. Neail and husband, Matthew of East Berlin; eight grandchildren, Jacob, Austin E., Austin K., Jessie, Aubrie, Tyler, Lillian and Gabrielle; three sisters, Dorothy Ann Cook of Dover, Esther M. Keister of Manchester and Evelyn Mae Smith of York; brother, Merl A. Keefer, Sr. of Dover; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Dean, Robert, Alvin, Raymond, Bruce, Wayne, David; and sisters, Mildred Keefer, Sarah Jane Phillips, Sylvia R. Anderson.

His robust personality will be missed by everyone who knew him.  A welder by trade, John spent 40+ years at Shipley, which later became Aesys, where he worked alongside several of his brothers.  John was very passionate about metalsmithing and spent lots of time in his garage crafting and creating anything someone could imagine, from merry-go-rounds for his grandchildren to woodstoves for family and friend.  He also enjoyed spending time at the races - especially dirt tracks, fishing, traveling with his wife and having a cold beer with friends and family.

A celebration of life will be schedule at a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Emig Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., Dover.

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